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Confronting the American Dream: Nicaragua under U.S. Imperial Rule (American Encounters/Global Interactions) Paperback – December 27, 2005

ISBN-13: 978-0822336471 ISBN-10: 0822336472

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“Extraordinarily engaging, Confronting the American Dream is far and away the best work ever written on the convoluted path of elite/Conservative disenchantment with the U. S. imperial project in Nicaragua. Its relevance to broader historical and contemporary phenomena throughout Latin America and well beyond is really quite remarkable.”— Lowell Gudmundson, coauthor of Central America, 1821–1871: Liberalism before Liberal Reform


“This is a beautifully argued and researched book—one of the most important and revealing case studies we have in U.S.–Latin American relations. But it goes far beyond that. Without ever significantly moving past the 1930s, Michel Gobat has provided an indictment of the early-twenty-first-century embrace of ‘American empire’ and, in a model of scholarship, provided stunning insights into the ironies—and tragedies—of the misuse of U.S. power.”—Walter LaFeber, author of America, Russia, and the Cold War, 1945–2002

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Michel Gobat is Associate Professor of History at the University of Iowa.

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  • Series: American Encounters/Global Interactions
  • Paperback: 392 pages
  • Publisher: Duke University Press Books (December 27, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0822336472
  • ISBN-13: 978-0822336471
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.3 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #848,882 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By P. Livingston on May 9, 2007
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If you REALLY want to know about the USA involvement in Nicaragua read this book. One comes away with a clear picture of the years 1912 through 1933 in Nicaragua. To be even better the book could have explored the position of the middle and worker class but information is scarce. All in all one of the best books written on this era in Central America
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Drea on April 30, 2013
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This book was essential in helping me write my BA thesis. It was informative, easy to read, and well-organized. It was recommended to me by one of my Spanish professors at the University of Chicago and also assigned as reading in a history class at UChicago, so it's respected by top scholars.
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Great book. Very well researched. My great great grandmother told my father about her memories of that time frame between 1912 and 1933 when the US was heavily involved in Nicaragua. Nice to read up on the history through a very well written book. Gave it to my father as a gift after I read it. He loved it as well.
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