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Empire's Workshop: Latin America, the United States, and the Rise of the New Imperialism

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An eye-opening examination of Latin Americas role as proving ground for U.S. imperial strategies and tactics

In recent years, one book after another has sought to take the measure of the Bush administrations aggressive foreign policy. In their search for precedents, they invoke the Roman and British empires as well as postwar reconstructions of Germany and Japan. Yet they consistently ignore the one place where the United States had its most formative imperial experience: Latin America.

A brilliant excavation of a long-obscured history, Empires Workshop is the first book to show how Latin America has functioned as a laboratory for American extraterritorial rule. Historian Greg Grandin follows the United States imperial operations, from Thomas Jeffersons aspirations for an “empire of liberty” in Cuba and Spanish Florida, to Ronald Reagans support for brutally oppressive but U.S.-friendly regimes in Central America. He traces the origins of Bushs policies to Latin America, where many of the administrations leading lightsJohn Negroponte, Elliott Abrams, Otto Reichfirst embraced the deployment of military power to advance free-market economics and first enlisted the evangelical movement in support of their ventures.

With much of Latin America now in open rebellion against U.S. domination, Grandin concludes with a vital question: If Washington has failed to bring prosperity and democracy to Latin Americaits own backyard “workshop”what are the chances it will do so for the world?

Greg Grandin, a professor of Latin American history at New York University, is the author of two previous books, The Last Colonial Massacre and the award-winning The Blood of Guatemala. The recipient of a Guggenheim fellowship, Grandin has served on the United Nations Truth Commission investigating the Guatemalan civil war and has contributed to Harper's, The Nation, and The New York Times. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.
In recent years, one book after another has sought to take the measure of the Bush administration's aggressive foreign policy. In their search for precedents, they invoke the Roman and British empires as well as postwar reconstructions of Germany and Japan. Yet they consistently ignore the one place where the United States had its most formative imperial experience: Latin America.

An excavation of a long-obscured history, Empire's Workshop is the first book to show how Latin America has functioned as an indispensable laboratory for America's rise to world power. Historian Greg Grandin follows the United States's imperial operations, from Thomas Jefferson's aspirations for an "empire of liberty" that would govern Cuba and Spanish Florida to Franklin Delano Roosevelt's Good Neighbor Policy, which taught the U.S. how to use "soft power" more effectively and provided a blueprint for its postwar European and Asian "empire by invitation."

 
Empire's Workshop is also the first book to examine how a preemptive foreign policy in Latin America, which included sponsoring coups, death-squad states, and paramilitary insurgencies, has transformed America's domestic politics, forging today's ruling coalition of neoconservatives, Christian evangelicals, free marketeers, and nationalists. The road to war in Iraq, Grandin argues, can be traced back to the 1970s and 1980s, when an increasingly internationalist New Right turned to Latin America to avenge Vietnam, and in so doing rehabilitated militarism as a legitimate instrument of state and made free-market capitalism the moral core of American purpose abroad.
 
Today, much of Latin America is in open rebellion against American domination. Grandin concludes with a sobering analysis of these explosive tensions and poses a vital question: If Washington has been unable to bring prosperity, stability, and democracy to Latin Americaits own backyard "workshop"what are the chances it will do so for the world?
"The Americans who engineered countless military coups, death squads and massacres in Latin America never paid for their crimesinstead they got promoted and they're now running the 'War on Terror.' Grandin had always been a brilliant historian, now he uses those detective skills in a book that is absolutely crucial to understanding our present."Naomi Klein, author of No Logo
"A provocative and lucid writer, Grandin examines how the United States has used Latin America as a proving ground for imperial war strategies employed later elsewhere, most recently in Iraq . . . An important book that deserves a wide audience."Roger Atwood, The Washington Post
 
"Grandin convincingly argues that Latin America served as a crucible in which the ingredients of current U.S. foreign policy were first blended . . . With its vivid depiction of neocon militarists, religious evangelicals, and neoliberal economists coming together, Empire's Workshop offers a cogent analysis of how past interventions in Latin America provide the Bush administration with a troubling model for present policy."Mark Engler, Mother Jones
 
"[A] well-written history of American interventions in Latin America . . . [and] another in the continuing series The American Empire Project, Empires Workshop adds another strong perspective to the historical development of the American Empire."Jim Miles, Palestine Chronicle
 
"[This book] is a must read for anyone trying to understand the Bush Administration's increasing hostility toward Venezuela . . . It helps us understand the vast arsenal of tools that the U.S. government and transnational capital have at their disposal, but it also focuses our anger and the importance of popular resistance to Empire . . . [It] is a good primer for our continuing education."Chuck Kaufman, Nicaragua Monitor
 
