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Talons of the Eagle: Latin America, the United States, and the World Paperback – December 7, 2007

ISBN-13: 978-0195320480 ISBN-10: 0195320484 Edition: 3rd

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press; 3 edition (December 7, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0195320484
  • ISBN-13: 978-0195320480
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.2 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #664,583 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Smith, the coauthor of a widely read text on Latin American history, provides a well-written, provocative exploration of the relationship between Latin America and the United States since independence. Synthesizing other works, the author uses an international relations approach to illuminate the posture of each toward the other and to speculate about the consequences of their interaction. Although Smith explores many variables in explaining the relationship, he considers extrahemispheric actors fundamental, seeing the relationship as having traveled through three stages: imperial, Cold War, and uncertainty. He concludes that over time this relationship responded to prevailing international rules but that these rules are as yet undefined for the immediate future. An excellent overview; highly recommended for academic collections.?Roderic A. Camp, Latin American Ctr., Tulane Univ., New Orleans
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Praise for Talons of the Eagle

"Peter Smith's Talons of the Eagle is really first rate. I consider it required reading for anyone who wishes to understand the history and background of U.S.-Latin American relations, and, thus, the context in which the new relationship is developing today."--Wayne S. Smith, Center for International Policy, Washington D.C.

"Books about the relations between the United States and Latin America have been, if not exactly a dime a dozen, certainly very frequent for as long as I can remember. Peter H. Smith's contribution to the genre is altogether superior, and Talons of the Eagle is easily the best study of the subject I have read."--Simon Collier, Vanderbilt University

"Peter Smith has given us, once again, a must-read volume that merits a prominent place in our libraries and our syllabi."--David Scott Palmer, Boston University

"Excellent book! Talons of the Eagle helps to shape the nature of the U.S./Latin American relations for new students of Latin American Politics and refocuses many old students of Latin America on the core issues."--Anthony C. Coveny, Belmont University

"Excellent book! Talons of the Eagle helps to shape the nature of the U.S./Latin American relations for new students of Latin American politics and refocuses many old students of Latin America on the core issues."--Anthony C. Coveny, Belmont University

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15 of 19 people found the following review helpful By TCB on September 14, 1998
Format: Paperback
In this very readable historiacl survey of U.S.-Latin American realations, Smith develops a template which demonstrates the logic of U.S. policy and Latin American response within the context of the global situation. To accomplish this, he breaks history into three general time periods: 1790s-Cold War, The Cold War, and the post-Cold War. In each of these periods, Smith develops the global context or "rules of the game", then moves on to the resulting U.S. policy. He finishes each historical era with an incisive analysis of Latin American options for response. This book is a must for students of Latin America and certainly for those individuals whose activities, whether they be commercial or official in nature, are shaping the book's next chapter.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By rosque on March 26, 2011
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I had the privilege of having Peter H. Smith as my professor last quarter and this quarter, and of course he assigned his book. A very interesting read on the history of US-Latin American relations. He has a very unique and interesting perspective--one that I've adopted as my own. I've been thinking about letting my dad borrow it since I know he really loves history, but only when it's written in an imaginative, non-boring way. I recommend this book to anyone who is interested in the history of US-Latin American relations starting all the way back from European imperialism to George H. W. Bush's presidency.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By NMBS on September 19, 2007
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Very good analysis. Well written. An excellent read whether you are a beginner or somewhat versed in LatAm and US relations. It serves as a great review of history as well.
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