Despite a recent upsurge of public and academic interest in the period of military rule in Brazil (1964–85), members of the armed forces themselves have been extremely reticent to speak publicly about their experiences during, and responsibility for, those controversial years. As part of a Getulio Vargas Foundation-sponsored study, however, in 1992 and 1993 researchers Maria Celina D’Araujo, Glaúcio Ary Dillon Soares, and Celso Castro were able to collect extensive oral histories from a number of important military officers. These interview have been transcribed, edited, and published in three separate books. The first, Visões do golpe, contains the officials’ reflections on the period from 1961 to 1967, while the second, Os anos de chumbo, focuses on the security state and ensuing repression, beginning with the 1964 coup and ending in 1974. There is additionally a third text, A volta aos quartéis:...

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