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When President Monroe issued his 1823 doctrine on U.S. policy in the Western Hemisphere, it quickly became as sacred to Americans as the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution. But in the years after World War II - notably in Guatemala in 1954, in Brazil in 1963, in Chile in 1973, and in El Salvador in the 1980s - our government's policy of supporting repressive regimes in Central and South America hastened the death of the very doctrine that had been invoked to protect us in the Cold War, by associating its application with torture squads, murder, and the denial of the very democratic ideals the Monroe Doctrine was intended to protect. Gaddis Smith's measured but devastating account is essential reading for all those who care how the United States behaves in the world arena.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780809015689
ISBN-10: 0809015684
Format: Paperback / softback
(217mm x 177mm x 18mm)
Pages: 280
Imprint: Farrar, Strauss & Giroux-3pl
Publisher: Farrar, Strauss & Giroux-3pl
Publish Date: 1-Jul-1994
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Gaddis Smith

Gaddis Smith is Larned Professor of History at Yale University, where he has taught the history of American diplomacy and foreign policy since 1961. He is the author of numerous books, including "Morality, Reason, and Power: American Diplomacy in the Carter Years."