The publication in 1982 of Guillermo O’Donnell’s exhaustive, in-cisive, but difficult book on the Argentine regime of 1966-1973 marked the culmination of a decade’s work by a leading figure in the generation of social scientists who came to maturity during the heady years of resurgent popular movements and the nightmare years of military rule that followed.

This book was one of the early contributions to what has now become an agonizing retrospective analysis by a whole generation of Argentine intellectuals of the years leading up to the debacle of 1976 and their own role in it

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