Intervention and Revolution
by Richard Barnet

A reasonable interpretation of American foreign policy during the cold war. He does not rely entirely on class theory and economic interpretations of history.
"Class theories of economic imperialism, which view the state as an agent of the most powerful domestic economic interests, underestimate the independent role of the national security bureaucracy, which in the United States has taken on a life and movement of its own." p.17.
The book covers the Truman doctrine, the Greek Civil war, the Eisenhower doctrine and the Lebanese civil war, the Johnson doctrine and the Dominican Republic, the four interventions in Vietnam, the subversion of undesirable governments, as well as preliminary chapters that give the background for the cold war and a concluding chapter on patterns of intervention.

Year Read: 1987


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