Yankee no! [electronic resource] : anti-Americanism in U.S.--Latin American relations /
Alan McPherson.
Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press, 2003.
257 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
0674011848 (alk. paper)
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Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press, 2003.
0674011848 (alk. paper)
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Includes bibliographical references (p. 239-244) and index.
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About the Author
Author Affiliation
Alan McPherson is Assistant Professor of History at Howard University
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Appeared in Choice on 2004-07-01:
McPherson (Howard Univ.) does a superb job of debunking the myths surrounding this slippery topic. He examines the roots of anti-Americanism in Latin America and goes beyond US stereotypes, showing that Latin American anti-Americanism is genuinely popular, not just the product of a few intellectuals. He convincingly demonstrates the ambivalent nature of the phenomenon. Latin Americans admire US democratic institutions but resent US military interventions in the region and take exception to the patronizing attitude of US policy makers. The book is based on four case studies: the riots against Vice President Nixon in Caracas, Venezuela (May 1958); the US response to Cuban anti-Americanism after the overthrow of the pro-US Batista regime in January 1959; the Panamanian riots of 1964 (elite-co-opted anti-Americanism) and atomized anti-Americanism in the Dominican Republic, culminating in the 1965 US military intervention. McPherson persuasively shows that "anti-Americanism has not been a pathological prejudice but a complex cultural and political" phenomenon. The Latin American experience is a good starting point to analyze the complexities of "global anti-Americanism" briefly discussed in the epilogue. Based on dozens of interviews, archival research, and government documents, this book provides a balanced perspective on an emotionally charged, politicized issue. ^BSumming Up: Highly recommended. Researchers, upper-division undergraduates, graduates, and faculty interested in US-Latin American relations. M. E. Carranza Texas A&M University--Kingsville
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Alan McPherson has not only made a valuable contribution to the literature on U.S.-Latin American relations but, more importantly, he has provided a superb analysis of anti-Americanism by identifying its variability, its ambivalence, and the U.S. resilience in confronting the challenge during the critical years framed in this book. In his sophistication and in his writing he demonstrates all the attributes of a seasoned historian.
[Yankee No!] makes a singular contribution to our understanding of a generally neglected aspect of inter-American relations. It represents a bold attempt to add a cultural dimension to diplomatic history. The current upsurge in anti-Americanism across the globe in the wake of the Iraq war makes its appearance most timely.
Alan McPherson's study in contemporary international history is a timely one. "Yankee No!" combines cultural and political analysis of the decade or so between the mid-1950s and mid-1960s to uncover 'the broader meanings and workings of anti-Americanism' during a period when it was particularly prominent...Written in an admirably detailed and clear style, "Yankee No!" should answer the needs both of general readers interested in the modern politics of the Americas and American foreign policy, and of scholars and students of these disciplines.
Exquisitely timed...McPherson's scrupulous historical account and subtle treatment of inter-American relations illuminates the dilemmas and complexities posed by the multiple variants of anti-Americanism. His superb study can help interpret contemporary political realities and the strains and challenges of managing global affairs in a decidedly unipolar world...McPherson treats 'anti-Americanism' precisely as it deserves to be treated--seriously, carefully, and with great sophistication.
[McPherson's] understanding of Latin American anti-Americanism and the U.S. response is more complex and has more analytical depth than any previous study. The book is extremely well researched in both U.S. archival and Spanish-language sources, and combines a rich discussion of U.S. foreign policy through three presidential administrations, with a sophisticated attention to larger domestic historical processes in both the United States and Latin America.
McPherson examines the years from 1958 to 1966, when anti-Americanism was a prominent theme in inter-American diplomacy, to deliver a helpful reminder that anti-Americanism is not a new phenomenon nor a product only of the Middle East--and that it has been confronted quite effectively in the past, at least when its sources were sought out and taken seriously. He provides several vivid case studies, starting with the attacks on Vice President Richard Nixon in Caracas and continuing on to Cuba, Panama, and the Dominican Republic. Together, these examples show the variability and ambivalence of anti-Americanism; they also emphasize the importance of U.S. policies that respond to its challenges rather than dismissing it as a cynical invention of alienated elites...This well-written and balanced book should be required reading in the White House, in Langley, and around Foggy Bottom.
Alan McPherson's monograph on the role of anti-Americanism in inter-American relations is a timely one. As the author correctly observes, the events and aftermath of September 11 added new urgency to the task of unraveling and understanding the roots of anti-Americanism throughout the world...Yankee No! exhibits both solid research and strong writing...As far as McPherson's writing is concerned, his prose is at once concise and engaging. The author has a good eye for the compelling quote, and the title of the first chapter, 'The Road to Caracas: Or, Richard Nixon Must Get Stoned,' combines humor and compelling historical analysis. Although the book is somewhat brief (170 pages of text), McPherson makes persuasive arguments and explains complex events and issues without resorting to jargon. In short, the book is both intellectually provocative and a good read...For both scholars and interested laypeople, it should be considered essential reading.
The urgency of Alan McPherson's excellent book increases daily during these tumultuous and sanguinary times. The United States would do well to heed his conclusion, that 'arrogance in the face of aggression eventually produce[s] more aggression'...Yankee No! is a timely call to form a new genre of scholarly inquiry into the global phenomenon of anti-Americanism, which has not been treated widely heretofore.
This is a book that should be read by everyone interested in foreign relations, not merely historians specializing in the field but others in the academy and general public. Latin America has always been the testing ground for the development of U.S. foreign policies, and McPherson admirably takes these case studies and demonstrates the nature of anti-Americanism, one that bears a striking resemblance to the current global phenomenon.
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Main Description
In 1958, angry Venezuelans attacked Vice President Richard Nixon in Caracas, opening a turbulent decade in Latin American-U.S. relations. In Yankee No! Alan McPherson sheds much-needed light on the controversial and pressing problem of anti-U.S. sentiment in the world. Examining the roots of anti-Americanism in Latin America, McPherson focuses on three major crises: the Cuban Revolution, the 1964 Panama riots, and U.S. intervention in the Dominican Republic. Deftly combining cultural and political analysis, he demonstrates the shifting and complex nature of anti-Americanism in each country and the love-hate ambivalence of most Latin Americans toward the United States. When rising panic over "Yankee hating" led Washington to try to contain foreign hostility, the government displayed a surprisingly coherent and consistent response, maintaining an ideological self-confidence that has outlasted a Latin American diplomacy torn between resentment and admiration of the United States. However, McPherson warns, U.S. leaders run a great risk if they continue to ignore the deeper causes of anti-Americanism. Written with dramatic flair, Yankee No! is a timely, compelling, and carefully researched contribution to international history.
Table of Contents
Introduction: Anti-Americanism as Historical Problemp. 1
The Road to Caracas: Or, Richard Nixon Must Get Stonedp. 9
Cuba, 1959: Revolutionary Anti-Americanism and U.S. Panicp. 38
Panama, 1964: Conservative Anti-Americanism and U.S. Pragmatismp. 77
Dominican Republic, 1965: Episodic Anti-Americanism and U.S. Containmentp. 117
Epilogue: Toward Global Anti-Americanismp. 163
Abbreviationsp. 173
Notesp. 175
Selected Sourcesp. 239
Acknowledgmentsp. 245
Indexp. 249
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