Neither of these two books answers the question, "Who really was Eva Pern?" Enshrouded in myth, this legendary First Lady of Argentina, dead in 1952 at 33 of uterine cancer, remains as mysterious to the reader after reading these books as she was before. From a poverty-stricken and illegitimate background, Eva Maria Duarte de Pern is portrayed in Argentine journalist Ortiz's vituperative book as a power-hungry politico, while the long-lost manuscript In My Own Words portrays an almost leftist Eva who rants for the overthrow of Argentina's tradition-bound oligarchy. Because of the controversy over the authorship, the book cannot legally be attributed directly to Eva Pern; hence the use of "Evita." In an introduction, historian and Pernist scholar Joseph A. Page states he believes the manuscript is legitimate. Unfortunately, much of the truth may never be known because from the time she doctored her birth certificate before her marriage to Pern, Eva was rewriting her personal history.Ortiz's book is an attack on the mythological Eve. Although it includes a bibliography, most of the works cited are in Spanish. Both titles illustrate the problem of biography, especially because Eva will be hot property once more as Madonna stars in the forthcoming film version of Andrew Lloyd Webber's myth-perpetuating Evita. Recommended for Latin American collections and women's studies collections. [See also Tomas Eloy Martnez's novel Santa Evita, LJ 8/96.Ed.]Cynthia D. Bertelsen, Indexing Svcs., Blacksburg, Va.