This study analyzes the effectiveness of the U.S. military attache corps in Latin America from the end of World War II to the Johnson administration. Until now, there has not been a historical study on attache proficiency, their training and education, or utilization of their reports by policy makers in Washington. An analytical framework is used to test the capability of this intelligence gathering system and applied in the case studies of: Guatemala, 1950-1954, Cuba, 1954-1958 and Bolivia 1960-1964.
"One is impressed by the maturity and sophistication of this work, as well as by the extraordinary breadth and depth of the research. The author's access to hitherto classified materials ensures the reader of fresh information and insights. All of this constitutes a well-organized and clearly written outstanding whole."
-Charles D. Ameringer, author of "U.S. Foreign Intelligence: The Secret Side of American History
"This well-crafted and path-breaking study carefully reconstructs the roles played by U.S. military and naval attaches in America's relations with three Latin American nations experiencing coups and revolutions in the 1950s and 1960s."
-Peter Karsten, author of "The Military in America
"In these times of new preemptive policies in other, less amenable, parts of the world, Kirkland provides us with a small, but pointed lesson on the importance of good intelligence to decision making.
-Journal of Military History
|The Attache Corps in the Pre-Cold War Era, 1888-1945|
|The Attaches, their Duties, Responsibilities, Education, Training and Attitudes, 1945-1964|
|U.S. Attaches, Guatemala and the Overthrow of Jacobo Arbenz, 1950-1954|
|U.S. Attaches and the Cuban Revolution, 1952-1958|
|U.S. Attaches and the Bolivian MNR, 1958-1964|
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Series: Latin American Studies
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Number Of Pages: 224
Published: 1st September 2003
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2 x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.45
Edition Number: 1