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Latin America and the United States: A Documentary History
Latin America and the United States: A Documentary History
Edited by Robert H. Holden and Eric Zolov
Oxford University Press, 2000, 384 pp

A helpful collection of documents that illuminates the complex relationship between the United States and Latin America over the past two centuries. Although aimed at college students, these texts provide a first-rate reference tool for policymakers and journalists needing quick access to original sources and pithy quotations. Aided by a good index and thoughtful introductions, the volume provides a superior guide to the evolution of U.S. attitudes toward the region while including influential Latin American voices. In addition to some classic diplomatic texts such as the Monroe Doctrine, the Olney Memorandum, and the Roosevelt Corollary, the editors include less-familiar declarations, such as unofficial sources and Latin American critiques of U.S. positions. The editors have also compiled a diverse selection of cultural approaches that brings John Quincy Adams together with Jack Kerouac, Ariel Dorfman with George Kennan, and Theodore Roosevelt with Jose Mart'. Such stimulating and mischievous juxtapositions make this book very difficult to put down.