Delesseps Morrison’s posthumous account of his tenure as United States Ambassador to the OAS does not pretend to be scholarly. However, the impressions of this political activist are indeed a primary source. Ambassador Morrison explains the intricacies of the Alliance for Progress as well as his role in attaining economic and diplomatic sanctions against Castro’s Cuba. The lack of a cohesive Latin American policy during the Kennedy years is apparent and also the state of confusion existing in the Bureau of Inter-American Affairs. The ambassador is critical of Kennedy’s White House staff of untrained romantics whose ideas about Latin America frequently took precedence over those of experienced Department of State advisors.

He expresses grave concern for the future of United States policy in Latin America vis a vis the ineffective OAS, which is controlled by the United States but operates under a facade of juridical equality. Examples of United States coercion of hemispheric neighbors are related, and of particular interest is the role which Washington played in the expulsion of the Trujillos from the Dominican Republic.

Morrison recommends a flexible Latin American policy, strongly supporting the Alianza, encouraging European nations and Japan to assist, and accepting differences of opinion within the hemisphere. In his opinion also the Department of State should upgrade its personnel and help to strengthen the Secretariat of the OAS. He warns against over-reliance upon the democratic left, which often incorrectly believes that it can outdo the Communists in achieving social change, and cites Juan Bosch as a primary example of this failure to keep pace with reality.

At all times Ambassador Morrison delighted in exposing political and diplomatic corruption and in so doing shed considerable light upon contemporary hemispheric problems.