Journals Higher Education



Published: 10 April 2015

304 Pages | 21 illustrations

6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches

ISBN: 9780190216252

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The Killing Zone

The United States Wages Cold War in Latin America

Second Edition

Stephen G. Rabe

The Killing Zone: The United States Wages Cold War in Latin America, Second Edition, is a comprehensive yet concise analysis of U.S. policies in Latin America during the Cold War. Author Stephen G. Rabe, a leading authority in the field, argues that the sense of joy and accomplishment that accompanied the end of the Cold War, the liberation of Eastern Europe, and the collapse of the Soviet Union must be tempered by the realization that Latin Americans paid a ghastly price during the Cold War. Dictatorship, authoritarianism, the methodical abuse of human rights, and campaigns of state terrorism characterized life in Latin America between 1945 and 1989. Countries such as Argentina, Brazil, Chile, El Salvador, and Guatemala endured appalling levels of political violence. The U.S. repeatedly intervened in the internal affairs of Latin American nations in the name of anticommunism, destabilizing constitutional governments and aiding and abetting those who murdered and tortured.

New to this Edition:

  • An expanded chronology for the years 2010-2014
  • A new section on Mexico
  • An expanded analysis of the Cold War in Argentina and Guatemala
  • A revised Aftermath that includes new developments in Latin America from 2010-2014 and an analysis of Pope Francis's role in the Cold War and post-Cold War period
  • Updated footnotes and recommended readings

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