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The Flight: Confessions of an Argentinian Dirty Warrior [Hardcover]

Horacio Verbitsky , Juan Mendez , Esther Allen
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  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: The New Press (30 Jan 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1565840097
  • ISBN-13: 978-1565840096
  • Product Dimensions: 16.5 x 24.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,411,809 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Incensed by what he perceived as injustices in the treatment of former members of Argentine's military dictatorship, retired navy officer Francisco Scilingo stunned his countrymen and the world by openly confessing to his own participation in the practice of pushing live political dissidents out of airplanes over the South Atlantic during the course of Argentina's dirty war. In a series of interviews with Horacio Verbitsky, Scilingo confirms what was rumoured for years but always denied by the Argentine military. He recounts his inside knowledge of the monstrous campaign of systematic torture and death waged by the military from 1976 to 1983, he details the military's practice of rotating personnal so that everyone including the officers would be complicit, and he talks about the Church's awareness and seeming endorsement of many of the atrocities.

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A tense testimony to a time of terror... 10 Oct 1998
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Format:Hardcover
This book is very helpful in the effort to understand the psychology behind the Dirty War in Argentina. Horacio Verbitsky is a well known authority on this time, since he was pursued by the government during the war and since. The journalistic bravery he has shown certainly merit recognition. His pointed questions to war criminal Francisco Scilingo highlight this telling work. The insights will turn your stomach and blow your mind. The Flight reinforces the notion that the military in any country must have full civilian oversight. The Flight is a not a gentle reminder of this vital concept.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Informative, yet shocking . 9 Jun 1999
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I am appalled by the stories in this book. It is incredible how evil and cruel certain members of our society can be, although I am certainly glad I read this book. Well written, definitely good value here.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Horrid 15 April 2000
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The book disgusts me; I just cannot believe that this happened after the shame of the holocaust.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A tense testimony to a time of terror... 10 Oct 1998
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
This book is very helpful in the effort to understand the psychology behind the Dirty War in Argentina. Horacio Verbitsky is a well known authority on this time, since he was pursued by the government during the war and since. The journalistic bravery he has shown certainly merit recognition. His pointed questions to war criminal Francisco Scilingo highlight this telling work. The insights will turn your stomach and blow your mind. The Flight reinforces the notion that the military in any country must have full civilian oversight. The Flight is a not a gentle reminder of this vital concept.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Powerful Reading 11 Feb 2004
By "moneypenny62" - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Anyone who wants to understand what went through the minds of the torturers, and comprehend how they could perpetuate their atrocities needs to read this deeply moving book. The grubbiness, the gangsterliness, the banality, the bureaucracy and the horror are conveyed in their true magnitude. Yet there is a detachment about it that adds to its credibility. This book is not about left or right, it condemns no political ideology, it doesn't blame the USA - it just tells us what happened and explores deeply how it could happen. I read this book and could not get its vivid presence out of my head for days. Like some psychological trauma, I needed to talk it over afterward.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Flight by Horacio Verbitsky--Book Review 29 May 2001
By Veronica Martino - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Verbitsky transcribes Scilingo's confession regarding the "flights" in which he participated during Argentina's dirty war, between 1976-83. The trivialization of his testimony gives the reader insight on how "desensitized" to their own excesses, the military had become by the time their "deed" was over. Scilingo was the first naval officer to admit to the military's violation of human rights during the war against "subversives". He exempts himself of responsibility by claiming that in the process of carrying out orders from the commanders in charge,the officers themselves, had also become victims of the process. He provides details involving the "loading" of the planes from which live bodies were thrown into the South Atlantic Ocean. A worthwhile tool in making an assessment on the entire story...
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not what I expected 8 Nov 2005
By HardyBoy64 - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Having read several books on this subject matter, I expected THE FLIGHT to provide an in-depth insider's point of view of the events in question. I really didn't learn anything new here. And I agree with the other reviewer who said that this translation is terrible. There are several awkward translations of key terms, such as "final stop" for "punto final", the law prohibiting further legal action taken against the military leaders after a certain date. Try Feitlowitz's "A Lexicon of Terror" instead.
8 of 12 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars A Dreadful Translation 25 Jun 2001
By E. G. Mc Donagh - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
This is an essential read for anyone interested in the contemporary Argentine history. The writer is an acknowledged expert on the subject. Why then have I awarded it one star? Because the translation is appallingly bad, at times bordering on the incomprehensible. One gets the impression that it was done one word at a time, dictionary in hand. If you are not already familiar with the events and personalities of the period you'll have difficulty figuring out what's going on. Conclusion: Only for those who are never, ever going to learn to read Spanish
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