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"Loveman's work is valuable."
-Journal of American Studies
"No Higher Law is a comprehensive rewriting of U.S. history that shows in detail how domestic politics in the United States was--and remains--inextricably linked to territorial expansion, conquest, and militarism, and that the 'missing link' is U.S. relations with Latin America. A masterful narrative and sobering corrective to the notion that the United States was ever isolationist or that its latest wars in Iraq and Afghanistan were betrayals of its republican tradition."--Greg Grandin, New York University
"No Higher Law is a remarkably wide-ranging and provocative inquiry that illuminates the continuities in U.S. foreign policy in the Western Hemisphere. The book highlights the hubris and paternalism that has historically characterized how the United States deals with its southern neighbors. Loveman convincingly shows how difficult it is to satisfy the lofty rhetoric of partnership in light of U.S. domestic politics, entrenched interests, and a continuing belief in American exceptionalism. By reading this impressively sweeping treatment, today's policymakers would better understand Latin Americans' lingering suspicions of U.S. motives in the region."--Michael Shifter, president, Inter-American Dialogue
"This sweeping and compelling narrative tells the story of how America's sense of its own exceptionalism and righteous superiority led it to wield its terrible swift sword across the Western Hemisphere, from the earliest days of the Republic to the first decade of the twenty-first century."--William M. LeoGrande, American University