Eisenhower, Somoza, And The Cold War In Nicaragua: 1953-1961 by Michael D. GamboneEisenhower, Somoza, And The Cold War In Nicaragua: 1953-1961 by Michael D. Gambone

Eisenhower, Somoza, And The Cold War In Nicaragua: 1953-1961

byMichael D. Gambone

Hardcover | September 1, 1997

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During the Cold War era, the United States faced the prospect of expanding its power in Central America. But we miscalculated--grievously. After 1945, Central America teemed with leaders willing to alter the region's quasi-colonial status. Some, like Fidel Castro, sought out revolution to shatter the status quo. Others, like Anastasio Somoza Garcia, attempted to seek out new directions along more subtle paths. Nicaragua subsequently challenged American hegemony in a manner at once more deliberate and more dangerous than any other effort in the hemisphere. The Somoza regime, unlike its contemporaries, chose to utilize American institutions and American preferences to subvert the latter's power rather than reinforce it. American arrogance, combined with a complacent approach to policy in its global "backyard," offered a myriad of political, military, and economic opportunities to a leader willing to take risks. In the years after 1945, Somoza was thus able to peel away layers of clientage until, at certain moments, he could act as a partner of his northern neighbor.
Title:Eisenhower, Somoza, And The Cold War In Nicaragua: 1953-1961Format:HardcoverDimensions:264 pages, 9.24 × 6.04 × 0.95 inPublished:September 1, 1997Publisher:Praeger Publishers

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0275959430

ISBN - 13:9780275959432


Editorial Reviews

"His detailed examination of the Dwight Eisenhower administrations offers us a closer view of the Somoza years in Nicaragua and the special relationship between the governments of Nicaragua and the United States thatn do earlier works....Gamobone's detailed and persuasive narrative of relationsbetween the Eisenhower administrations and the Somazas expand significantly the available information on that period of Central American history.....[T]he book's greatest strength is found in its explanation of how decisions were made in Washington....What Gambone does do very well is to show how the Somazas manipulated U.S. policy toward their own ends, working effectively within the framework of North American instutions and practices."-South Eastern Latin Americanist