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

Paperback | April 10, 2015

byStephen G. Rabe

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The Killing Zone: The United States Wages Cold War in Latin America, Second Edition, 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 thataccompanied 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 stateterrorism 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.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.

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The Killing Zone: The United States Wages Cold War in Latin America, Second Edition, 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 thataccompanied the end of the Cold War, the libera...

Stephen G. Rabe is the Ashbel Smith 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 Lati...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:304 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.68 inPublished:April 10, 2015Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0190216255

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Table of Contents

AcknowledgmentsThe United States and Latin America: Cold War ChronologyIntroduction1. Roots of Cold War Interventions2. The Kennan Corollary3. Guatemala-The Mother of Interventions4. War Against Cuba5. No More Cubas-The Kennedy and Johnson Doctrines6. Military Dictators-Cold War Allies7. Cold War Horrors-Central AmericaAftermathNotesRecommendations for further reading and researchIndex

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"A synthetic and critical overview of the United States in Latin America during the Cold War." --Charles Walker, University of California, Davis