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Intervention! The United States and the Mexican Revolution, 1913-1917
Intervention! The United States and the Mexican Revolution, 1913-1917
By John S. D. Eisenhower
393 pp, W. W. Norton & Company, 1993
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A timely reminder that not all current dilemmas confronting U.S. policymakers in Latin America are new or the result of the end of the Cold War. There is a much longer and more tangled history here that has the bad habit of reappearing at inconvenient moments. Woodrow Wilson's ill-fated military incursions into Mexico in 1914 and 1916 during the Mexican revolution were bedeviled by many factors: the difficulties of Latin American democratic transitions in the face of chronic social inequities, underdeveloped civil societies and fragmented elites; the temptations of ill-conceived military solutions to intractable political dilemmas; and the unrelenting pressure on the executive branch for action by an aroused but ill-informed media in Washington. Eisenhower provides a sparkling account of the military side of the story, as one might expect from his previous writings. Yet this book also provides a sympathetic and cogent account of events and personalities in this critical period. A fascinating and lively narrative that will be enjoyed by a wide range of readers.