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Argentina And The United States: A Conflicted Relationship
Argentina And The United States: A Conflicted Relationship
By Joseph S. Tulchin
193 pp, Twayne, 1990

Despite the power of pan-Americanism and the Western Hemisphere idea, the fact remains that Buenos Aires is nearly twice as far from Washington as is London. It should not be surprising that relations between Argentina and the United States have often been distant, marred by misunderstanding, flawed communications, tensions, economic competition and political rivalry. These difficulties crystallized during World War II, when Argentina remained neutral until the war's final days, leading to a strenuous U.S. effort after the war to displace Argentina's strongman, Juan Perón. One of this country's foremost historians of inter-American relations, and also an authority on Argentine political history, Tulchin skillfully analyzes the sources and consequences of Argentine-U.S. conflicts as well as the recent drift toward rapprochement.