César J. Ayala and Rafael Bernabe’s book explores the nature, structure, and relationship of the relationship between Puerto Rico and United States. The authors differ with Henry Luce’s proclamation in 1941 in Life magazine about the coming of the American Century and the rise of the United States as a global power after 1945. Ayala and Bernabe argue instead that the American Century began in 1898. By situating the rise of the United States to global power at the beginning of the twentieth century, Ayala and Bernabe push the reader to rethink the role the United States has played in shaping the nations and territories of Latin America and the Caribbean.

The target audience of the book is not specialists but rather the general public. However, the book has value for scholars and students of Caribbean, Latin America, or Latino studies, as well....

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