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The United States in Honduras, 1980-1981: An Ambassador's Memoir
     

The United States in Honduras, 1980-1981: An Ambassador's Memoir

by Jack R. Binns
 

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Honduras occupies a strategic geographic position in Central America. Having served as ambassador to Honduras during both the Carter and Reagan administrations, Jack R. Binns offers a unique perspective on the pivotal period from 1980 through 1981, as the country moved from a relatively benign military dictatorship to a democratic constitutional leadership.

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Honduras occupies a strategic geographic position in Central America. Having served as ambassador to Honduras during both the Carter and Reagan administrations, Jack R. Binns offers a unique perspective on the pivotal period from 1980 through 1981, as the country moved from a relatively benign military dictatorship to a democratic constitutional leadership.
Using classified correspondence, Binns covers the attack on the U.S. Embassy, the deception laid upon the Embassy and State Department by the Central Intelligence Agency over Sandinista-Contra policy, the flood of Salvadoran refugees, economic and human rights conditions, and the collapse of a military coup. He discusses the consequences of an inadequate U.S. policy formulation in Central America: the effort to overthrow the Sandinista regime was a costly failure, U.S. support of the Salvadoran military enlarged the conflict, and U.S. activity in Honduras encouraged human rights abuses.

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“useful...substantial bibliography”—Catholic Library World; “a truly comprehensive account of Binns’ tenure as chief of mission”—Foreign Service Journal; “valuable”—American Committees on Foreign Relations Newsletter; “fascinating...astute”—British Bulletin of Publications; “An invaluable resource to researchers.”—David Lazar (former State Department director for Central American affairs).
Catholic Library World
useful...substantial bibliography
Foreign Service Journal
a truly comprehensive account of Binns' tenure as chief of mission
American Committees on Foreign Relations Newsletter
valuable

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780786477562
Publisher:
McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date:
01/28/2014
Pages:
407
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.00(d)

Meet the Author

Retired from the Foreign Service, Jack R. Binns lives in Tucson, Arizona. His articles have appeared in such publications as The Arizona Daily Star, The Baltimore Sun and Foreign Service Journal.

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