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The killing zone : the United States wages Cold War in Latin America /
Stephen G. Rabe.
imprint
New York : Oxford University Press, c2012.
description
xxxvii, 247 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
ISBN
0195333233 (pbk. : alk. paper), 9780195333237 (pbk. : alk. paper)
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imprint
New York : Oxford University Press, c2012.
isbn
0195333233 (pbk. : alk. paper)
9780195333237 (pbk. : alk. paper)
contents note
Roots of Cold War interventions -- The Kennan Corollary -- Guatemala : the mother of interventions -- War against Cuba -- No more Cubas : the Kennedy and Johnson doctrines -- Military dictators : Cold War allies -- Cold War horrors : Central America.
catalogue key
7781928
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. 197-230) and index.
A Look Inside
About the Author
Author Affiliation
Stephen G. Rabe is Professor of History at The University of Texas at Dallas. He is the author of several books, including John F. Kennedy: World Leader(2010), U.S. Intervention in British Guiana: A Cold War Story (2005), and The Most Dangerous Area in the World: John F. Kennedy Confronts Communist Revolution in Latin America (1999).
Reviews
Review Quotes
"A tight, compelling, deftly-drawn overview. . . . Rabe helps readers see how this doleful past challenges the popular, triumphalist version of the anticommunist struggle. A fresh, valuable addition to the literature."--Michael H. Hunt, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill "Gracefully written and carefully documented, Rabe takes us inside Washington's policy making process to explain not simply the substance of U.S. policy, but also the logic behind it."--Lars Schoultz, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill "The Killing Zone astutely synthesizes recent cutting-edge scholarship. At once analytic and empathetic, Rabe has delivered a thunderous dissent in the midst of the 'job-well-done' back slapping that continues to pass for much of Cold War historiography."--Greg Grandin, New York University
"It is the best text on US policy towards Latin America during the Cold War, despite my criticisms. I think Rabe ably and correctly counters the tendency among many scholars, particularly political scientists or those who argue that the ends justify the means, to downplay the human consequences of US policy in Latin America or around the world." -Steven Bunker, The University of Alabama "Among [The Killing Zone's] many strengths, I especially like the clarity of the writing, the coherence of the main arguments, the persuasiveneness of the thesis, and the author's obvious mastery of his material." -Mark T. Gilderhus, Texas Christian University "The Killing Zone has three major advantages over its major competitors: It is written in a highly readable style, it is comprehensive in its coverage of the United States' role Latin America, and it moves beyond simple human rights criteria to question the effectiveness of the economic and geopolitical aims of the interventions." -Mark Lentz, University of Louisiana, Lafayette "This is a sweeping, no-holds barred rebuke to Cold War triumphalism in Latin America. It is meticulously researched, keeping in mind the most recent discoveries of documents, and it knows where the bodies are buried--literally. Few will come away thinking that the United States fought a "good war" in Latin America." -Alan McPherson, University of Oklahoma "The passion Rabe demonstrates, and his direct, forceful, and sustained criticism of U.S policy will make this book stand out as an accessible and vital touchstone for readers concerned about ethics and international relations." -Jeffrey Taffet, United States Merchant Marine Academy "A tight, compelling, deftly-drawn overview. . . . Rabe helps readers see how this doleful past challenges the popular, triumphalist version of the anticommunist struggle. A fresh, valuable addition to the literature."--Michael H. Hunt, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill "Gracefully written and carefully documented, Rabe takes us inside Washington's policy making process to explain not simply the substance of U.S. policy, but also the logic behind it."--Lars Schoultz, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill "The Killing Zone astutely synthesizes recent cutting-edge scholarship. At once analytic and empathetic, Rabe has delivered a thunderous dissent in the midst of the 'job-well-done' back slapping that continues to pass for much of Cold War historiography."-- Greg Grandin, New York University
"It is the best text on US policy towards Latin America during the Cold War, despite my criticisms. I think Rabe ably and correctly counters the tendency among many scholars, particularly political scientists or those who argue that the ends justify the means, to downplay the human consequences of US policy in Latin America or around the world." --Steven Bunker, The University of Alabama"Among [The Killing Zone's] many strengths, I especially like the clarity of the writing, the coherence of the main arguments, the persuasiveneness of the thesis, and the author's obvious mastery of his material." --Mark T. Gilderhus, Texas Christian University"The Killing Zone has three major advantages over its major competitors: It is written in a highly readable style, it is comprehensive in its coverage of the United States' role Latin America, and it moves beyond simple human rights criteria to question the effectiveness of the economic and geopolitical aims of the interventions." --Mark Lentz, University of Louisiana, Lafayette"This is a sweeping, no-holds barred rebuke to Cold War triumphalism in Latin America. It is meticulously researched, keeping in mind the most recent discoveries of documents, and it knows where the bodies are buried--literally. Few will come away thinking that the United States fought a "good war" in Latin America." --Alan McPherson, University of Oklahoma"The passion Rabe demonstrates, and his direct, forceful, and sustained criticism of U.S policy will make this book stand out as an accessible and vital touchstone for readers concerned about ethics and international relations." --Jeffrey Taffet, United States Merchant Marine Academy
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Summaries
Main Description
The Killing Zone: The United States Wages Cold War in Latin America is a comprehensive yet concise analysis of U.S. policies in Latin America during the Cold War. Author Stephen G. Rabe, a leading authority in the field, argues that the sense of joy and accomplishment that accompanied the end of the Cold War, the liberation of Eastern Europe, and the collapse of the Soviet Union must be tempered by the realization that Latin Americans paid a ghastly price during the Cold War. Dictatorship, authoritarianism, the methodical abuse of human rights, and campaigns of state terrorism characterized life in Latin America between 1945 and 1989. Countries such as Argentina, Brazil, Chile, El Salvador, and Guatemala endured appalling levels of political violence. The U.S. repeatedly intervened in the internal affairs of Latin American nations in the name of anticommunism, destabilizing constitutional governments and aiding and abetting those who murdered and tortured. Incorporating recently declassified documents, Rabe supplements his strong, provocative historical narrative with stories about the fates of ordinary Latin Americans, an extensive chronology, a series of evocative photographs, and an annotated bibliography.