"The Americans who engineered countless military coups, death squads and massacres in Latin America never paid for their crimesinstead they got promoted and they're now running the 'War on Terror.' Grandin had always been a brilliant historian, now he uses those detective skills in a book that is absolutely crucial to understanding our present."Naomi Klein, author of No Logo

"Greg Grandin knows the history of modern Guatemala better than anybody else in the world outside of that countryand therefore understands the nature of U.S. attitudes and action toward Latin America at their most disturbing. This grants him keen insight into the manic ferocity behind U.S. imperialism across the globe today, which he describes in fine, rich, vivid, bitter detail. Grandin also shrewdly observes that the outrages possible in little U.S. neo-colonies are not so easy to accomplish on a grand scale. His admirable book deserves many, many serious readers."John Womack, Robert Woods Bliss Professor of Latin American History and Economics, Harvard University and author of Zapata

 

"If you want to know why the American intervention in Iraq has failed, look at the El Salvador of a quarter-century ago. Latin

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"Open any book on Latin America these days, and you're likely to see a complaint about how little attention is paid to Latin America. 'Empire's Workshop' is no exception — the region 'elicits little curiosity from its neighbor to the north,' writes Greg Grandin — and by the time you finish the book, it's hard not to conclude that Latin America would be better off if even less attention were paid.... Washington Post Book Review (read the entire Washington Post review)

Synopsis:

“Grandin has always been a brilliant historian; now he uses his detective skills in a book that is absolutely crucial to understanding our present.”

—Naomi Klein, author of No Logo

 
The British and Roman empires are often invoked as precedents to the Bush administrations aggressive foreign policy. But Americas imperial identity was actually shaped much closer to home. In a brilliant excavation of long-obscured history, Empires Workshop shows how Latin America has functioned as a proving ground for American strategies and tactics overseas. Historian Greg Grandin follows the United States imperial operations from Jeffersons aspirations for an “empire of liberty” in Cuba and Spanish Florida to Reagans support for brutally oppressive but U.S.-friendly regimes in Central America. He traces the origins of Bushs current policies back to Latin America, where many of the administrations leading lights first embraced the deployment of military power to advance free market economics and enlisted the evangelical movement in support of their ventures.

With much of Latin America now in open rebellion against U.S. domination, Grandin asks: If Washington failed to bring prosperity and democracy to Latin America—its own backyard “workshop”—what are the chances it will do so for the world?

Synopsis:

An eye-opening examination of Latin America's role as proving ground for U.S. imperial strategies and tactics

About the Author

Greg Grandin is the author of Fordlandia, Empire's Workshop, The Last Colonial Massacre, and the award-winning The Blood of Guatemala. An associate professor of Latin American history at New York University, and a Guggenheim fellow, Grandin has served on the United Nations Truth Commission investigating the Guatemalan Civil War and has written for the Los Angeles Times, The Nation, The New Statesman, and The New York Times.

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Product Details

ISBN:
9780805077384
Subtitle:
Latin America, the United States, and the Rise of the New Imperialism
Publisher:
Holt Paperbacks
Author:
Grandin, Greg
Subject:
Philosophy
Subject:
United States - 20th Century
Subject:
Imperialism
Subject:
International Relations - General
Subject:
Latin America - General
Subject:
United States--Foreign relations--2001-
Subject:
Colonialism & Post-Colonialism
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Series:
American Empire Project
Publication Date:
20070501
Binding:
Electronic book text in proprietary or open standard format
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
320
Dimensions:
9.25 x 6.13 in

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"Synopsis" by ,
“Grandin has always been a brilliant historian; now he uses his detective skills in a book that is absolutely crucial to understanding our present.”

—Naomi Klein, author of No Logo

 
The British and Roman empires are often invoked as precedents to the Bush administrations aggressive foreign policy. But Americas imperial identity was actually shaped much closer to home. In a brilliant excavation of long-obscured history, Empires Workshop shows how Latin America has functioned as a proving ground for American strategies and tactics overseas. Historian Greg Grandin follows the United States imperial operations from Jeffersons aspirations for an “empire of liberty” in Cuba and Spanish Florida to Reagans support for brutally oppressive but U.S.-friendly regimes in Central America. He traces the origins of Bushs current policies back to Latin America, where many of the administrations leading lights first embraced the deployment of military power to advance free market economics and enlisted the evangelical movement in support of their ventures.

With much of Latin America now in open rebellion against U.S. domination, Grandin asks: If Washington failed to bring prosperity and democracy to Latin America—its own backyard “workshop”—what are the chances it will do so for the world?

"Synopsis" by , An eye-opening examination of Latin America's role as proving ground for U.S. imperial strategies and tactics
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