This edited collection presents 11 meritorious essays on life in Latin America during the Cold War, a perplexing introduction by the editors, and an incisive afterword by a distinguished scholar. This is a University of Texas at Austin project. The editors and the essayists are all affiliated with the university via teaching, studies, or fellowships. The one exception is Alan McPherson of the University of Oklahoma, the author of numerous erudite studies on inter-American relations, who wrote the afterword. The essayists naturally took advantage of the splendid holdings at the Nettie Lee Benson Latin American Collection on their campus. Most also conducted archival research in Latin America, and many visited the Lyndon Baines Johnson Presidential Library, which is near the Benson Collection.

The editors wanted the essayists to consider Latin American initiatives during the Cold War, to explore how Latin American citizens...

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