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A Work of Enormous Synthetic Breadth,
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This review is from: Empire's Workshop: Latin America, the United States, and the Rise of the New Imperialism (Hardcover)
Greg Grandin's Empire's Workshop is a work of enormous synthetic breadth. While it is a commonplace for commentators to point out that many of the policy analysts and foreign policy specialists that staffed the Reagan administration have also staffed the George W. Bush administration, in my reading Grandin's work is the first to chart the philosophical, policy and propagandistic correlations between them.
Grandin demonstrates that many of the techniques employed by the Bush administration to garner and sustain support for its wars and to employ effective disinformation were forged and refined in the laboratory (or "workshop" as Grandin puts it) of Central America during the Reagan years. Particularly novel is Grandin's analysis of how both Reagan and Bush curried the active support of the USA religious right in pursuit of its foreign and military policy aims. In the end, the reader realizes that the Reagan years became a template for the Bush years.
The book is brilliant. I found it difficult to put it down.
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Initial post: Nov 27, 2007 3:58:11 PM PST
Sam Olivier says:
I think it unfortunate this writer has used the inappropriate word "synthetic", but I get it that he sought the sense of the base word "synthesis." Leaving out synthetic, the sentence is quite sufficient in meaning. The author's successful "synthesis" (not "chart") of relevant information - "philosophical, policy and propagandistic" - could then be complimented more accurately in Garrett's 2nd sentence.
In reply to an earlier post on Nov 30, 2008 8:32:11 AM PST
Dana Garrett says:
Barry Ford, I suppose I don't get why synthetic is wrong since the word's meaning in the dictionary is "relating to or involving synthesis."
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