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In the Eagle's Shadow: The United States and Latin America, 2nd Edition

ISBN: 978-0-88295-271-0
May 2009, ©2009, Wiley-Blackwell
In the Eagle


All too often undergraduate readers can find themselves overwhelmed by foreign relations textbooks, the onslaught of names, events, and resultant policies and counterpolicies leaving them unable to form an appreciation, much less a working knowledge of, international relations. Worse yet, loose references to prominent scholars can leave them scratching their heads.

It is with the student in mind that we are proud to present the second edition of our popular text, a concise narrative history that in straightforward language relates the long and complex history of the relationships between the United States and the nations of Latin America.

Like its predecessor, this new editon of In the Eagle’s Shadowis ideal for use as a core text for courses in U.S-Latin American relations, as well as engaging supplementary reading for the U.S. or Latin American history surveys.

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Table of Contents

Preface and Acknowledgments


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Chapter 1 A New World Created

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Chapter 2 The Turbulent Era

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Chapter 3 From Naboth’s Vineyard to the Big Stick

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Chapter 4 The Era of Bad Feelings

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Chapter 5 The Era of the Good Neighbor

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Chapter 6 The Death of the Good Neighbor

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Chapter 7 Years of Hope, Years of Frustration

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Chapter 8 The End of the Cold War

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Chapter 9 The New World Order

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Author Information

Kyle Longley specializes in U.S. foreign relations with an emphasis on Latin America. He received his doctorate in 1993 from the University of Kentucky, where he studies with George Herring. Dr. Longley has taught at Arizona State University for Fourteen years. Currently, he is a full professor and Snell Family Dean’s Distinguished Professor. He has taught a variety of courses including U.S.-Latin American Relations, Modern Central America, Modern U.S. Foreign Relations, the American Experience in Vietnam, and the Modern South.

Dr. Longley has received a variety of awards and recognition including a Moody Fellowship from the Lyndon B. Johnson Foundation and research grants from the Franklin D. Roosevelt and Harry S. Truman Libraries. His other awards include being appointed a Distinguished Lecturer by the Organization of American Historians and winning the Associated Students of Arizona State University Centennial Professor award for outstanding and the Zebulon Pearce Award for outstanding teacher in the Humanities at Arizona State University.

Dr. Longley has been active in several organizations including the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations, the Organization of American Historians, the Southern Historical Association, and the Pacific Coast Branch of the American Historical Association. He has also published extensively. His first book, The Sparrow and the Hawk: The United States and Costa Rica during the Rise of Jose Figueres (1997), won the A. B. Thomas Prize for outstanding book published in Latin American Studies from the South Eastern Council on Latin American Studies. In addition to In the Eagle’s Shadow he has also completed other books including Senator Albert Gore, Sr.: Tennessee Maverick (2004), Deconstructing Reagan: Conservative Mythology and America’s Fortieth President (editor and contributor, 2006), and Grunts: The American Combat Soldier in Vietnam (2008). Currently, he is completing The Houses of the Purple Hearts: Small Town American in the Shadow of the Vietnam War and starting a project on policy prescriptions for the United States in Latin America with Admiral Jim Stavridis, U.S. Commander of the Southern Command.

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