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Masters of War: Latin America and the United States Aggression from the Cuban Revolution Through the Clinton Yearsby Clara Nieto
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In Masters of War, Clara Nieto adeptly presents the parallel histories of the countries of Latin America, histories that are intertwined, each reflecting the United States "coherent policy of intervention" set into motion by the Monroe Doctrine. As the value of this continued policy comes increasingly into question, Nieto argues for the need to evaluate the alarming precedent set in Latin America: the institution of client dictatorships, the roles played by the interests of U.S. corporations, the enormous tolls taken on civilian populations, and the irreversible disruption of regional stability.
Drawing from an impressive array of documents and sources as well as from her unique first-hand insights as a participant in crucial meetings and negotiations in the region from the mid-1960s through the mid-1980s, Nieto chronicles the Cuban Revolution, the CIA-sponsored coup against popularly elected President Allende in Chile, the U.S. invasions of Panama and Grenada, U.S. support for the cultivation and training of paramilitary death squads in Nicaragua, El Salvador, and Colombia, as well as similarly severe but less well-known situations in other countries such as Uruguay, Venezuela, Argentina, Peru, Bolivia, Honduras, and Guatemala.
Masters of War offers, from an informed perspective, perhaps for the first time, a distanced, objective analysis of recent Latin American history. Clara Nietos depth of knowledge and understanding is an invaluable resource at a time when the media is seen as unapologetically aligned with the interests of major corporations and policymakers, and the American public has reached a new height of apprehension regarding the intentions behind and consequences of its governments policies.
Book News Annotation:
Longtime Colombian diplomat Nieto explores U.S.-Latin American relations by decade and by country, focusing on those places and periods facing insurgent-counterinsurgent conflicts. Cuba, as the target of unrelenting U.S. hostility since the 1959 revolution, quite naturally moves to the center stage of the work, but as Nieto makes clear, the whole region faced a comprehensive interventionist policy by the U.S. that sought to forestall or reverse perceived challenges to its economic or political interests.
Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Clara Nieto, who was a Colombia diplomat for more than 20 years, offers an exhaustive critical analysis of U.S. policy toward Latin America, from the perspective of those most affected by it. Describing a coherent politics of intervention set into motion by the triumph of the Cuban Revolution, Masters of War sheds new light on events such as George Bush seniors invasion of Panama (Operation Just Cause). Proceeding from country to country, the author connects seemingly disparate events to create a condemning picture.
About the Author
CLARA NIETO was a career diplomat who served in the Colombian mission to the United Nations from 1960-1967; was head of the Colombian Delegation at UNESCO, Paris, from 1967-1970; was Colombian Chargé d'Affairs in Yugoslavia form 1970 to 1976; was Colombian Ambassador to Cuba from 1977-1980; and from 1984-1986 was Director of UNESCO's regional office for Latin America and the Caribbean in Havana. Her writing has appeared in many Colombian newspapers including El Tiempo, El Espectador, El Mundo, and NACLA in the United States. Nieto lives in New York City and Bogotà, Colombia.
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