Razor's Edge - The Unofficial History of the Falklands War

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 25 March, 2007, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 25 March, 2007, 12:00am

Razor's Edge - The Unofficial History of the Falklands War


by Hugo Bicheno


Phoenix, HK$160


There are already lots of books about the 1982 Falklands war (Guerra de las Malvinas) and probably more ahead for the 25th anniversary of Margaret Thatcher's triumph over the Argies. But Cambridge historian Hugo Bicheno's Razor's Edge - The Unofficial History of the Falklands War will be hard to top. Bicheno imposes political perspective on the military action and, by weaving in Argentina's so-called dirty war and the machinations of the Foreign Office and successive governments in London, offers a fresh take. Cuban-born Bicheno tells the story from both sides and spares neither. He was working for the British Embassy in Buenos Aires when Argentina's military junta, losing the war against its own people in which thousands disappeared, sought via General Leopoldo Galtieri and Admiral Jorge Anaya to take back Las Malvinas. Bicheno's account of diplomatic bluff is good stuff, but his ground fighting, although well-documented with plenty of maps, is less convincing and he misses how close technology came to defeating the Brits.


 

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