Robert Kagan has written the definitive history of the Nicaraguan Revolution and the American responses to it.
Kagan, who was intimately involved in executing the Reagan Administration's policy, shatters the conventional wisdom that U.S. policy was irrevelant to eventual victory of the pro-democracy forces in Nicaragua. Despite the embarrassment accruing from the Iran-Contra scandal, Kagan declares the U.S. policy a long-term success.
In his analysis of what future policymakers can learn from the Reagan effort, Kagan asks and answers crucial questions: How does America's ambivalence about power shape its foreign policy? How could a civil war in such a tiny country inspire such passion from all over the American political spectrum, almost to the point of destroying the administration of the most popular president in history? How were foreign leaders able to manipulate the divisions within the American political process for their own gain?
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This book is a must for students of U.S. foreign policy in the 70s and 80s. Kagan uses a wide variety of sources to outline the events leading up to and following the Sandinista Revolution. He is very objective and avoids most of the rhetoric that extreme liberal or conservative writers assign to this topic. From Somoza to the 1990 election, the interplay between the Sandinista Junta and the U.S. administrations is laid out carefully and concisely. The only drawback to the book is the lack of Nicaraguan and Central American reference sources. This lack of input from the Central American perspective tends to bias some of the accounts toward the U.S. perceptions of actions taken during the period. Overall, an excellent general source for research on the topic. Start with this and move on to other, more in depth works: