The Most Dangerous Area in the World
John F. Kennedy Confronts Communist Revolution in Latin America
By Stephen G. Rabe
272 pp., 6.125 x 9.25, notes, bibl., index
Paperback ISBN: 978-0-8078-4764-0
Published: February 1999
eBook ISBN: 978-1-4696-1736-7
Published: June 2014
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Drawing on recently declassified materials, Rabe investigates the nature of Kennedy's intense anti-Communist crusade and explores the convictions that drove him to fight the Cold War throughout the Caribbean and Latin America--a region he repeatedly referred to as "the most dangerous area in the world." As Rabe acknowledges, Kennedy remains popular in the United States and Latin America, in part for the noble purposes behind the Alliance for Progress. But an unwavering determination to wage Cold War led Kennedy to compromise, even mutilate, those grand goals.
About the Author
Stephen G. Rabe, professor of history at the University of Texas at Dallas, is author of the prize-winning Eisenhower and Latin America: The Foreign Policy of Anticommunism.
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"This is the best detailed, overall account we have of the much-discussed Kennedy policies toward Latin America. Well-written, based on exhaustive use of U.S. sources, this account makes an argument--Kennedy's obsession with the Cold War 'mutilated' his good intentions toward the southern hemisphere--that should help shape the ongoing, often intense, debate over Kennedy and the pivotal U.S. policies in the 1960s."--Walter LaFeber, Cornell University