- Paperback: 464 pages
- Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company; 2 edition (January 17, 1993)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0393309649
- ISBN-13: 978-0393309645
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1.2 x 8.2 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 22 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #188,865 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The first edition of Inevitable Revolutions, published ten years ago, was widely hailed and quickly became a bestseller. Now, completely revised and updated--one third of its contents are entirely new--Walter LaFeber brings to a new generation of readers the story, in Arthur Schlesinger's words, 'of a long and squalid history of U.S. exploitation and intervention combined with neglect-a history whose consequences we are reaping today.'
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Walter LaFeber is professor of history at Cornell University and the author of The Clash and Inevitable Revolutions.
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It gives overviews of the various histories and cultures of the various nations on Central America (excluding Panama, which was previously covered in a different book of the author's), and how the relatively weak and immature nineteenth-century USA wanted these nations to provide needed commodities such as foodstuffs and lumber. The author even acknowledges that US foreign policy was not oriented toward the benefit of multinational corporations as many leftists claim, but of genuine fear of British and other foreign powers placing a possible stranglehold on US sovereignty-the British Empire was still very strong then. He also mentions how economic and political developments in Central America and elsewhere have caused changes such as Honduras no longer being the "banana republic" it once was. While the author blames faulty US foreign aid programs such as Kennedy's Alliance For Progress for causing unintended problems in Central America, he does acknowledge that Central American leaders themselves have made their own missteps and problems too.
But the author deemphasizes Soviet intervention in Central America as well. He puts out the myth that Fidel Castro was pushed into the Soviet sphere (Castro himself laughed at that claim), or that the Sandinistas were not really Soviet-sponsored (Reagan in his accounts said otherwise). The USA may be powerful, but it has never been as all-powerful or influential as left-wingers like to claim.
LaFeber observes: "The world's leading revolutionary nation in the 18th century became the leading protector of the status quo in the 20th century...bolstering poverty and inequality in Central America." While this is an excellent survey, in my opinion LaFeber doesn't explore deeply enough the powerful role that non-elected officials and powerful companies have in making US policy.
Despite Kennedy's attempts to encourage reforms in the Third World, he often found parts of his government making their own policies (particularly the CIA, and sometimes the State Department and the military). Sen. George Smathers recalled that JFK had told him that he wanted to reform the CIA: "I remember him saying that the CIA frequently did things he didn't know about...He complained that the CIA was almost autonomous. He told me he believed the CIA had arranged to have [South Vietnamese President] Diem and [Dominican Republic dictator] Trujillo bumped off."