The Battle of the Casbah: Terrorism and Counterterrorism in Algeria 1955-1957
No French army officer had ever spoken out in such detail. Many government officials in 1957, including Francois Mitterand--the future president of France--knew and approved of torture and summary executions in Algeria during Algeria's struggle for independence. The public was never told until now about the actual use and function of torture during the Algerian war by someone directly involved, like General Aussaresses.
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Author ran a secret torture and assassination squad in the Battle of Algiers. "Only rarely were the prisoners we had questioned during the night still alive the next morning." He was responsible for notorious murder of high-ranking rebel in custody, likely supervised the torture of Henri Alleg (The Question)., unapologetic.
This book is an extraordinary document about the real wars, about the real human nature : No hypocrisy, no pacifism, no weakness, but truth and determination in an extremely rare testimony.
Dreamers and pacifists, people who give lessons and pretend to be better than others, for your own sake, do not read this book : it has not been written for you.