Talons of the Eagle: Latin America, the United States, and the World / Edition 3

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After the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, a new international regime emerged and profoundly transformed inter-American affairs. In the third edition of Talons of the Eagle: Latin America, the United States, and the World, Peter H. Smith places this devastating event into its full historical context by offering a vivid portrayal of U.S.-Latin American relations from the early nineteenth century to the present. A new section, "The War on Terror," examines the impact of 9/11 on the United States and Latin America, with a focus on George W. Bush's Latin American policy. Smith also analyzes Latin American reactions and responses to the U.S.--and to the rest of the world--in these complex and troubling times.

Throughout, this provocative text casts new light on such contemporary issues as economic integration, drug trafficking, undocumented migration, and the rise of Latin America's "new left." Rather than concentrating solely on U.S. policy, Smith addresses the structural relationships between the two regions by focusing on international systems, the distribution of power, and the perception and pursuit of national interests.

Designed explicitly for classroom use, this new edition integrates photographs, political cartoons, charts, and tables directly into the text. To further enliven the subject, anecdotal sidebars highlight such incendiary and discussion-worthy topics as the origins of anti-imperialist sentiment in Latin America, Che Guevara's hopes for continental revolution, Ronald Reagan's denunciation of communist threats in Central America, George W. Bush's justifications for the war in Iraq, and Hugo Ch'ávez's anti-Bush remarks at the United Nations.

Deftly researched and thoughtfully composed, this text is ideal for general courses in Latin American history and politics as well as courses in U.S. foreign policy and inter-American relations. Timely and topical, Talons of the Eagle, Third Edition, presents an eminent scholar's perspective on the interaction between global trends and inter-American affairs--a subject that has become crucially important in our recent history.

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"Historian by training, political scientist by self-education, prolific and wide-ranging writer by inclination, Peter Smith has given us, once again, a must-read volume that merits a prominent place in our libraries and our syllabi."—David Scott Palmer, Boston University

"An excellent introduction to U.S.-Latin American relations and a good read. Peter H. Smith does a good job drawing on scholarship from international relations, history, and political science to craft his narrative."—Mary Rose Kubal, St. Bonaventure University

"Well written and engaging to read."—Victoria Castillo, The College of William and Mary

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195320480
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 12/7/2007
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 448
  • Product dimensions: 9.10 (w) x 6.10 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Peter H. Smith is Distinguished Professor of Political Science and Sim'ón Bol'ívar Professor of Latin American Studies at the University of California, San Diego. He is author of Democracy in Latin America: Political Change in Comparative Perspective (2005) and other classic works on the political histories of Mexico and Argentina. Professor Smith is also coauthor of Modern Latin America (Sixth Edition, 2005) and editor or coeditor of more than a dozen anthologies.

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Table of Contents


Preface     vii
Acknowledgments     ix
Introduction: Global Politics and U.S.-Latin American Relations     1
The Imperial Era
The European Game     13
The Gospel of Democracy     43
Latin America: Responses to Imperialism     81
The Cold War
Closing Ranks and Making Friends     113
Crushing Enemies     148
Latin America: Fighting the Cold War     181
Decade of Uncertainty
Superpower Economics     213
Illicit Flows and Military Force     241
Latin America: In Quest of Alternatives     273
The War on Terror
George Bush and Latin America     307
Latin America: Exploring Unexpected Opportunities     337
Can There Be Policy Alternatives?     369
Conclusion: Structure and Change in U.S.-Latin American Relations     395
A Guide to Further Reading     415
Index     425
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