ARGENTINA: The Revolt that Failed

Tanks and armored cars clattered along the highways; planes ripped through the skies. Buenos Aires' luxury shops hastily slammed their iron shutters as crowds of excited people rushed into the streets. For a few breathless hours last week it seemed that the long-simmering military revolt against Juan Perón had begun. But as revolutions go, it was one of the least successful ever staged. Strong Man Juan Perón crushed it swiftly, almost without bloodshed, and tightened his grip on Argentina's land and people.

Before dawn of the big day, officers at the Colegio Militar...

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