Our Own Backyard The United States in Central America, 1977-1992

ISBN-10: 0807848573
ISBN-13: 9780807848579
Edition: 2000
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Book details

List price: $55.00
Copyright year: 2000
Publisher: University of North Carolina Press
Publication date: 2/28/2000
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 792
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.50" long x 1.75" tall
Weight: 2.442
Language: English

In this remarkable and engaging book, William LeoGrande offers the first comprehensive history of U.S. foreign policy toward Central America in the waning years of the Cold War. From the overthrow of the Somoza dynasty in Nicaragua and the outbreak of El Salvador's civil war in the late 1970s to the final regional peace settlements negotiated a decade later, he chronicles the dramatic strugglesin Washington and Central Americathat shaped the region's destiny. For good or ill, LeoGrande argues, Central America's fate hinged on decisions that were subject to intense struggles among, and within, Congress, the CIA, the Pentagon, the State Department, and the White Housedecisions over which Central Americans themselves had little influence. Like the domestic turmoil unleashed by Vietnam, he says, the struggle over Central America was so divisive that it damaged the fabric of democratic politics at home. It inflamed the tug-of-war between Congress and the executive branch over control of foreign policy and ultimately led to the Iran-contra affair, the nation's most serious political crisis since Watergate.

William M. LeoGrande, professor of government at American University, is the author of Our Own Backyard: The United States in Central America, 1977-1992, among other books.

Preface
Abbreviations
Used in the Text
Origins
A New Beginning
The Dragons' Teeth of War
From Carter to Reagan
The Vicar Draws the Line
A New Policy for Nicaragua
Tough Guys
El Salvador
The Tonic of Elections
The War Party Takes Control
The President Moves to Center Stage
The Politics of Murder
From Conflict to Consensus
El Salvador Disappears
Nicaragua
Launching the Not-So-Secret War
Gunboat Diplomacy
Bringing the War to a Head
Peace Offensive
Project Democracy
Getting Back in the Game
High Noon
Iran-Contra
Giving Peace a Chance
The Last Hurrah
Denouement
A Kinder, Gentler Policy?
Why Were We in Central America?
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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