U.S. Intervention and Regime Change in Nicaragua (Paperback)
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U.S. Intervention and Regime Change in Nicaragua (Paperback)

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Paperback 432 Pages / Published: 20/05/2013
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As President Carter's ambassador to Nicaragua from 1977-1979, Mauricio Solaun witnessed a critical moment in Central American history. In U.S. Intervention and Regime Change in Nicaragua, Solaun outlines the role of U.S. foreign policy during the Carter administration and explains how this policy with respect to the Nicaraguan Revolution of 1979 not only failed but helped impede the institutionalization of democracy there. Late in the 1970s, the United States took issue with the Nicaraguan dictator Anastasio Somoza. Moral suasion, economic sanctions, and other peaceful instruments from Washington led to violent revolution in Nicaragua and bolstered a new dictatorial government. A U.S.-supported counterrevolution formed, and Solaun argues that the United States attempts to this day to determine who rules Nicaragua. Solaun explores the mechanisms that kept Somoza's poorly legitimized regime in power for decades, making it the most enduring Latin American authoritarian regime of the twentieth century. Solaun argues that continual shifts in U.S. international policy have been made in response to previous policies that failed to produce U.S.- friendly international environments. His historical survey of these policy shifts provides a window on the working of U.S. diplomacy and lessons for future policy-making.

Publisher: University of Nebraska Press
ISBN: 9780803248984
Number of pages: 432
Weight: 594 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 23 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
"A detailed and useful analysis that gives us the perspective of an insider."-British Bulletin of Publications * British Bulletin of Publications *
"Specialists will find Solaun's highly detailed book invaluable, for never before have we had such a scathing insider critique of the contradictions marring Carter's Nicaragua policy."-Hispanic American Historical Review
* Hispanic American Historical Review *
"[The book] provides the audience with an extremely rich and detailed account of the relationship between the U.S. embassy and Nicaraguan political actors in the closing years of the dictatorship. . . . Solaun's experience offers a valuable cautionary tale that can help students begin the process of removing those rose-colored glasses and approach the decision more maturely and with realistic expectations."-Latin American Politics and Society
* Latin American Politics and Society *
"Among the many accounts of the 1979 collapse of the Anastasio Somoza Debayle regime in Nicaragua, this book stands out. It is the most intimate report of the dictator's mind in the regime's last months, and yet it is broadly based theoretically. . . . The book is an extraordinary contribution to an understanding of the Somoza regime and to U.S.-Nicaraguan relations in the critical years 1977-1979."-Charles L. Stansifer, The Historian
* The Historian *

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