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Empire's Workshop: Latin America, the United States, and the Rise of the New Imperialismby Greg Grandin
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An eye-opening examination of Latin America's 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 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.
A brilliant excavation of a long-obscured history, Empire's 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 Jefferson's aspirations for an empire of liberty in Cuba and Spanish Florida, to Ronald Reagan's support for brutally oppressive but U.S.-friendly regimes in Central America. He traces the origins of Bush's policies to Latin America, where many of the administration's leading lights--John Negroponte, Elliott Abrams, Otto Reich--first 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 America--its own backyard workshop--what are the chances it will do so for the world?
Greg Grandin, associate professor of Latin American history at New York University, is the
Provides a thought-provoking study of the role of Latin America as a proving ground for American imperial strategies and tactics, from Thomas Jefferson's campaign in Cuba and Spanish Florida to Reagan's support for oppresive, U.S.-friendly regimes in Central America. Reprint. 20,000 first printing.
Grandin has always been a brilliant historian; now he uses his detective skills in a book that is absolutely crucial to understanding our present.
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. Visit Greg Grandin's website at www.GregGrandin.com.
Table of Contents
The camel not in the Koran — How Latin America saved the United States from itself — The most important place in the world: toward a new imperialism — Going primitive: the violence of the new imperialism — Bringing it all back home: the politics of the new imperialism — The third conquest of Latin America: the economics of the new imperialism — Globalization's showpiece: The failure of the new imperialism — Iraq is not Arabic for Latin America.
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