Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
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978-0-7425-3720-0 • Hardback • February 2007 • $132.00 • (£102.00)
978-0-7425-3721-7 • Paperback • December 2006 • $50.00 • (£38.00)
978-1-4616-4280-0 • eBook • December 2006 • $47.50 • (£37.00)
Thomas C. Wright is professor of history at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.
Part I: Human Rights, State Terrorism, and Latin America
Chapter 1: The Human Rights Revolution
Chapter 2: The Latin American Human Rights Crisis
Part II: The Dirty Wars
Chapter 3: Chile under State Terrorism
Chapter 4: The Dirty War in Argentina
Part III: Justice versus Impunity
Chapter 5: Argentina: The Sinuous Path of Transitional Justice
Chapter 6: Chile: Impunity, Truth, and Justice in a Protected Democracy
Conclusion: Chile, Argentina, and International Human Rights
Thomas Wright helps us to understand the ways in which justice and impunity have clashed head on in the crisis over human rights in Latin America. . . . Tell[s] a most instructive and comprehensive story through the comparison of Chile and Argentina. . . . This book will be useful for graduate and undergraduate courses in Latin America, peace and justice studies, and democratization, as well as for those interested in better understanding why it has taken so long for justice to be obtained in Latin America.
— Susan Berger; Journal of Latin American Studies
Thomas C. Wright's State Terrorism in Latin America provides a concise and extremely readable synthesis. . . . Wright's comparative approach offers fresh insights. . . . Wright's international perspective marks a truly original contribution, and his broad synthesis brings together material that was formerly scattered in more specialized studies.
— Hispanic American Historical Review
Wright draws from extensive personal interviews as well as scholarly resources to explore the impact of state terrorism in Latin America between l970 and 1990. . . . Well written with full documentation, his book makes a valuable contribution to both Latin American and international human rights scholarship. . . . Highly recommended.
— Choice Reviews
An in-depth account of the Chilean and Argentine dictatorships. His cogent descriptions of their rise to power, their evolving structures, and their systematic abuses provide an excellent overview of this period, particularly for those new to the field. . . . Detailed, compelling, and highly useful . . . it has value for novices and experts alike.
— Journal of Interdisciplinary History
Traces the evolution of international human rights from the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948, when these rights were essentially a statement of good intentions, to the opening of the International Criminal Court in 2003
Examines Latin America's widespread human rights tragedy of the 1970s and 1980s, explaining the background and causes of the crisis
Offers detailed case studies of the agenda and operation of state terrorism
Chronicles the development of Latin America's most powerful human rights movements
Follows the very different courses of transitional justice in the two countries to the present
• Winner, Winner of the 2007 McCann Prize for Best Book on Latin America