Reading history can make anyone doubt the essential goodness of human
nature; writing history restored my faith. This book exists because family,
friends, colleagues, and strangers gave me more than I can ever repay. I'm
glad to be able to acknowledge their kindnesses, at last.
Thinking is impossible without friends with whom one can argue, so
I must first thank the following people for their patience and impatience
over the years that we have been disagreeing about art, politics, and Latin
America: Sara Rubenstein Kenney, Liz Hollander, Matthew Ostrowski,
Christian Huygen, John
C.
Russell, Heather Levi, Dennis Hanrahan, Greg
Bylinsky, Elisabeth Vincentelli, Blanca de Lizaur, Eric Zolov, Jeff Pilcher,
Wendy Waters, Pam Ezell, and Yolanda Flores. And thanks, too, to every-
one at Brooklyn Women's Martial Arts and Inyo Dojo for what they have
taught me about the difference between physical and symbolic forms of
coercion.
I gratefully acknowledge the institutions that supported my research:
the Graduate School of Rutgers University, the Schlatter Fund of the Rut-
gers History Department, the Center for Critical Analysis of Contemporary
Culture at Rutgers University, and Allegheny College. My grandfather and
father offered material support without even making me write a grant ap-
plication, and I thank them for that. My brother, Nick Rubenstein, graphics
wizard, digitized the pictures-which, though it seemed like magic to me,
cost him a great deal of time and trouble. Nick, I couldn't have done it
without you.
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