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Showing Average rating 4. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Jul 30, Simon Wood rated it it was amazing. Grandin writes fluently about the relationship between the United States and Latin America over the last hundred years or so, identifying the continuities as well as the innovations. The only innovation that comes across as being halfway sensible is FDR good neighbour policy.
The rest of the presidents would seem to require some sort of International ASBO to keep them in check. The interesting part of the book covers the evolution of the Radical Religious Right in American foreign policy and the free reign it in particular was able to excercise in Central America during the 's under the Regan Presidency. Oliver North cut their teeth.
The devastation and death that resulted from their policies was astonishing when one takes into account the population size of those countries.
Central America under the nascent neo-cons was a hell on earth. The thesis, which the author backs up with an immense amount of information and erudition, is that Central America was a sort of "workshop" where the neo-cons developed the ideas and put into practice the policies that were used to such bloody effect in Iraq over the last 6 years.
For instance Grandin notes John Negropontes role in Central America and the continuities betwen what happened there and what went on during and after his short stay in Iraq. He also notes American involvement in Death Squads in Iraq, an issue I have wondered about for some time and which formed such a central part of U. There is something particularly nauseating about reading of Hayek he of Road to Serfdom fame praising Pinochets vicious authoritarian regime - by their friends we shall know them.
Thoroughly reccomended, this is this best book of this type I have read in quite some time. Aug 17, Michael rated it it was ok. A number of George W. Grandin traced the development and implementation of a new United States imperialism from the late s to the present.
In conflicts in Central America and financial crises across the region, Reagan Era neoconservatives used Latin America as a proving ground for a new US imperial policy.
Grandin argued that the Bush Administration drew its post-September 11, policies, including the war in Iraq, from the strategies and tactics of the neoconservative, imperialist experiment in Latin America during the s.
In the wake of the Vietnam War, Grandin argued, a new generation of civilian militarists committed themselves to reformulating an ethical foundation for US power in global affairs. Instead, Grandin argued, neoconservatives created a vision of the US as a purpose-driven nation with a strong moral role to play in the world. According to Grandin, Latin America became the crucible where the new imperialists experimented with policy and implemented their vision of a resurgent US.
The Reagan Administration supported and aided authoritarian regimes in El Salvador and Guatemala in wars against leftist insurgents. The administration also supplied and funded Contra rebels against the Marxist-inspired Sandinista regime in Nicaragua. Grandin traced the new imperialism from the s to George W.
Grandin deemed neoconservative policy in Latin America a failure that led to the death and torture of thousands in Central America and the poverty of millions across the region. In his conclusion, Grandin called for policy makers to learn the lessons of the history of the past thirty years, noting that if the US was unable to create a prosperous, democratic society in Latin American in the s, it would be unable to do so in Iraq or anywhere else in the world.
Grandin employed virtually no primary documentation and relied heavily upon secondary historical works, news reports, and works of political commentary. As a result, Grandin frequently revealed his personal political views throughout the book. Also, from a historical perspective Grandin disempowered Latin American actors in respect to US policy. As a result, Grandin provided an incomplete image of Latin American history.
Therefore, historians cannot know the full extent of how a Latin American model influenced US policies in Iraq and elsewhere until the past is truly past. View 1 comment. Aug 15, Ed rated it really liked it Recommends it for: those who want to know about U.
Shelves: central-america. Unfortunately Greg Grandin doesn't make his point terribly well, although this book can serve an important function as an introduction to the role of the United States in creating and supporting right wing dictatorships, military coups against democratically elected governments and rule by terror. Rural co-operatives, trade unions and anti-impunity coalitions people who wanted to bring murderers to justice were targeted.
Their leaders were killed and their members were terrorized. The army officers and noncoms who carried out the killing and torture were trained in the United States under the guidance of the U. Southern Command. Jan 21, Roxana rated it really liked it. The second half of this book is definitely much better than the first half. Don't expect deep exploration of the issues in any particular Latin American country; rather, this book is a big picture analysis of howU.
