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Nazis and Good Neighbors: The United States Campaign against the Germans of Latin America in World War II (Paperback)
  • Nazis and Good Neighbors: The United States Campaign against the Germans of Latin America in World War II (Paperback)

Nazis and Good Neighbors: The United States Campaign against the Germans of Latin America in World War II (Paperback)

Paperback 372 Pages / Published: 26/09/2005
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This international history uncovers an American security program in which Washington reached into fifteen Latin American countries to seize more than 4,000 German expatriates and intern them in the Texas desert. The crowd of Nazi Party members, antifascist exiles, and even Jewish refugees were lumped together in camps riven by strife. The book, first published in 2003, examines the evolution of governmental policy, its impact on individuals and emigrant communities, and the ideological assumptions that blinded officials in both Washington and Berlin to Latin American realities. Franklin Roosevelt's vaunted Good Neighbor policy was a victim of this effort to force reluctant Latin American governments to hand over their German residents, while the operation ruined an opportunity to rescue victims of the Holocaust. This study makes a very contemporary argument: that security measures based on group affiliation rather than individual actions are as unjust and ineffective in foreign policy as they are in law enforcement.

Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521675352
Number of pages: 372
Weight: 490 g
Dimensions: 223 x 151 x 22 mm

'Without doubt, Nazis and Good Neighbors is eloquently written, free of jargon and commonplaces, and highly accessible. One has to give Friedman credit for providing a lively and gripping account ...'. Journal of Latin American Studies
'Nazis and Good Neighbors is a valuable contribution to scholarship on the wartime involvement of the smaller Latin American republics. Friedman has written a meticulous study about a long-forgotten aspect of transatlantic history, which has gained new relevance lately ... It adds a fascinating perspective ... this book is brilliantly written and offers many vivid examples, well chosen illustrations and personal recollections ...' Iberoamericana
"...persuasively argued, lucidly written, and seasoned with black humor." American Historical Review
"Friedman...could not have produced a more timely and relevant book. Meticulously researched and well written..." German Studies Review
"A fascinating account...It is an excellently researched and superbly told story, one that relates with great care and nuance personal fates, diplomatic activities and economic warfare across three regions. The book represents international history at its best." H-GERMAN
"Friedman has set the bar very high for those who would follow him. [This] is an important addition to the study of this turbulent period and has set a new standard for research." Journal of American History
"In this time of war, there may be no better book to turn to than Friedman's engagingly written Nazis and Good Neighbors to reflect whether the government, or the mass media for that matter, ought to use the past of the "Good War" as precedent for today's "war on terrorism"...Friedman's work showcases the achievements of the new "'international history.'" Reviews in American History
"A stunning piece of historical sleuth work. This beautifully researched and compellingly argued account of the U.S. pursuit of German nationals in Latin America--written with the page-turning energy of a detective novel--opens a new window onto WWII-era policy of the U.S. toward its southern neighbors, and also illuminates the internal and international politics south of the border." Nancy Cott, Harvard University
"The research in U.S., Latin American, and German archives is extremely impressive. The story of bureaucratic overreach and bungling is grippingly told and compellingly argued." Daniel Rodgers, Princeton University

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