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War And Peace In Central America
War And Peace In Central America
By Frank McNeil
Scribners, 1989, 288 pp

An experienced Foreign Service officer who served as ambassador to Costa Rica, deputy assistant secretary of state for Latin America, for East Asia and then deputy assistant secretary for intelligence and research, the author resigned from the State Department in February 1987 after a series of clashes with Assistant Secretary of State Elliott Abrams, the Reagan Administration's point man on Central America. Describing the Central America of the Reagan-Abrams policy as "Fantasy Isthmus," McNeil presents a credible firsthand account of how the United States got into such deep trouble during the 1980s. A worthwhile companion to the accounts by Roy Gutman and Constantine Menges.