One issue I had with this book was that too much credit was given to ideas, in that, in some passages it almost seems as if it is ideas themselves that a The second half of this book is definitely much better than the first half. One issue I had with this book was that too much credit was given to ideas, in that, in some passages it almost seems as if it is ideas themselves that are driving history as opposed to the material interests generating those very ideas.
Overall, great book and I would recommend it. Nov 08, Jack Hrkach rated it liked it. I bought this book because I thought it might help me to remember all the terrible things the US did to Latin America in the name of containment from the communist threat and continuing on through the 80s Regan's reign particularly egregious to , in Bush II's time, when the book was published. I'm an old guy and was around for much of this, but it was good to get it straight from the hip in one book.
I've been thinking a lot about the "caravan" and how much the US have done through the d I bought this book because I thought it might help me to remember all the terrible things the US did to Latin America in the name of containment from the communist threat and continuing on through the 80s Regan's reign particularly egregious to , in Bush II's time, when the book was published.
I've been thinking a lot about the "caravan" and how much the US have done through the decades to cause much of the suffering those poor souls are going through. The book is well-written, but is aiming at an audience better acquainted with economics than I am, so I had to do a good bit of re-reading, and at one point late in the book almost gave up on getting all that Grandin was trying to give me.
Not sure my description of myself fits you, you might want to re-think the re-read. But I did get a lot from it - names, policies, brutalities that I'd not remembered jumped back to mind.
I think I may want to find something, if only an article or maybe another book that takes the history closer to today - if so, you'll hear from me on it. Jun 14, Matthew WK rated it really liked it. Grandin draws the line from s America through the s in Latin America and into the 21st century and the Iraq war.
The promiment figures from the Iraq war Cheney, Rumsfeld, Negroponte, etc Bringing democracy, freedom, and free-market economics to Iraq in order to stabilize the region has resulted in the same outcome those objectives were supposed to meet, but failed, in Latin America.
My only compliant - book could have easily been doubled in pages, if not tripled, in order to expand and espouse on his theories. Dec 11, Terry Earley rated it really liked it. A very disturbing commentary on US treatment of countries in our own hemisphere. Although critical of both Republican and Democratic administrations, Grandin makes sense when he points out that the same neocons who designed and implemented policy in South and Central America were instrumental in US policies toward the Middle East, specifically in the invasion of Iraq.
The concluding chapter is especially damning when conventional wisdom, however false and exaggerated, of our "successes" in democr A very disturbing commentary on US treatment of countries in our own hemisphere. The concluding chapter is especially damning when conventional wisdom, however false and exaggerated, of our "successes" in democratizing Central and South America are glibly voiced in defense of nation building in the Middle East.
A sobering and impeccably detailed account of how the U. The insidious and largely clandestine machinery used to usurp democratically elected governments in Chile, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Guatemala, Bolivia, Venezuela, and Mexico is illuminated in these pages, and in doing so Grandin's demonstrates how those f A sobering and impeccably detailed account of how the U.
The insidious and largely clandestine machinery used to usurp democratically elected governments in Chile, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Guatemala, Bolivia, Venezuela, and Mexico is illuminated in these pages, and in doing so Grandin's demonstrates how those forces are still in operation today in the Middle East.
This is heavy but essential history for anyone who would call himself an informed voter. Mar 30, Jesse rated it liked it. Super useful books for activists and radicals in understanding the extent of US imperial meddling in Latin America. Jun 01, Jason Canada added it.
Empire's Workshop: Latin America, the United States, and the Rise of the New Imperialism
Greg Grandin. New York: Metropolitan Books, The average U. Grandin here argues that the foreign policy pursued in Latin America since Reagan correlates to the current guiding principles leading U.
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I didn't read this very closely after the first two chapters, for reasons that will become obvious, so I apologize to Mr. Grandin if the latter parts of this book are literary masterpieces. But: there Visit Greg Grandin's website at www. Greg Grandin. An eye-opening examination of Latin America 's role as proving ground for U. In their search for precedents, they invoke the Roman and British empires as well as postwar reconstructions of Germany and Japan.