America's Backyard: The United States and Latin America from the Monroe Doctrine to the War on Terror [NOOK Book]

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The United States has shaped Latin American history, condemning it to poverty and inequality by intervening to protect the rich and powerful. America?s Backyard tells the story of that intervention. Using newly declassified documents, Grace Livingstone reveals the US role in the darkest periods of Latin American history, including Pinochet?s coup in Chile, the Contra War in Nicaragua and the death squads in El Salvador. She shows how George W Bush?s administration used the War on Terror as a new pretext for ...
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America's Backyard: The United States and Latin America from the Monroe Doctrine to the War on Terror

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Overview

The United States has shaped Latin American history, condemning it to poverty and inequality by intervening to protect the rich and powerful. America’s Backyard tells the story of that intervention. Using newly declassified documents, Grace Livingstone reveals the US role in the darkest periods of Latin American history, including Pinochet’s coup in Chile, the Contra War in Nicaragua and the death squads in El Salvador. She shows how George W Bush’s administration used the War on Terror as a new pretext for intervention; how it tried to destabilise leftwing governments and push back the ‘pink tide’ washing across the Americas. America’s Backyard also includes chapters on drugs, economy and culture. It explains why US drug policy has caused widespread environmental damage yet failed to reduce the supply of cocaine, and it looks at the US economic stake in Latin America and the strategies of the big corporations. Today Latin Americans are demanding respect and an end to the Washington Consensus. Will the White House listen?
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781848136113
  • Publisher: Zed Books
  • Publication date: 4/4/2013
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 1
  • Sales rank: 1,263,551
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Grace Livingstone is a jourbanalist specializing in Latin American affairs.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements vi

Map of Latin America viii

1 Introduction 1

2 The Monroe Doctrine to the Second World War 8

3 The Cold War: The Guatemalan Coup and the Cuban Revolution 23

4 The Alliance for Progress 39

5 The Military Governments of the 1970s 50

6 Reagan and the Central American Tragedy 71

7 The End of the Cold War, 1989-2001 101

8 George W. Bush and the 'War on Terror' 120

9 Why US Drugs Policy Doesn't Work 167

10 Money, Multinationals and Misery 188

11 Coca-Cola, Cartoons and Caricature 215

Postscript 233

Appendix A US Military Interventions in Latin America in the Twentieth Century 237

Appendix B Latin American Dictators Who Took Training Courses at the School of the Americas 238

Notes 239

Index 257

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