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4.0 out of 5 stars Almost a masterpiece
In 1932, Bolivia and Paraguay went to war over a large, flat, sparsely watered plateau called the Gran Chaco. Over the course of three years, the two armies, exhibiting constant bravery and periodic stupidity, dueled, generating at least 90,000 deaths. In this book, Bruce Farcau does a masterful job of educating the reader on what happened during those three unhappy...
Published on 12 Jan 2004 by Kurt A. Johnson

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3.0 out of 5 stars Bolivia and Paraguay
Bolivia doesn't have sea, Bolivia was unfairly stripped from their land from every neighbour. Also the arms, the armaments for the war was provided by the Imperialists as usual.
Published on 23 Sep 2012 by E. Zampieri


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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Almost a masterpiece, 12 Jan 2004
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Kurt A. Johnson (Marseilles, IL USA) - See all my reviews
This review is from: The Chaco War: Bolivia and Paraguay, 1932-35 (Hardcover)
In 1932, Bolivia and Paraguay went to war over a large, flat, sparsely watered plateau called the Gran Chaco. Over the course of three years, the two armies, exhibiting constant bravery and periodic stupidity, dueled, generating at least 90,000 deaths. In this book, Bruce Farcau does a masterful job of educating the reader on what happened during those three unhappy years.
Sadly, this book (I read the 1996 edition) misses being the masterpiece it should have been. First of all, as with too many recent works, it is riddled with typographical errors. (For example, the very first page of the preface (the first page of the book) says, "In this book I have tried to pain [sic] a human face on a decidedly inhuman war.") Secondly, this book contains only one map, a map reprinted from a magazine, and its color-coded illustrations sink into near meaninglessness in the black-and-white reproduction.
That said, though, this is a great book, and well worth reading for anyone interested in learning about the Chaco War. With a quick proofreading, some better maps, and maybe a few pictures, a second edition of this book could be a masterpiece in fact. So, I give this book an only somewhat qualified recommendation.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Farcau strives admirably to make sense of a senseless war, 7 Oct 1997
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This review is from: The Chaco War: Bolivia and Paraguay, 1932-35 (Hardcover)
An "Editor's Choice" in the Winter 1997 "MHQ Review." Editor-in-Chief Robert Cowley writes: "Think of World War I as scripted by Mad Max: The result might be the Chaco War....Farcau strives admirably to make sense of a struggle that was basically senseless."
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3.0 out of 5 stars Bolivia and Paraguay, 23 Sep 2012
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This review is from: The Chaco War: Bolivia and Paraguay, 1932-35 (Hardcover)
Bolivia doesn't have sea, Bolivia was unfairly stripped from their land from every neighbour. Also the arms, the armaments for the war was provided by the Imperialists as usual.
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