[BOOKS] ✬ In the Name of Democracy: U.S. Policy Toward Latin America in the Reagan Years Author Thomas Carothers – Dolove.info
This Is The First Comprehensive, Even Handed Examination Of US Policy In Latin America During The Reagan Era Drawing On Interviews With United States Officials And His Own Perspective As A Former State Department Lawyer, Carothers Sheds New Light On The Much Discussed US Involvements In Nicaragua, El Salvador, And Panama, And Turns Up Varied And Often Unexpected Findings In Less Studied Countries Such As Bolivia, Costa Rica, Paraguay, And Chile Excellent summary of what Bola o called the Vietnam that was Central America From chapter 3 By far the most important effect of the Reagan policy was the tremendous destruction it wreaked on Nicaragua. Approximately 30,000 Nicaraguans were killed and tens of thousands others were wounded, a death toll higher in per capita terms than those suffered by the United States in the Civil War, World War One, World War Two, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War combined A generation of young Nicaraguans was devastated. Ridiculously repetitive, but informative. Carothers interviewed a lot of people who worked for the Reagan adminstration and uses his research to give a country by country account of the administration s policies He especially traces the theme of the promotion of democracy and charts the competition between hard line anti communists and moderates in the policymaking process.He finds that the moderates gained influence as time went on They usually paidattention to advocating democracy, except in Nicaragua where the hard liners adopted it as a tactic to undermine and, they hoped, destroy the Marxist influenced Sandinista regime there He believes that democracy rhetoric was generally genuine but also shallow and not particularly effective.I would recommend it for those who are interested in the topic I read it for a research paper on Reagan s Latin America policy.