In true revisionist fashion the author, an engineer, journalist, and liberal politician, belies his claim to objectivity and presents a heroic San Martín surrounded by unscrupulous enemies. The dominant theme, established in the Rivadavia and Unitary Party chapters, is that of “Barbarism versus Civilization” amended to read “the People versus the effete European-oriented porteños.” Based upon Facundo Quiroga’s recognition of San Martín as “my venerated chief’ and the Liberator’s correspondence with Juan Bautista Bustos and Juan Manuel de Rosas, Uzal constructs a faulty equation in an attempt to make San Martín a representative of the “People.” The Liberator’s monarchical ideas are dismissed as shallow passing sentiments. Uzal attacks Bernardino Rivadavia as an evil mastermind and condemns the Unitarian “Logia Valeper” while barely mentioning the “Logia Lautaro.”
Don Carlos María de Alvear is a fickle friend, Lord Cochrane a pirate and José Miguel Carrera an arrogant caudillo who refused to see that San Martín had nothing to do with the execution of his brothers. Constructed from secondary sources, with a few documents from the Archivo San Martín, this slim volume is the latest addition to the long list of literature concerning the Liberator of the South.