The controversial memoir of a top British spy which finally reveals what really went on behind the scenes of the Falklands War. For five years before the Falklands War, Hugh Bicheno was one of the top British spies in Argentina. As such, he gathered hard, corroborated intelligence on Argentine intentions over the Falklands - which the British establishment then chose to ignore. The reasons behind this British decision, and its disastrous and inevitable consequences in the South Atlantic, are the main story of this book. There were three main players in the war, each of them trying to overcome their own cultural baggage. The Argentinians were riddled with guilt: after years of fighting a morally repugnant campaign against its own people, the Argentine military saw a war for the Malvinas islands as a perfect opportunity to win back their self-respect. The hands of the Americans were also bloody from the likewise dirty wars they had sponsored and abetted in Central America, involving first Argentine and later British mercenaries (and as a former mercenary in Central America, the author has first-hand knowledge of this too). For Britain, baffled by the parlous state of the country at the beginning of the 1980s, the defense of the Falklands was a gesture towards their long-gone imperial splendor. The incredible fact that they did not make a mess of it, like they had done with so much, is one of the central themes of the book.
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Hugh Bicheno has had careers as an academic, an intelligence officer and a freelance kidnap and ransom negotiator in South America. He now devotes himself to writing about men at war. His previous books include the bestselling Rebels and Redcoats, written in conjunction with Richard Holmes.Review:
'Bicheno is not a mincer of words... he understands how battles are fought, and explains those of the Falklands perhaps better than any other writer has done... he has done us all a service by explaining them so well for a new generation.' -- Max Hastings DAILY MAIL 'gripping' -- John Keegan DAILY TELEGRAPH 'a hard-hitting account of a short, sharp war. Well written and brilliantly illustrated. In short, a cracking read.' THE GUNNER 'Very detailed, ends a lot of myths. Fascinating and illuminating battle accounts.' SCOTTISH LEGION NEWS
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Descrizione libro Weidenfeld and Nicolson Milita, 2006. Hardcover. Condizione libro: New. Codice libro della libreria P110297846337
Descrizione libro Weidenfeld and Nicolson Military, 2006. Hardcover. Condizione libro: New. book. Codice libro della libreria 0297846337
Descrizione libro Weidenfeld and Nicolson Military. Hardcover. Condizione libro: New. 0297846337 New Condition. Codice libro della libreria NEW6.1078142
Descrizione libro Weidenfeld & Nicolson Ltd, 2006. Hardcover. Condizione libro: Brand New. 320 pages. 9.50x6.50x1.50 inches. In Stock. Codice libro della libreria zk0297846337