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Clinton in Haiti: The 1994 US Invasion of Haiti Hardcover – November 18, 2004

ISBN-13: 978-1403967169 ISBN-10: 1403967164 Edition: First Edition

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"An engaging and wonderfully readable account of the circumstances leading up to the U.S. invasion of Haiti in 1994, and its restoration of Jean-Bertrand Aristide as Haitian president."--Elizabeth Abbott, Trinity College, University of Toronto

"This is an extraordinarily well written account that places Clinton's Haitian foreign policy in historical perspective. Linguistic wit and analytical sophistication prevail as Girard skillfully weaves readers through the complexities and tragedy of Haiti's history and the highly touted, but unsuccessful aftermath of the 1994 "invasion" by U.S. troops to restore Aristide and democracy to this Caribbean republic. Until Clinton administration classified documents become available this will remain the standard account and an object lesson for all future American cut-and-run attempts at peace-keeping and nation-building."--Joan Hoff,
Distinguished Research Professor of History, Montana State University, Bozeman

"Written by an outstanding young French scholar of recent American history, this examination of U.S. intervention in Haiti under Bill Clinton probes the motivations behind an unnecessary military action and explains the ways in which objective failure is translated into political success. The author's finely-calibrated sense of irony makes his work as entertaining as it is instructive." --Alonzo L. Hamby, Distinguished Professor of History, Ohio University, and author of For the Survival of Democracy: Franklin Roosevelt and the World Crisis of the 1930s.

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Philippe Girard is Assistant Professor in the Department of History at McNeese State University in Louisiana.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan; First Edition edition (November 18, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1403967164
  • ISBN-13: 978-1403967169
  • Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 6.4 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,937,003 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Philippe Girard was born in Guadeloupe in the French West Indies. He studied at Sciences Po in Paris and Ohio University and now teaches at McNeese State University in Lake Charles, Louisiana.

Girard has written three books on the history of Haiti. Clinton in Haiti (Palgrave 2004) uncovers the efforts by president-in-exile Jean-Bertrand Aristide to incite Bill Clinton to invade Haiti and restore him to power. Paradise Lost (Palgrave 2005) is a general history of Haiti from pre-Columbian times to the present that explains the historical roots of Haiti's current poverty; an expanded and updated paperback edition entitled Haiti: The Tumultuous History appeared in August 2010. Last but not least, The Slaves Who Defeated Napoleon (University of Alabama Press, November 2011) is an ambitious research monograph that retraces the fate of the expedition that Napoleon Bonaparte sent to Haiti in 1802 to overthrow Toussaint Louverture.

Visit Dr. Girard's blog at http://philippergirard.blogspot.com/.

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I read this book on the recommendation of Laurent Dubois, the author of "Haiti: The Aftershocks of History," and "Clinton in Haiti" reiterates Dubois's thesis that both outside parties and Haitians should be wary of external attempts to reform that benighted country. While the Clinton's continuing interest in Haiti has been traced to their honeymoon there, the rationale for the 1994 U.S. invasion, like most things Clinton, was ultimately a political one and its result, like most things Haiti, ultimately accomplished little beyond restoring Jean-Bertrand Aristide to the presidency … for one year. Girard, a native of Guadalupe, brings a different perspective to the story and writes with insight and humor. He could've used an editor, though; the book is rife with small errors.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By JW on November 29, 2004
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International, contemporary history at its best, Girard offers a thought-provoking account of the 1994 invasion of Haiti. This is a book of fundamental importance to the history of Haiti and US-Latin American relations.
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By lakol on November 24, 2011
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This book is very good. I'd recommand it to anyone who wants to know what went wrong in Haiti durant the Aristide regime.
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