0521861330 Association Copy: Signed and inscribed by author to George Bridges, Very Good. Light shelf wear to covers/corners; satisfaction guaranteed. Hardcover lacking the Dust Jacket. Sticker on rear cover. George Bridges is the retired president of Whitman College and current president of The Evergreen State College (2016). Earthlight Books is a family owned and operated, independent bookstore serving Walla Walla, Washington since 1973.
Building on Schmitz's earlier work, Thank God They're On Our Side, this is an examination of American policy toward right-wing dictatorships from the 1960s to the end of the Cold War. During the 1920s American leaders developed a policy of supporting authoritarian regimes because they were seen as stable, anti-communist, and capitalist. After 1965, however, American support for these regimes became a contested issue. The Vietnam War served to undercut the logic and rationale of supporting right-wing dictators. By systematically examining U.S. support for right-wing dictatorships in Africa, Latin America, Europe, and Asia, and bringing together these disparate episodes, this book examines the persistence of older attitudes, the new debates brought about by the Vietnam War, and the efforts to bring about changes and an end to automatic U.S. support for authoritarian regimes.