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

By: Rabe, Stephen G.
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookSeries: eBooks on Demand.Publisher: Chapel Hill : The University of North Carolina Press, 1999Edition: 1.Description: 1 online resource (485 p.).ISBN: 9781469617367.Subject(s): Alliance for Progress | Communism -- Latin America -- History | Counterinsurgency -- Latin America -- History | Kennedy, John F. (John Fitzgerald), 1917-1963 | Latin America -- Foreign relations -- United States | United States -- Foreign relations -- Latin AmericaGenre/Form: Electronic books.Additional physical formats: Print version:: The Most Dangerous Area in the World : John F. Kennedy Confronts Communist Revolution in Latin AmericaDDC classification: 327.7308 Online resources: Click here to view this ebook.
Contents:
Cover Page; The Most Dangerous Area in the World; Copyright Page; Dedication; Contents; Acknowledgments; Introduction; 1 Origins; 2 Gunboat Diplomacy; 3 Destabilization Policies; 4 The Kennedy Doctrine; 5 Constitutional Defenses; 6 Counterinsurgency Doctrines; 7 Alliance for Progress; 8 Aftermath; Conclusion; Notes; Bibliography; Index
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Cover Page; The Most Dangerous Area in the World; Copyright Page; Dedication; Contents; Acknowledgments; Introduction; 1 Origins; 2 Gunboat Diplomacy; 3 Destabilization Policies; 4 The Kennedy Doctrine; 5 Constitutional Defenses; 6 Counterinsurgency Doctrines; 7 Alliance for Progress; 8 Aftermath; Conclusion; Notes; Bibliography; Index

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

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Soaring rhetoric, sordid results: this the theme of Rabe's compelling critique of President Kennedy's counterrevolutionary policies in hemispheric Cold War crisis spots. In chapters titled "Gunboat Diplomacy," "Destabilization Policies," and "Counterinsurgency Doctrines," the author documents JFK's obsession with preventing another Fidel Castro from coming to power (inexplicably, there is no chapter directly on Cuba). The president's fixation on anticommunist shibboleths mutilated Alliance for Progress blueprints for encouraging democracy and social reform in Latin America. Rabe's carefully reasoned synthesis concludes that continuity was a hallmark of postwar Latin American foreign policy, demolishing the myth that the Alianza para el Progreso was a dramatic break from the last years of Eisenhower's administration and was later eviscerated by LBJ. The author might have made greater mention of domestic political constraints on JFK to fully answer the question of what worried him the most: the 1964 Presidential election, another personal humiliation akin to the Bay of Pigs, threats to national security, or the fate of poor and disenfranchised peasants? Photos of defining events and influential leaders, such as Venezuelan leader Romulo Betancourt, Guyanese nationalist Cheddi Jagan, and Brazilian President Joao Goulart would have been welcomed. All levels. J. B. Lane; Indiana University Northwest

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