Confessions of an Argentine Dirty Warrior

A Firsthand Account of Atrocity

Published to coincide with the first Argentine war crimes trials, a new edition of what Eduardo Galeano calls “the best book about the worst crimes”

“This book caused a furor . . . in Argentina, where at least nine thousand of the ‘disappeared’ remain unaccounted for, but its lessons about officially sanctioned atrocities are universal.” —The New Yorker

Retired navy officer Adolfo Scilingo was the first man ever to break the Argentine military’s pact of silence, stunning his compatriots and the world by openly confessing his participation in the hideous practice of pushing live political dissidents out of airplanes during Argentina’s dirty war.

Available for the first time in paperback, with a new introduction by Judge Gabriel Cavallo on the upcoming military trials and a new epilogue by the author, Confessions of an Argentine Dirty Warrior includes the complete text of Scilingo’s confession in the form of interviews given to Argentina’s best-known investigative journalist, Horacio Verbitsky, along with an afterword by Juan Méndez, putting these events in the context of the dirty war.


Publishers Weekly
“A chilling and courageous work of journalism.”
The Boston Sunday Globe
“A journalistic bombshell.”
The Washington Post Book World
“Neither Hannah Arendt nor Horacio Verbitsky will allow us to ignore what human beings are capable of doing to each other.”
—Jacobo Timerman, author of Prisoner Without A Name, Cell Without A Number

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