About the Author








David Cox has been a reporter for numerous international publications, including the Miami Herald, the Sunday Times, Clarin, La Nacion, and Perfil. He has also worked for the Buenos Aires Herald and the International Herald Tribune.

His first book, coauthored in Spanish with Damian Nabot about the robbery of Juan Peron’s severed hands, won international acclaim. The English version of that book, Unveiling the Enigma, The Secret behind the Defiling of Peron’s Corpse, will be published this year in the U.S.

David is a graduate of the College of Charleston and holds an M.A. in mass communications from the University of South Carolina. He is currently a journalist with CNN in Atlanta.


From a Speech by Robert Cox

On Tuesday, November 3, 2009, former Herald editor Robert Cox was formally made “an Illustrious Citizen of the Autonomous City of Buenos Aires” in the City Legislature—a recognition of his journalistic heroism and integrity 50 years after he first arrived in Argentina and 30 years after he was forced into exile.

With typical modesty, he spent most of his acceptance speech paying tribute to former journalists both within and beyond the Herald. Outside the press world his appreciation went to his eternal friend Harry Ingham and diplomat Allen “Tex” Harris who contributed hugely to documenting the missing. The press is a human right, Cox insisted—and human rights are much more important than left, right, center, or any political position.

The legislator introducing the initiative to make Cox an honorary citizen was the Civic Coalition's Sergio Abrevaya (a former schoolmate of Cox), who paid tribute to Cox’s choice to commit himself instead of turn a blind eye, sacrificing friendships and social acquaintances in order to save lives.

(review by Michael Soltys & Peter Johnson)

A Look Inside


Dirty Secrets, Dirty War


From 1976-1983, an estimated 30,000 people disappeared in Argentina. They were victims of the “Dirty War” – a brutal campaign designed by the government to root out possible subversives. Those suspected of being dissidents were kidnapped and taken to secret detention centers. Most were tortured and then killed – never seen again. 

Robert J. Cox, editor of the Buenos Aires Herald, did what few others were willing to do – he told the truth about what was happening. Every day his newspaper reported on the kidnappings and killings. He challenged those in power – asking questions and demanding answers. Cox's commitment to reporting the truth made him a hero to the families of the disappeared, but an enemy of the state.

This is the remarkable story of one man’s courage in the face of adversity. It is the story of a man dedicated to protecting the freedom of the press and to protecting his family. It is the story of those who disappeared and the man who stayed in order to tell their stories.

Cox’s story is told by his son David who grew up under the pall of terrorism, but was inspired by his father’s “great courage to write what was true.” He has written the book that his father could not.

Written by David Cox
Foreward by Robert J. Cox

Non-Fiction, 244 pages

Hardcover with dust jacket

ISBN: 978-0-98-187350-3

Price: $14.95 (plus $5.00 shipping/handling)

Originally: $26.95

Now available for $3.99 for Amazon's Kindle and Barnes & Noble's NOOK.

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Award-winning journalist Robert Cox is called the hero of Argentine journalism. As the editor of the Buenos Aires Herald during the Dirty War of the 1970’s and 80’s, he risked his life to report kidnappings, torture and murder of thousands of Argentines by the military government. In Dirty Secrets, Dirty War, Cox's story is told by his son David who grew up under the pall of terrorism, but was inspired by his father's "great courage to write what was true."