Don’t be fooled by the subtitle. Greg Grandin’s book is not a history of Latin America during the Cold War. In its core chapters, it is a contribution to the scholarly literature on twentieth-century Guatemala. In its preface, introduction, and conclusion, it is one academic’s ruminations – not all of them compelling or coherent – ranging geographically from lower Manhattan to the Southern Cone and temporally from the post-World War II period to our unhappy present.
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