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Empire's workshop : Latin America, the United States, and the rise of the new imperialism

Author: Greg Grandin
Publisher: New York : Metropolitan Books/Henry Holt and Company, 2010.
Series: American empire project.
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"The British and Roman empires are often invoked as precedents to the Bush administration's aggressive foreign policy. But America's imperial identity was actually shaped much closer to home. In a brilliant excavation of long-obscured history, Empire's Workshop shows how Latin America has functioned as a proving ground for American strategies and tactics overseas. Historian Greg Grandin follows the United States'  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Greg Grandin
ISBN: 9780805083231 0805083235
OCLC Number: 707075099
Notes: "A Holt paperback."
"With a new afterword on the Obama doctrine"--Cover.
Description: 300 pages ; 21 cm.
Contents: The camel not in the Koran --
How Latin America saved the United States from itself --
The most important place in the world: toward a new imperialism --
Going primitive : the violence of the new imperialism --
Bringing it all back home : the politics of the new imperialism --
The third conquest of Latin America : the economics of the new imperialism --
Globalization's showpiece : The failure of the new imperialism --
Iraq is not Arabic for Latin America.
Series Title: American empire project.
Responsibility: Greg Grandin.

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"The British and Roman empires are often invoked as precedents to the Bush administration's aggressive foreign policy. But America's imperial identity was actually shaped much closer to home. In a brilliant excavation of long-obscured history, Empire's Workshop shows how Latin America has functioned as a proving ground for American strategies and tactics overseas. Historian Greg Grandin follows the United States' imperial operations from Jefferson's aspirations for an 'empire of liberty' in Cuba and Spanish Florida to Reagan's support for brutally oppressive but U.S.-friendly regimes in Central America. He traces the origins of Bush's current policies back to Latin America, where many of the administration's leading lights first embraced the deployment of military power to advance free market economics and enlisted the evangelical movement in support of their ventures. With much of Latin America now in open rebellion against U.S. domination, Grandin asks: If Washington failed to bring prosperity and democracy to Latin America--its own backyard 'workshop'--what are the chances it will do so for the world?"--Publisher's website.

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"The Americans who engineered countless military coups, death squads and massacres in Latin America never paid for their crimes -- instead they got promoted and they're now running the 'War on Read more...

 
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