The Cold War in Latin America continues to be a major topic of analysis in many academic disciplines, made all the more enticing because new information is constantly emerging. In from the Cold asks us to look beyond the opening of new archives, testimonies, interviews, and declassified documents and instead to reconsider the conflict itself. For many years, scholars have viewed Latin America as caught between two great powers in a largely reactive position that left little space for autonomous action. The chapters in the book aim, as Gilbert Joseph writes, “to transcend frayed, dichotomizing paradigms of interpretation that themselves appear to be artifacts of the conflict” (p. 17).

This is a refreshing approach, since it is easy to be lulled into a sense that the Cold War is already well defined. The chapters are of a uniformly high quality even if, at times, characterized by a bit of overreach....

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