Peron And The Enigmas Of Argentina

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“This is biography-as-history in the best sense of the term. . . .Mr. Crassweller gives us what is perhaps the best single-volume history of 20th-century Argentina: sensitive, urbane, deeply comprehending, written in a style worthy of the most important of historical themes.” —Mark Falcoff, New York Times Book Review
Inevitably, there is much that is enigmatic and generally misunderstood in the tale of Perón, his country, and his civilization. To provide a kind of view from Olympus and a framework for the ...

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Overview

“This is biography-as-history in the best sense of the term. . . .Mr. Crassweller gives us what is perhaps the best single-volume history of 20th-century Argentina: sensitive, urbane, deeply comprehending, written in a style worthy of the most important of historical themes.” —Mark Falcoff, New York Times Book Review
Inevitably, there is much that is enigmatic and generally misunderstood in the tale of Perón, his country, and his civilization. To provide a kind of view from Olympus and a framework for the narrative history that follows, Part I of this book contains brief sketches of what are seen as the enigmas of Argentina and of Perón. The enigmas are, of course, rooted in the past, and the story, intensely human and historical, thus becomes an adventure in time and its interactions in which the past is summoned to elucidate the present.

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The author, a retired businessman, has brought the same biographical skills to Juan Peron used in his previous work on Trujillo. This book is likely to be compared with Joseph Page's outstanding Peron ( LJ 8/83). Crassweller's study, written in a lively, lucid style, complements Page's earlier biography. He stresses the cultural sources of Peron's personality more than Page, attributing his political behavior to a complex mixture of gaucho, pampa, and Hispanic values he labels as creole. The author successfully captures the essence of Peron in the larger context of Argentina, offering many insights during his years in exile and last term in office. Highly recommended. Roderic A. Camp, Latin American Studies Dept., Central Coll., Pella, Ia.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780393305432
  • Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 12/1/1996
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 448
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.20 (d)

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