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Whirlpool: U.S. Foreign Policy Toward Latin America And The Caribbean
Whirlpool: U.S. Foreign Policy Toward Latin America And The Caribbean
By Robert A. Pastor
Princeton University Press, 1992, 338 pp.

Drawing on his experience as NSC staff director on Latin America during the Carter administration, ten years of subsequent research and writing, and his continuing collaboration with President Carter at Emory University, Robert Pastor has written an impressive volume. He seeks to explain why the United States is recurrently drawn into intensive engagement and intervention in the Caribbean Basin "whirlpool" and to show how Washington could escape this syndrome in the post-Cold War era. Combining personal experience and anecdotal evidence with scholarly analysis and policy prescription, Pastor makes a significant contribution to rethinking U.S. relations with our closest neighbors.