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True Crimes: Rodolfo Walsh, the Life and Times of a Radical Intellectual Paperback – 1 Sep 2002

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  • Paperback: 250 pages
  • Publisher: Latin America Bureau (1 Sept. 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1899365435
  • ISBN-13: 978-1899365432
  • Product Dimensions: 15.4 x 2 x 23 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,888,559 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Rodolfo Walsh was a writer of crime novels, a tireless investigative journalist who uncovered real political crimes, an instant historian of a turbulent and violent era in Argentinian and Latin American politics. He was in Cuba in 1960, participating in setting up the first revolutionary press service in Latin America, "Prensa Latina", when a coded telex arrived in their offices by mistake. After sleepless nights and with one cryptography manual, Walsh deciphered the plans for the US invasion of Cuba being planned in Guatemala by the CIA. Walsh was active in the Montonero guerrilla in Argentina, co-ordinating information and intelligence work. In that capacity he made public the existence of ESMA, the Naval Mechanics School which was the main military torture centre. In his own name he wrote an Open Letter to the Military Junta, a year from the coup and a day before his death, denouncing the dirty war. He was gunned down in the streets of Buenos Aires by a military death squad. This is an account of Rudolfo Walsh's life. It includes extended excerpts from his varied writings.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Thomas Lindup on 25 Jan. 2006
Format: Paperback
There are certain books that challenge one to question how one would act in certain situations. Faced with a combination of corruption and the utter barbarism of state sponsored terrorism in his homeland Argentina, Walsh opted not to turn a blind eye, but to expose, educate and fight. Walsh's unassuming appearance disguised an intelligent, sublimely articulate and courageous individual, a courage that was to lead to his own untimely end. This is not only a vivid depiction of the extraordinary life of this Argentinian, raised in a displaced Irish community, but also a man of many passions. A translator of detective novels (a popular literary form in Argentina during the period), a journalist and freedom fighter, his achievments on the political front serve to inspire many to this day. However, a life is about more than politics, and as with many great individuals, his personal life failed to compare to his extraordinary feats in the revolutionary realm, the culmination of which resulted not only in his murder, but also the murder of his beloved daughter. This is a book, that both inspires and at times depresses. However, in order to understand the deep rooted effects of tyranny, and the courage of those who stood up to it, this book is a must. The translation of "an open letter to the miltary junta" in itself is enough to bring one to tears, out of utter digust at the regimes actions, and pride, that there are those who will risk personal security to openly denounce such actions.
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