Acknowledgments
9
If the measure of one’s riches is people—the help and friendship one re-
ceives from others—I am one of the richest persons on earth. I have so
many people to thank for making this project possible, and for improving
how it turned out.
In Chile, the numbers of people who helped are so many I cannot list them
all. I am deeply grateful to every person who consented to an interview, a
conversation, or an argument; to the people who provided documents from
their personal archives; to the sta√s of the archives, documentation centers,
and libraries; to the human rights activists and the victim-survivors who
inspired and challenged me. My colleagues at Facultad Latinoamericana de
Ciencias Sociales (flacso)—Chile provided an o≈ce base, intellectual ex-
changes, and contacts; a library and network of expert transcribers of inter-
view tapes; and a supportive human environment. I owe particular thanks to
Claudio Fuentes, José Olavarría, and Marisa Weinstein for support, intellec-
tual advice, sharing of research, and, in Marisa’s case, research assistance; to
Magaly Ortíz for organizing a network of people, including herself, to pro-
duce interview transcripts; to María Inés Bravo for her amazing flacso
library and ability to find materials; to Enrique Correa and Francisco Rojas
for institutional support; and, most especially, to Alicia Frohmann and Ter-
esa Valdés, for their intellectual engagement and suggestions, their gener-
osity with useful contacts, and their personal a√ection and friendship. Ali-
cia’s help extended from everyday discussions in her o≈ce at flacso, to
comments and critical suggestions after reading a first draft of the first and
third books of the trilogy. Teresa worked through ideas at almost every stage
of the way, generously shared contacts and her Mujeres Por La Vida archive,
and o√ered a helpful critique of an early formulation of ideas. At the Funda-
ción de Documentación y Archivo de la Vicaría de la Solidaridad, the most
important memory and human rights archive and library in Chile, I owe a
special thanks to three amazing women who o√ered warmth, knowledge,
and access to their documentary treasure: Carmen Garretón, María Paz
Vergara, and Mariana Cáceres. I owe similar thanks to Teresa Rubio, a dear
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