Cold war historians have tended to stress the decisions made in Washington (or alternately Moscow) and their effect on the third world, but Karabell assigns a roughly equal role to third world countries as architects both of their own histories and of the international system of the cold war. He begins by describing U.S. mediation in Greece and Italy and then moves to the core of his argument: interventions in Iran, Guatemala, Lebanon, and Cuba. Those involvements, he explains, arose not only out of decisions made in Washington but also out of actions in the cafes of Beirut, in the streets of Havana, in the alleys of Tehran, and in the jungles of Guatemala. Lastly Karabell considers American intervention in Laos, characterizing it as a harbinger of Vietnam.
Brilliantly conceived, thoroughly researched, and eloquently written, Architects of Intervention represents a major new interpretation of U.S. foreign relations history with significant implications for present-day policymaking.
About the Author
Zachary Karabell is the author of several works of American and world history, including The Last Campaign: How Harry Truman Won the 1948 Election and Parting the Desert: The Creation of the Suez Canal. He has taught at Harvard and Dartmouth, and his work has appeared in The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, and Newsweek. He lives in New York City.