Good Neighbor Diplomacy: United States Policies in Latin America, 1933-1945

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Good Neighbor Diplomacy: United States Policies in Latin America, 1933-1945

By Irwin F. Gellman
Johns Hopkins Press, 1979
296 pp. $18.50
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Expanding on the theme that Roosevelt used the simplistically titled Good Neighbor Policy to create a regional base for use in influencing other areas, and thus "moved toward internationalism through the only available door," the author discusses in rich detail the fluctuations and the inner life of the policy. Its usefulness in furnishing models for postwar military, economic and cultural legislation is duly noted, and much emphasis is placed upon the motivations and personal qualities of FDR, Hull and Welles, whose association was "a combination of respect and distrust." In retrospect, the Good Neighbor Policy was a product of the Depression and the character of the Democratic leadership.