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Dying for the Malvinas

Isabel Hilton, 3 March 1988

The Land that Lost its Heroes: Argentina, the Falklands and Alfonsin 
by Jimmy Burns.
Bloomsbury, 287 pp., £5.95, November 1987, 0 7475 0111 4
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Falklands: The Secret Plot 
by Oscar Raul Cardoso, Ricardo Kirschbaum and Eduardo van der Kooy, translated by Bernard Ethell.
Preston, 327 pp., £12, November 1987, 1 870615 05 0
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... There was a junior minister in General Galtieri’s government who, in April 1982, made one of the few perceptive remarks to be made by government ministers on either side of the strange little war that was then being fought. After a brief visit to the newly recovered Malvinas, he said: ‘Every Argentine seems prepared to die for the Malvinas, but none would wish to live there ...

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