Paper $37.95 ISBN: 9781848132146 Published March 2009 For sale in North and South America only
Cloth $134.95 ISBN: 9781848132139 Published March 2009 For sale in North and South America only

America's Backyard

The United States and Latin America from the Monroe Doctrine to the War on Terror

Grace Livingstone

America's Backyard

Grace Livingstone

Distributed for Zed Books

280 pages | 6.125 x 9.1875
Paper $37.95 ISBN: 9781848132146 Published March 2009 For sale in North and South America only
Cloth $134.95 ISBN: 9781848132139 Published March 2009 For sale in North and South America only
The United States has shaped Latin American history, condemning it to poverty and inequality by intervening to protect the rich and powerful. America’s Backyard tells the story of that intervention.

Using newly declassified documents, Grace Livingstone reveals the US role in the darkest periods of Latin American history, including Pinochet’s coup in Chile, the Contra War in Nicaragua and the death squads in El Salvador. She shows how George W Bush’s administration used the War on Terror as a new pretext for intervention; how it tried to destabilise leftwing governments and push back the ‘pink tide’ washing across the Americas. America’s Backyard also includes chapters on drugs, economy and culture. It explains why US drug policy has caused widespread environmental damage yet failed to reduce the supply of cocaine, and it looks at the US economic stake in Latin America and the strategies of the big corporations.

Today Latin Americans are demanding respect and an end to the Washington Consensus. Will the White House listen?
Contents
Acknowledgements
1. Introduction
2. The Monroe Doctrine to the Second World War
3. The Cold War: The Guatemalan Coup and the Cuban Revolution
4. The Alliance for Progress
5. The Military Governments of the 1970s
6. Reagan and the Central American Tragedy
7. The End of the Cold War, 1989 - 2001
8. George W. Bush and the War on Terror
9. Why US Drugs Policy Doesn't Work
10. The Economy - Money, Multinationals and Misery
11. Culture: Coca-cola, Cartoons and Caricature
Postscript
Appendix
Notes
Index
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