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on 8 September 2008
Now more than a quarter of a century ago, the Falklands War of 1982 still stirs up a lot of emotion. Was it a war started by an evil South American dictator in order to distract public attention from domestic economic and social problems, or was it a conflict aggravated unnecessarily by a Cold War-obsessed paranoiac accidentally British PM at the time? Was it a minor conflict that brought Argentina's right-wing miltary junta down or a major engagement of modern forces equipped with state-of-the-art weaponry which resurrected Britain's lost pride as a colonial world power?

This tiny volume will not answer these complex questions in full, but it will definitely provide the reader with a treasure of basic information on the prologue to the war, the actual campaign, and its aftermath. Of course, it doesn't tell the whole story and is slightly pro-British. However, experienced readers will only take it as a starting point for their own research into the subject anyway. This ís the main purpose of this book, which it achieves in quite a convincing way.

The only real disadvantage of this book is its apparent lack of neutrality with regard to the political and moral evaluation of the Malvinas conflict, fuelled by the apparent political naivety of the author. Britain's military cooperation with Chile is mentioned, yet no attention is given to the fact that the Chilean regime was as tyrannical and as fascistic as Argentina's junta at the time. Thatcher's collaboration with Chile clearly demonstrates that the PM's goal was neither to restore democracy in Argentina nor to liberate those poor Kelpers from Argentine rule. The Iron Lady's aim was to demonstrate that Britain even without overt armed assistance from the U.S. was still a major political and military force to be reckoned with. After all, that's why Thatcher in her old days still considered Chile's Pinochet to be someone to have tea with despite his appalling record as a dictator and enemy of democracy - a sobering fact which is not at all treated in the book.

If you're looking for a comprehensive summary of the major events defininig the Falklands War, this book is a recommendable investment of your time and your money, though.
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