Intimate Ties, Bitter Struggles

Intimate Ties, Bitter Struggles

The United States and Latin America Since 1945

Book - 2006
Rate this:
Univ of Nebraska
Over the last sixty years, the relationship between the United States and Latin America has been marred by ideological conflict, imbalances of power, and economic disparity. The U.S.-sponsored coup in Guatemala, the near lynching of Vice President Richard Nixon in Venezuela, and the disastrous Bay of Pigs invasion are a few reminders of the sometimes dramatic confrontations between North and South. Yet this relationship has also been characterized by accelerating economic and cultural interdependence that is significantly altering the old paradigm of U.S. hegemony and Latin American resistance. Alan McPherson uses multinational sources to survey and analyze the history of this relationship. Intimate Ties, Bitter Struggles reflects the most up-to-date research on state-to-state interactions and recognizes the influence of culture and non-state actors on international relations. Major topics include the debate over economic dependency, the U.S. response to revolutions in Latin America during the Cold War, military interventions and covert operations, human rights, migration, the North American Free Trade Agreement and economic integration, the Iran-Contra affair, the war on drugs, and Latinos in the United States. The author’s concise narrative and selection of primary–source documents offer an ideal introduction to U.S.–Latin American relations for students and for anyone with an interest in understanding the dynamic interplay between these hemispheric neighbors.

Book News
McPherson (history, Howard U.) reviews the major events of US-Latin American relations in the years following World War II. His primary theme, as reflected in the title, is the developing and strengthening of interdependence in the relationship, coupled with Latin American resistance to the unequal nature of the interdependence. Distributed in the US by Books International. Annotation ©2006 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

Publisher: Washington, D.C. : Potomac Books, c2006
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9781574888751
Characteristics: xv, 208 p. : ill., maps ; 24 cm


From the critics

Community Activity


Add a Comment

There are no comments for this title yet.


Add Age Suitability

There are no ages for this title yet.


Add a Summary

There are no summaries for this title yet.


Add Notices

There are no notices for this title yet.


Add a Quote

There are no quotes for this title yet.

Explore Further

Browse by Call Number

Subject Headings


Find it at SBL

To Top