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Thy will be done : the conquest of the Amazon : Nelson Rockefeller and Evangelism in the age of oil

Author: Gerard Colby; Charlotte Dennett
Publisher: New York, NY : HarperCollins, ©1995.
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At the heart of this story are two intensely ambitious and ultimately tragic figures: Nelson Rockefeller, scion of the liberal Standard Oil family, and William Cameron Townsend, founder of the ultraconservative Wycliffe Bible Translators. Although leaders of opposing camps, both found common cause in the struggle against fascism and then communism, with ironic, fateful results. For the first time, using  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
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Colby, Gerard, 1945-
Thy will be done.
New York, NY : HarperCollins, c1995
(OCoLC)609196129
Online version:
Colby, Gerard, 1945-
Thy will be done.
New York, NY : HarperCollins, c1995
(OCoLC)622849988
Named Person: Nelson A Rockefeller; William Cameron Townsend; Nelson A Rockefeller; Nelson A Rockefeller; William Cameron Townsend; Nelson A Rockefeller; William Cameron Townsend
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Gerard Colby; Charlotte Dennett
ISBN: 0060167645 9780060167646
OCLC Number: 29565147
Description: xvi, 960 p. : ill., maps ; 25 cm.
Contents: I. The legacy : The Baptist burden ; The fundamentalist controversy ; Rethinking missions ; The apostolic vision ; The rites of political passage ; Good neighbors make good allies ; The Mexican tightrope --
II. World War II: the crucible : The coordinator ; The sword of the spirit ; The shining dream ; The dancer ; Preempting the Cold War ; Latin America's first Cold War coup --
III. Architects of empire : American wings over the Amazon ; The pretender at bay ; The Latin road to power ; In the wake of war --
and the CIA --
IV. Prophets of Armageddon : Ike's Cold War general ; Disarming disarmament ; Messengers of the sun ; The hidden persuaders ; The brotherhood ; Ascent of the hawk --
V. The day of the watchman : Deadly inheritance ; Building the warfare state ; Miracles deja vu ; Camelot versus Pocantico: the decline and fall of John F. Kennedy --
VI. The slaughter of the innocents : To turn a continent ; Operation Brother Sam ; Beneath the eyebrows of the jungle ; Mistaken identities ; Poisons of the Amazon ; Death of a continental revolution ; The enemy within ; Apocalypse now: the tribes of Indochina ; "Nation-building" through war ; Tet: the year of the monkey ; Nelson's last charge VII. A new world order : Invasion of the Amazon ; Rocky Horror Road Show ; Forging the dollar zone ; In the age of genocide ; Critical choices ; Hiding the family jewels --
VIII. Days of judgment : SIL under siege ; The betrayal ; The great tribulation ; Thy will be done --
Appendix : The Rockefeller mission to the Americas (1969) ; Members of the Rockefeller Commission on CIA abuses (1975).
Responsibility: Gerard Colby with Charlotte Dennett.

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At the heart of this story are two intensely ambitious and ultimately tragic figures: Nelson Rockefeller, scion of the liberal Standard Oil family, and William Cameron Townsend, founder of the ultraconservative Wycliffe Bible Translators. Although leaders of opposing camps, both found common cause in the struggle against fascism and then communism, with ironic, fateful results. For the first time, using Rockefeller's own recently released documents, the authors reveal the secret economic side of Nelson's political career as a key adviser on Latin America to U.S. presidents from Franklin D. Roosevelt to Richard Nixon and as Gerald Ford's vice president. Thy Will Be Done explores Rockefeller's mysterious role as Dwight D. Eisenhower's liaison with the CIA, his championing of Eisenhower's nemesis, the military-industrial complex, his growing conflicts with President John F. Kennedy over Latin America, and his secret political alliance with Lyndon Johnson during that president's bitter dispute with Senator Robert Kennedy over Latin America and the Vietnam War. We see Rockefeller gathering political power and building a vast business empire in Latin America, working with the CIA, developing close friendships with famous Latin American politicians and businessmen, and increasingly advocating military dictatorships, while Townsend's missionaries are used to pacify native populations in frontiers rich in oil and rare minerals or subject to guerrilla insurgencies. Seeking to hasten the prophesied Second Coming, Townsend pursues a fanatical effort to reach every Bibleless tribe with the Word, even to the point of saving their souls by destroying their cultures and allying with the dictators who oppress them. Rockefeller and Townsend contributed more than any other Americans to the conquest of the Amazon that now threatens to destroy the "lungs of the planet," the rain forests. Their systematic campaign of colonization was a chilling foretaste of American intervention in the Third World that has become so common that today we take for granted repeated forays in the name of democracy and the securing of valuable resources.

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