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This is the story of how charges of crimes against humanity were successfully brought against former South American dictators and other oppressors by Spanish courts. In the late 1990s, Spanish Judge Baltazar Garzon, brought criminal charges against Leopoldo Galtieri and Jorge Rafael Videla of Argentina, Augusto Pinochet of Chile, and others, drawing on the 1948 International Declaration of Human Rights. Argentine journalist Anguita offers a fascinating description of how a great number of cases were built against people whose own democratic governments had granted them immunity from prosecution. He takes a fresh approach to a story full of complicated information by reconstructing conversations among the key participants and telling the tale from each protagonist's point of view. Himself a victim of repression from 1973 to 1984 and hence not an impartial observer, Anguita claims to tell the "inside story" of Argentina's "dirty war,"but his numerous assertions and accusations would have been more powerful with stronger documentation. The book virtually cries out for footnotes, and the one-and-a-half-page bibliography is much too brief. Also, an error in the introduction cites Theodore Roosevelt instead of Franklin D. Roosevelt. This account will best serve college libraries and bookstores with a large Latin American politics section. Sonia Merubia, Univ. of Texas at Austin Copyright 2001 Reed Business Information, Inc.