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Eisenhower and Latin America: The Foreign Policy of Anticommunism

Eisenhower and Latin America: The Foreign Policy of Anticommunism

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Stephen Rabe's timely book examines President Dwight D. Eisenhower's Latin American policy and assesses the president's actions in light of recent "Eisenhower revisionism."

During his first term, Eisenhower paid little attention to Latin America but his objective there was clear: to prevent communism from gaining a foothold. The Eisenhower administration was prepared to cooperate with authoritarian military regimes, but not to fund developmental aid or vigorously promote political democracy. Two events in the second administration convinced Eisenhower that he had underestimated the extent of popular unrest--and thus the potential for Communist inroads: the stoning of Vice-President Richard M. Nixon in Caracas and the radicalization of the Cuban Revolution. He then began to support trade agreements, soft loans, and more strident measures that led to CIA involvement in the Bay of Pigs invasion and plots to assassinate Fidel Castro and Rafael Trujillo. In portraying Eisenhower as a virulent anti-Communist and cold warrior, Rabe challenges the Eisenhower revisionists who view the president as a model of diplomatic restraint.

Author: Stephen G. Rabe
Publisher: University of North Carolina Press
Published: 04/11/1988
Pages: 248
Binding Type: Paperback
Weight: 0.83lbs
Size: 9.04h x 5.93w x 0.72d
ISBN: 9780807842041

About the Author
Rabe, Stephen G.: - Stephen G. Rabe is associate professor of history at the University of Texas at Dallas.

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