The Killing Zone

The Killing Zone : The United States Wages Cold War in Latin America

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The Killing Zone: The United States Wages Cold War in Latin America is a comprehensive yet concise analysis of U.S. policies in Latin America during the Cold War. Author Stephen G. Rabe, a leading authority in the field, argues that the sense of joy and accomplishment that accompanied the end of the Cold War, the liberation of Eastern Europe, and the collapse of the Soviet Union must be tempered by the realization that Latin Americans paid a ghastly price during the Cold War. Dictatorship, authoritarianism, the methodical abuse of human rights, and campaigns of state terrorism characterized life in Latin America between 1945 and 1989. Countries such as Argentina, Brazil, Chile, El Salvador, and Guatemala endured appalling levels of political violence. The U.S. repeatedly intervened in the internal affairs of Latin American nations in the name of anticommunism, destabilizing constitutional governments and aiding and abetting those who murdered and tortured. Incorporating recently declassified documents, Rabe supplements his strong, provocative historical narrative with stories about the fates of ordinary Latin Americans, an extensive chronology, a series of evocative photographs, and an annotated bibliography.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 288 pages
  • 154.94 x 231.14 x 15.24mm | 408.23g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0195333233
  • 9780195333237
  • 127,525

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It is the best text on US policy towards Latin America during the Cold War, despite my criticisms. I think Rabe ably and correctly counters the tendency among many scholars, particularly political scientists or those who argue that the ends justify the means, to downplay the human consequences of US policy in Latin America or around the world. Steven Bunker, The University of Alabama Among [The Killing Zone's] many strengths, I especially like the clarity of the writing, the coherence of the main arguments, the persuasiveneness of the thesis, and the author's obvious mastery of his material. Mark T. Gilderhus, Texas Christian University The Killing Zone has three major advantages over its major competitors: It is written in a highly readable style, it is comprehensive in its coverage of the United States' role Latin America, and it moves beyond simple human rights criteria to question the effectiveness of the economic and geopolitical aims of the interventions. Mark Lentz, University of Louisiana, Lafayette This is a sweeping, no-holds barred rebuke to Cold War triumphalism in Latin America. It is meticulously researched, keeping in mind the most recent discoveries of documents, and it knows where the bodies are buried literally. Few will come away thinking that the United States fought a "good war" in Latin America. The passion Rabe demonstrates, and his direct, forceful, and sustained criticism of U.S policy will make this book stand out as an accessible and vital touchstone for readers concerned about ethics and international relations. Jeffrey Taffet, United States Merchant Marine Academyshow more

About Stephen G. Rabe

Stephen G. Rabe is Professor of History at The University of Texas at Dallas. He is the author of several books, including John F. Kennedy: World Leader (2010), U.S. Intervention in British Guiana: A Cold War Story (2005), and The Most Dangerous Area in the World: John F. Kennedy Confronts Communist Revolution in Latin America (1999).show more

Table of contents

Acknowledgements ; The United States and Latin America: Cold War Chronology ; Introduction ; 1. Roots of Cold War Interventions ; 2. The Kennan Corollary ; 3. Guatemala-The Mother of Interventions ; 4. War Against Cuba ; 5. No More Cubas-The Kennedy and Johnson Doctrines ; 6. Military Dictators-Cold War Allies ; 7. Cold War Horrors-Central America ; Aftermath ; Endnotes ; Recommendations for Further Reading and Research Indexshow more

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