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Razor's Edge


The author of this book, Hugh Bicheno, is a British-American military historian (he was born in Cuba to British parents, is a naturalised citizen of the United States, and today lives in Cambridge, England). He is fluent in English and Spanish, and most importantly (as far as this book is concerned) was working for intelligence in the British embassy in Buenos Aires during the period when the military ruled Argentina.

The most unique thing about this book is that it attempts tells the story of the war from both sides' perspectives. That is not to say that it is uncritical: Bicheno is unfraid of strongly stating his opinions. In particular, the actions of the Argentine military dictatorship is very strongly critized in the book, but additionally, Bicheno points out what he says as many British diplomatic mistakes and weaknesses in the long-running dispute with Argentina.

To me, one rather unusual aspect of the book, is it goes right from the "big picture" view of the war, from there to the specifics of the campaign, and finally into very detailed accounts of individual battles.

As a side note, I did notice that there was a minor controversy when the book was reviewed in the Guardian. Robert Fox (who himself reported on the Falklands War for the BBC), wrote a somewhat critical review in the Guardian (April 1st 2006), to which Hugh Bicheno subsequently responded (April 12th 2006). I do not wish to comment on their debate (you can read it for yourself through the links provided if you want to), but I will say that I enjoyed reading this book, and thought it a worthwhile addition to my personal library of books about the Falklands conflict.


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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 Argentines 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. For Britain it was simply the last straw after decades of humiliation.

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