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How the United States gained political control in other countries by advising and training foreign police, with an emphasis on Brazil

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Martha K. Huggins is Roger Thayer Stone Professor of Sociology at Union College in Schenectady, New York. She is the editor of Vigilantism and the State in Modern Latin America.

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"Huggins clearly demonstrates the dangerous unintended consequences of U.S. police training." - Dennis M. Rempe, Journal of Interamerican Studies and World Affairs
"With vivid narrative and sharp analysis, Martha Huggins puts the police in its rightful place at the center of Latin American studies. . . . [A]ny look at the future requires an understanding of the past, and no such understanding is complete without the invaluable and pioneering contributions of Political Policing." - Mark Ungar, Political Science Quarterly
[A] scathing indictment of the Office of Public Safety in general and its particular application in Brazil. . . . Her three chapters on OPS and its relationship to the Brazilian military dictators who seized power in 1964 are . . . extraordinary." - Stephen G. Rabe, The International History Review
"Huggins presents the first detailed synthesis of U.S. efforts to penetrate, de-nationalize, and militarize the internal security forces of Latin America under the guise of making Latin American forces more efficient, professional, and democratic." - W. Michael Weis, The Americas
"Political Policing is a superb analysis, lucidly and compellingly written, of the US role in creating, training, and guiding Latin American police forces. - Kenneth Paul Erickson, Luso-Brazilian Review
"Martha Huggins has written a major expose of the CIA's and AID's promotion of state terrorism through political murder, disappearances, and institutionalized torture by civil and military police, and their affiliated death squads in Latin America. Every American concerned about our country's role in the world should read this book."-Philip Agee, author of Inside the Company
"Written with scholarly precision and patriotic outrage, Political Policing is the most comprehensive investigation we have of the long and detestable U. S. involvement in police training in Latin America. Anyone who cares about the future of this hemisphere will want to read Professor Huggins's brilliant expose."-Jack Langguth, Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Southern California
"Political Policing is a superb analysis, lucidly and compellingly written, of the US role in creating, training, and guiding Latin American police forces. -- Kenneth Paul Erickson * Luso-Brazilian Review *
"Huggins clearly demonstrates the dangerous unintended consequences of U.S. police training." -- Dennis M. Rempe * Journal of Interamerican Studies and World Affairs *
"Huggins presents the first detailed synthesis of U.S. efforts to penetrate, de-nationalize, and militarize the internal security forces of Latin America under the guise of making Latin American forces more efficient, professional, and democratic." -- W. Michael Weis * The Americas *
"With vivid narrative and sharp analysis, Martha Huggins puts the police in its rightful place at the center of Latin American studies. . . . [A]ny look at the future requires an understanding of the past, and no such understanding is complete without the invaluable and pioneering contributions of Political Policing." -- Mark Ungar * Political Science Quarterly *
[A] scathing indictment of the Office of Public Safety in general and its particular application in Brazil. . . . Her three chapters on OPS and its relationship to the Brazilian military dictators who seized power in 1964 are . . . extraordinary." -- Stephen G. Rabe * International History Review *

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