Latin America's Wars, Volume 1

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Brassey's, Incorporated, 2003 - History - 569 pages
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"The author, leading Latin American military history scholar Robert L. Scheina, begins by discussing the various wars for independence from Spanish and Portuguese domination during the late eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. He also examines Mexico's conflicts with the United States over expansion in the 1830s and 1840s, as well as later French interference in Mexican politics during the reign of Napoleon III. Professor Scheina concludes with the Spanish-American War, which marked the beginning of the U.S. age of imperialism in Latin America. In over three dozen comprehensive and tightly organized chapters, he covers all types of internal and external military activity, including wars of conquest, terrorism, revolutions, coups, border disputes, class conflicts, and civil unrest. Key figures receive capsule biographies, and each chapter has exhaustive endnotes for reference. He focuses on operational history in the context of war as an instrument of politics and society, including insightful analyses of the military as an institution and of its relations with civilian government." --Book Jacket.

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In the account of Walker's Nicaraguan takeover, Scheina states that the Accessory Transit Company's agents were J.P.Morgan and Garrison. That is a pretty stupid goof. J.P.Morgan was still a teenager at the time. The man's correct name was Charles Morgan, who as far as I know was unrelated to J.P. Maybe this is a fine book in other respects, but Mr. Scheina has failed to get his names straight.  

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