Kidnapped by the Junta (Hardback)

Inside Argentina's Wars with Britain and Itself

Julian Manyon

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'Fascinating … if this gripping account teaches anything, it is the folly of tyrannical regimes believing they can act with the same violence and impunity abroad as they do at home' THE SPECTATOR

'Heart-thumpingly powerful … history told from the closest and most frightening quarters.' SINCLAIR MCKAY, author of The Secret Life of Bletchley Park

Forty years on from the outbreak of the war, acclaimed TV journalist Julian Manyon digs down into Argentina's 'Dirty War' and its effect on the Falklands conflict

On May 12th, 1982, after the first bloody exchanges of the Falklands War, journalist Julian Manyon and his TV crew were kidnapped on the streets of Buenos Aires and put through a traumatic mock execution by the secret police. Less than eight hours later they were invited to the Presidential Palace to film a world-exclusive interview with an apologetic President Galtieri, the dictator and head of the Argentine Junta.

Spurred on by the recent release of declassified CIA documents about Argentina's 'Dirty War', Manyon discovered that his kidnapper was a key figure in the Junta's bloody struggle against left-wing opposition, with a terrifying record of torture and murder. Also in the secret documents were details of the wider picture – the turmoil inside the Junta as the war with Britain got under way, and how Argentina succeeded in acquiring vital US military equipment which made its war effort possible.

Published on the 40th anniversary of the Falklands conflict, this book is an extraordinary insight into the war behind the war. Manyon provides a harrowing depiction of the campaign of terror that the Junta waged on its own population, and a new perspective on an episode of history more often centred on Mrs Thatcher, the Belgrano and the battle of Goose Green.

'Shocking, terrifying and revealing. Ground-breaking history, expertly told – a dramatic new insight into the Falklands conflict.' ROGER BOLTON, BBC journalist and broadcaster



Julian Manyon was a journalist specialising in international stories for more than 40 years, starting in Vietnam. He covered the Falklands War in Argentina for Thames Television's TV Eye and then became a long-serving foreign correspondent for ITN, winning numerous awards for his work. He lives with his wife on their small farm in the south of England.


Fascinating … if this gripping account teaches anything, it is the folly of tyrannical regimes believing they can act with the same violence and impunity abroad as they do at homeThe Spectator
Heart-thumpingly powerful … history told from the closest and most frightening quarters.SINCLAIR MCKAY, author of The Secret Life of Bletchley Park
A full-throttle adrenaline ride from the word go … Manyon has a gift for recreating scenes from his past and the archives with almost cinematic visual details.The Critic
[Manyon's] personal involvement gives an emotional charge to his writing and his book is full of chilling detail.Literary Review
Shocking, terrifying and revealing. Ground-breaking history, expertly told – a dramatic new insight into the Falklands conflict.ROGER BOLTON, BBC journalist and broadcaster
Drawing on a huge tranche of recently declassified US documents, Julian Manyon authoritatively nails the Argentine Junta's regime as one of the most depraved and deluded of modern times. After reading this book, packed with so much graphic new detail, I feel more fortunate than ever to have escaped Argentina with my life.IAN MATHER, former defence correspondent of The Observer
Gripping … a compelling account of a dark period of modern history.STEPHAN SHAKESPEARE, founder and CEO of YouGov

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ISBN: 9781785788529

Price: 20.00 GBP

Pages: 336

Publication date: 17/03/2022

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