During the “Dirty War” of the 1970s, the military junta that controlled Argentina was responsible for kidnapping, torturing, and killing thousands of people. in 1985, democratically elected president Raul Alfonsin decreed that former commanders of the dictatorship be tried for human rights abuses. In Game without End, jaime Malamud Goti argues that, by scapegoating a few former leaders and prosecuting only certain violations, the trials helped politicize that national judiciary, whose duty it was to implement democratic principles. Malamud- Goti was one of the two members of president Alfonsin’s cabinet who organized the trials. This rare insider’s account of a pivotal moment in Argentinian history demonstrates that the trials failed to treat all citizens as equal before the law ans thus perpetuated the cultural us-versus them mentality that enabled the junta to establish authoritarian rule in the first place.
” Malamud-Goti’s work is valuable and through, in spite of its uncomfortable thesis. He takes the reader through a meticulous study of Argentina’s recent unhappy history, analyzing the deep effects of the ‘Dirty war’ and the process of reconciliation in which he was personally involved.”