The authors would like to acknowledge the contributions of Thomas E. Weil, Jan Knippers Black, Howard I. Blutstein, Hans J. Hoyer, Kathryn T. Johnston, and David S. McMorris, who wrote the 1973 edition of Bolivia: A Country Study. The present volume incorporates portions of their work.
The authors are grateful to individuals in various agencies of the United States government and private institutions who gave their time, research materials, and special knowledge to provide information and perspective. None of these agencies or institutions is in any way responsible for the work of the authors, however.
The authors also would like to thank those who contributed directly to the manuscript. These include Richard F. Nyrop, who reviewed all drafts and served as liaison with the sponsoring agency; Sandra W. Meditz, who performed the substantive review of all textual and graphic materials; Mimi Cantwell, who edited the chapters; Martha E. Hopkins, who managed editing; Andrea T. Merrill, who managed production; and Barbara Edgerton, Janie L. Gilchrist, and Izella Watson, who did the word processing. In addition, Beverly Wolpert performed the final prepublication editorial review, and Shirley Kessell compiled the index. Malinda B. Neale of the Library of Congress Printing and Processing Section performed phototypesetting, under the supervision of Peggy Pixley.
David P. Cabitto, who was assisted by Sandra K. Ferrell and Kimberly A. Lord, provided invaluable graphics support. David P. Cabitto prepared the illustrations, Sandra K. Ferrell prepared the ranks and insignia chart, and Kimberly A. Lord prepared all the maps except for the topography and drainage map, which was prepared by Harriett R. Blood. Tim Merrill provided geographic support..
Finally, the authors acknowledge the generosity of the individuals and the public and private agencies, as well as the Embassy of Bolivia, who allowed their photographs to be used in this study. The authros are particularly indebted to Kevin Healy of the Inter-American Foundation for providing many of the photographs used in this volume.
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