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U.S. Presidents and Latin American Interventions


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A stunning account that defines for our lifetime the meaning of the term 'hegemony, ' with a graceful, inviting style that foregoes the strident tone of much of the literature on intervention. . . . Should be at the top of Washington's reading list.--Lars Schoultz, author of Beneath the United States: A History of U.S. Policy toward Latin AmericaAn important addition to the literature on U.S. policy toward Latin America and the general literature on U.S. foreign policy during the Cold War.--William LeoGrande, author of Our Own Backyard: The United States in Central America, 1977-1993A wonderful and refreshingly clear-eyed book.--Howard J. Wiarda, author of The Soul of Latin America
An ambitious, tightly argued, and remarkably self-assured book.--International AffairsAn insightful and valuable study. For those familiar with the contours of U.S.-Latin American relations, this book will reshape and reinvigorate the debate; for those newer to this subject, it will serve as an accessible introduction to a perpetually contested subject.--Journal of Contemporary HistoryGrow demonstrates that domestic political imperatives continued to be fundamental in presidential decisions to promote regime change in Latin America through military, covert, and proxy interventions during and immediately following the Cold War.--Diplomatic HistoryA truly splendid book and impressive scholarly achievement. Grow is an excellent writer and a polished storyteller, all of which make his book valuable for scholars, students, and other interested readers.--Journal of Cold War StudiesA concise, easy-to-read account. This book is a significant achievement.--Journal of American History[This book] better moves forward the debate about the causes of U.S. intervention by asking too-often-overlooked questions about credibility, domestic politics, and Latin American agency.--Hispanic American Historical ReviewMichael Grow tells his readers early that this will be a fresh interpretation of the root causes of U.S. interventionism in the Western Hemisphere during the Cold War--a reconceptualization that seeks to move the historiography of hemispheric interventionism beyond old orthodoxies of security versus economics (p. xiii). It is that, in addition to a rich, fast-moving historical synthesis, that works extremely well. Grow has produced a wonderfully readable overview of U.S. interventionism in Latin America during the Cold War, with each key intervention laid out as a chapter. This is not a history of the interventions themselves or of historical context outside of one very specific objective: Grow is concerned with showing how and why presidents made decisions to intervene. The author makes a compelling case that repeatedly the buck stopped with the president. . . . There is simply no other historical synthesis of U.S. interventionism during the Cold War that so effectively combines these features in weaving a strong narrative on presidential power and interventionism.--H-Net Reviews

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