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The Intemperate Zone: The Third World Challenge to U.S. Foreign Policy
The Intemperate Zone: The Third World Challenge to U.S. Foreign Policy
By Richard E. Feinberg
Norton, 1983, 287 pp

A very timely critique paying particular attention to Latin America. Mr. Feinberg argues that Third World governments, regardless of domestic ideology, want to secure the benefits of participation in the world economy. This gives the United States great advantages over the Soviet Union-provided that American policy awakens to the primacy of economic factors, outgrows its exaggerated image of Soviet omnipotence, and recognizes the inadequacy and often self-defeating nature of military solutions. The author advocates a "neorealism" which accepts the inevitability of change, restrains the impulse to intervene, and is generally patient, tolerant and self-confident.