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Inevitable Revolutions: The United States in Central America

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This book explains the history of US/Central American relations, explaining why these countries have remained so overpopulated, illiterate and violent; and why US government notions of economic and military security combine to keep in place a system of Central American dependency. This second edition is updated to include new material covering the Reagan and Bush years, an ...more
Paperback, 464 pages
Published January 28th 1993 by W.W. Norton & Company (first published 1983)
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May 31, 2008 Ben rated it it was amazing
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An incisive and thorough analysis of United States foreign policy in Central America, Inevitable Revolutions brilliantly exposes how successive administrations wrestled with and were ultimately unable to reconcile the United States' conflicted interests in Central America and the consequences of those failures.
Jun 10, 2007 Melissa rated it really liked it
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this is a well researched book about u.s. involvement in central america that starts with the monroe doctrine and goes through to today. the author does an excellent job of documenting and analyzing u.s. foreign policy towards the region.
Wes Bishop
Jul 27, 2011 Wes Bishop rated it it was amazing
Excellent book. Difficult in some areas to get through but overall very easy to read considering it is a history book.

LaFaber concludes that overall American foreign policy in Latin America has created an atmosphere where revolution is inevitable.

LaFaber is excellent in looking at specific instances and countries while still capturing the overall feel of diplomatic history between the U.S. and Latin America.

His idea on the "system" is also interesting. Recommended for the historian and general
Jul 13, 2009 Chris rated it really liked it
A thorough examination of 200 years of U.S. diplomatic, military and economic influence in Central America. Lafeber labors methodically to contrast the nuances of each succeeding administration's interpretation of the Monroe Doctrine, neatly connecting these policies to his stated thesis: U.S. Central American policy fixated on maintaining regional stability, often by throwing support behind bloody authoritarian regimes, which served ultimately to foment rather than prevent the forces of revolut ...more
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Aug 20, 2013 Jack Kennith MacLeod Adams rated it really liked it
Good stuff. Probably the best book on the United States and Central America I've read to date. It cuts through the optics and posturing to get to the actual motivations of these rival interests, how they executed their strategies, and the results of their actions - in this case, the galvanization of anti-American sentiment in Central America.
Erik Graff
Dec 05, 2009 Erik Graff rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Americans
Recommended to Erik by: David Schweickart
Shelves: history
This was one of many books picked up during the military interventions of the USA in Central America but only read much later. When my stepbrother Erik Badger and our friend Kristian went to El Salvador and Honduras several years later, I gave them this to read beforehand.
Jan 30, 2016 Micah rated it it was amazing
Took me a long time to get through this, but it was worth it. Great overview of the absolute insanity of U.S. policy in Central America over the past two centuries, particularly the barbarity carried out by the Reagan administration.
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Apr 07, 2016 Doris Raines rated it did not like it
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Iam. Not. Sure. How. To. Rate. This. Book. Ummm
Jun 24, 2009 Brock rated it it was amazing
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clear. comprehensive. puts Central Americans at the center of their history. the best CA history book I have encountered.
Frederic Pierce
Oct 26, 2012 Frederic Pierce rated it really liked it
My introduction to revisionist history, written by one of the most brilliant professors I ever had.
Mar 08, 2015 Brad rated it liked it
very informative, but dry to read.
May 23, 2009 David rated it it was amazing
Fruit growing, U.S. hegemony, and Central American revolutions mix in this story of United Fruit company's activities in the land South of the border.
Shane Lewis
Sep 14, 2013 Shane Lewis rated it it was amazing
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A truly eye-opening account of American foreign policy in Central America. It exposes the almost imperialistic aspect of our involvement in many different countries.
Feb 13, 2015 Gabriel rated it really liked it
good read and interesting prose
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