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Vital Interests: The Soviet Issue In U.S. Central American Policy
Vital Interests: The Soviet Issue In U.S. Central American Policy
Edited by Bruce D. Larkin
Lynne Rienner, 1988, 500 pp.

An uneven and excessively inclusive collection of essays exploring U.S. interests in Central America, the Soviet role and the politics of Washington's policymaking on this issue. The book's main contribution is to reprint the 1980 report of the Committee of Santa Fe, a little-known document spelling out in advance the assumptions and argumentation that were to shape the Reagan Administration's approach to Central America. One quote conveys the message: "Only the United States can, as a partner, protect the independent nations of Latin America from Communist conquest and help preserve Hispanic-American culture from sterilization by international Marxist materialism."