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The Last Years of the Monroe Doctrine, 1945-1993

Gaddis Smith

Hill and Wang

0809015684

9780809015689

Trade Paperback

280 Pages

$21.00

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When President James Monroe issued his 1823 doctrine that the United States would brook no foreign intervention in our hemisphere, it quickly became as sacred to Americans as the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution. But in the years after World War II—notably in Guatemala in 1954, in Brazil in 1963, in Chile in 1973, and in El Salvador in the 1980s—the U.S. government's policy of supporting repressive regimes in Central and South America hastened the death of the Monroe Doctrine by denying the very democratic ideals it was intended to protect. This is a penetrating study of one of America's most important foreign policy tools, and essential reading for all those follow U.S. conduct in Latin America.

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"Readers who loathed Mr. Reagan's involvement in Central America will love this book; Mr. Smith takes no prisoners as he lambastes a policy he believes was misguides and mistaken from the beginning . . . Instructive and noteworthy."—Walter Russell Mead, The New York Times Book Review

"Among its contributions, this readable account gives us a badly needed, updated discussion of the Monroe Doctrine (perhaps the nation's most hallowed shibboleth); a different perspective on George Kennan and the origins of the Cold War; and brief, useful overviews of U.S. policies during the 1980s and 1990s—especially in Haiti, Central American, Chile, and Brazil."—Walter LaFeber, Cornell University

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Gaddis Smith is Larned Professor of History at Yale University, where he has taught the history of American diplomacy and foreign policy since 1961. He is the author of numerous books, including Morality, Reason, and Power: American Diplomacy in the Carter Years.
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  • Gaddis Smith

  • Gaddis Smith is Larned Professor of History at Yale University, where he has taught the history of American diplomacy and foreign policy since 1961. He is the author of numerous books, including Morality, Reason, and Power: American Diplomacy in the Carter Years.
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