Planting the Flag

Empire’s Workshop
Latin America, the United States, and the Rise of the New Imperialism
Greg Grandin
Metropolitan Books, $25, 304 pp.

In his second inaugural address, George W. Bush declared that “the survival of liberty in our land increasingly depends on the success of liberty in other lands, America’s vital interests and our deepest beliefs are now one.” He then added, “The defense of freedom requires the advance of freedom.”

Author and critic Tom Wolfe saw in this presidential message a pledge to apply the Monroe Doctrine to lands and peoples beyond Latin America. In...

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About the Author

Robert E. White, a former United States ambassador to El Salvador and Paraguay, is president of the Center for International Policy.