Most Dangerous Area in the World John F. Kennedy Confronts Communist Revolution in Latin America

ISBN-10: 080784764X
ISBN-13: 9780807847640
Edition: 1999
Authors: Stephen G. Rabe
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Description: In March 1961, President John F. Kennedy announced the formation of the Alliance for Progress, a program dedicated to creating prosperous, socially just, democratic societies throughout Latin America. Over the next few years, the United States spent  More...

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Book details

List price: $35.00
Copyright year: 1999
Publisher: University of North Carolina Press
Publication date: 2/22/1999
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 272
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.880
Language: English

In March 1961, President John F. Kennedy announced the formation of the Alliance for Progress, a program dedicated to creating prosperous, socially just, democratic societies throughout Latin America. Over the next few years, the United States spent nearly $20 billion in pursuit of the Alliance's goals, but Latin American economies barely grew, Latin American societies remained inequitable, and sixteen extraconstitutional changes of government rocked the region. In this close, critical analysis, Stephen Rabe explains why Kennedy's grand plan for Latin America proved such a signal policy failure. Drawing on recently declassified materials, Rabe investigates the nature of Kennedy's intense anti-Communist crusade and explores the convictions that drove him to fight the Cold War throughout the Caribbean and Latin Americaa region he repeatedly referred to as "the most dangerous area in the world." As Rabe acknowledges, Kennedy remains popular in the United States and Latin America, in part for the noble purposes behind the Alliance for Progress. But an unwavering determination to wage Cold War led Kennedy to compromise, even mutilate, those grand goals.

Contents
Acknowledgments
Introduction
Origins
Gunboat Diplomacy
Destabilization Policies
The Kennedy Doctrine
Constitutional Defenses
Counterinsurgency Doctrines
Alliance for Progress
Aftermath
Conclusion
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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