Main Description
The Killing Zone: The United States Wages Cold War in Latin America is a comprehensive yet concise analysis of U.S. policies in Latin America during the Cold War. Author Stephen G. Rabe, a leading authority in the field, argues that the sense of joy and accomplishment that accompanied the endof the Cold War, the liberation of Eastern Europe, and the collapse of the Soviet Union must be tempered by the realization that Latin Americans paid a ghastly price during the Cold War. Dictatorship, authoritarianism, the methodical abuse of human rights, and campaigns of state terrorismcharacterized life in Latin America between 1945 and 1989. Countries such as Argentina, Brazil, Chile, El Salvador, and Guatemala endured appalling levels of political violence. The U.S. repeatedly intervened in the internal affairs of Latin American nations in the name of anticommunism,destabilizing constitutional governments and aiding and abetting those who murdered and tortured.Incorporating recently declassified documents, Rabe supplements his strong, provocative historical narrative with stories about the fates of ordinary Latin Americans, an extensive chronology, a series of evocative photographs, and an annotated bibliography.
Main Description
The Killing Zone: The United States Wages Cold War in Latin Americais a comprehensive yet concise analysis of U.S. policies in Latin America during the Cold War. Author Stephen G. Rabe, a leading authority in the field, argues that the sense of joy and accomplishment that accompanied the end of the Cold War, the liberation of Eastern Europe, and the collapse of the Soviet Union must be tempered by the realization that Latin Americans paid a ghastly price during the Cold War. Dictatorship, authoritarianism, the methodical abuse of human rights, and campaigns of state terrorism characterized life in Latin America between 1945 and 1989. Countries such as Argentina, Brazil, Chile, El Salvador, and Guatemala endured appalling levels of political violence. The U.S. repeatedly intervened in the internal affairs of Latin American nations in the name of anticommunism, destabilizing constitutional governments and aiding and abetting those who murdered and tortured. Incorporating recently declassified documents, Rabe supplements his strong, provocative historical narrative with stories about the fates of ordinary Latin Americans, an extensive chronology, a series of evocative photographs, and an annotated bibliography.
Main Description
This text will be a concise, interpretive history of U.S. policies in Latin America during the Cold War. This book would be written to the highest scholarly standards but would be accessible to upper-level college students and graduate students at universities. The goal is to write a sharp, bold analysis of U.S. activities in Latin America during the post-war period, a critical time in the history of the Cold War and in the history of inter-American relations. Due to the broad nature of the topic, this book can be used as a supplement in many courses: U.S. Foreign Policy, Cold War, U.S. Relations with Latin America, and even a Modern Latin America course. Oddly, there is not much direct competition for the proposed book - only Intimate Ties, Bitter Struggles: The United States and Latin America since 1945 by Alan McPherson (Potomac Books). This text, however, will differ in focus than McPherson's text. The book argues that the United States proved especially effective in winning the Cold War in Latin America. Through overt and covert means, the United States destabilized governments throughout the hemisphere. U.S. policymakers judged these governments as Communist, tolerant of communism, or oblivious to the Communist menace. The United States struck against governments that followed constitutional procedures and democratic processes and professed to be committed to socioeconomic reform. During the period from 1945 to 1989, the United States destabilized governments in Argentina, Brazil, British Guiana (Guyana), Bolivia, Chile, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Nicaragua, and Uruguay.
Table of Contents
Acknowledgmentsp. ix
The United States and Latin America: Cold War Chronologyp. xi
Introductionp. xxv
Roots of Cold War Interventionsp. 1
The Kennan Corollaryp. 21
Guatemala-The Mother of Interventionsp. 36
War Against Cubap. 59
No More Cubas-The Kennedy and Johnson Doctrinesp. 85
Military Dictators-Cold War Alliesp. 114
Cold War Horrors-Central Americap. 144
Aftermathp. 175
Notesp. 197
Recommendations For Further Reading and Researchp. 219
Indexp. 231
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