Many colleagues in the three organizations with which I have been professionally associated for nearly half a century—the American Civil Liberties Union, Human Rights Watch, and the Open Society Foundations— shaped my thinking and contributed to my knowledge of the human rights movement. They are too numerous to name here, but I express my gratitude to them for what they taught me and for taking part with me in many struggles for human rights. Also, I offer my thanks to the many brave men and women whose efforts to promote human rights took place in far more difficult and dangerous circumstances than those in which I did my work and whose experiences are described in this book.
I express particular gratitude to Leonard Benardo and James Goldston, my colleagues at the Open Society Foundations, and to Professors Andrew Nathan and Eric Weitz, for reading the manuscript and for making critical comments. It is, I think, a much better book because of the changes that I made as a result of their comments. Perhaps it would have been better still, with fewer errors, if I had made more. I also benefited greatly from the editorial pen of Eva Jaunzems, and I thank her, Brigitta van Rheinberg, and their colleagues at Princeton University Press for the conscientious professionalism and generous spirit in which they dealt with the book and with me.
I have been fortunate to have a superb staff in my office at the Open Society Foundations, a staff made up of Claudia Hernandez, Virginia Brannigan, Barbara Meeks, and George Hsieh. Virginia Brannigan did the lion’s share of the work on the manuscript, but the others all pitched in from time to time. I am deeply grateful to them.
Finally, I am grateful to Yvette, my life partner, for her indulgence in allowing me to organize our lives over an extended period to make it possible for me to work on this book. This book is dedicated to Yvette.