Annotated Bibliography and Other Reference Materials

Annotated Bibliography:

Anderson, Martin E. Dossier Secreto: Argentina’s Desaparecidos and the Myth of the “Dirty War”. Boulder: Westview Press, 1993.
Anderson’s Dossier Secreto provides a comprehensive introduction to Argentina before, during and after the 1976 coup.  As the title suggests, Anderson seeks to penetrate the “myths” surrounding the official recounting of the junta regime, and probes the disappearances, extensive human rights violations, shadowy international conspiracies and mixed U.S. messages of these years.  He draws from official U.S. and Argentine archival documents, anecdotal evidence and personal testimony to craft a work that provides perspective on the regime from an international, regional, national and local level.
Dinges, John. The Condor Years: How Pinoceht and His Allies Brought Terrorism to Three Continents. New York: The New Press, 2004.
The Condor Years details the events surrounding Pinochet’s 1970 overthrow of Allende in Chile, and the rise and role of the resulting “CONDOR” intelligence network.  Dinges gives the reader the chronology of the coup, provides personal testimony of life in Chile during the years surrounding the coup, and explains how Pinochet’s influence reached from Chile to other South American nations, to the United States, and even to Europe.  Dinges also does a good job of not isolating the Chilean coup or the role of the “CONDOR” network as one moment in history, but he shows the longevity of Pinochet’s influence and the modern legacy of his regime on international human rights.

Feitlowitz, Marguerite. A Lexicon of Terror: Argentina and the Legacies of Torture. New York: Oxford University Press, 1998.
Feitlowitz’s Lexicon of Terror is a telling account of the aftermath of Argentina’s “Dirty War.” Through extensive interviews with victims and their families, Feitlowitz is able to convey the “denial and guilt, as well as defiance and anger” of the Argentine people during the Dirty War, as one reviewer put it. While her work illustrates the political memory of the Argentine people in the context of the “Dirty War,” it also sheds light on Argentina’s collective courage in the face of it’s recent human rights record.


NSA Briefing Books:

“Argentina: Secret U.S. Documents Declassified on Dirty War Atrocities.” The George Washington University. (accessed May 8, 2011).
“Kissinger Blocked Demarche on International Assassinations to Condor States.” The George Washington University. (accessed May 8, 2011).
“On 30th Anniversary of Argentine Coup: New Declassified Details on Repression and U.S. Support for Military Dictatorship.” The George Washington University. (accessed May 8, 2011).
“The Kissinger State Department Telcons.” The George Washington University. (accessed May 8, 2011).
“The Pentagon and the CIA Sent Mixed Message to the Argentine Military.” The George Washington University. (accessed May 8, 2011).
These selections from the series of National Security Archive Electronic Briefing Books draw attention to significant turning points in U.S.-Argentine bilateral relations during Argentina’s last military dictatorship.  Specifically, these briefing books serve to provide access to and analysis of declassified U.S. and Southern Cone government documents from 1976 and 1977.  Each briefing book includes background information that provides a context for the featured documents, which one can read in excerpts on the main page of the briefing book or in full through electronic links.  The documents that are featured in these briefing books tend to highlight U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger’s articulation of U.S. policy regarding Argentine human rights violations and evidence of the Southern Cone military governments’ cooperative security initiative known as Operation Condor.
Other Reference Materials:
Despegado: A timeline from 1976 – 1983, based on reporting done by the Buenos Aires Herald, Argentina’s English-language international newspaper.