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The Resource Guantánamo : an American history, Jonathan M. Hansen

Guantánamo : an American history, Jonathan M. Hansen

Label
Guantánamo : an American history
Title
Guantánamo
Title remainder
an American history
Statement of responsibility
Jonathan M. Hansen
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
  • Say the word "Guantánamo" and orange jumpsuits, chain-link fences, torture, and indefinite detention come to mind. To critics the world over, Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, is a striking symbol of American hypocrisy. But the prison isn't the whole story. For more than two centuries, Guantánamo has been at the center of American imperial ambition, first as an object of desire then as a convenient staging ground. In Guantánamo: An American History, Jonathan M. Hansen presents the first complete account of this fascinating place. The U.S. presence at Guantánamo predates even the nation itself, as the bay figured centrally in the imperial expansion plans of colonist and British sailor Lawrence Washington--half brother of the future president George. As the young United States rose in power, Thomas Jefferson and his followers envisioned a vast "empire of liberty," which hinged on U.S. control of the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean Sea. Politically and geographically, Guantánamo Bay was the key to this strategy. So when Cubans took up arms against their Spanish rulers in 1898, America swooped in to ensure that Guantánamo would end up firmly in its control. Over the next century, the American navy turned the bay into an idyllic modern Mayberry--complete with bungalows, cul-de-sacs, and country clubs--which base residents still enjoy. In many ways, Guantánamo remains more quintessentially American than America itself: a distillation of the idealism and arrogance that has characterized U.S. national identity and foreign policy from the very beginning. Despite the Obama administration's repeated efforts to shutter the notorious prison, the naval base is in no danger of closing anytime soon. Places like Guantánamo, which fall between the clear borders of law and sovereignty, continue to serve a purpose regardless of which leaders--left, right, or center--hold the reins of power
  • Chronicles the history of Guantanamo Bay, from the Founding Fathers' desire to possess it to the controversial base it hosts today and the uber-patriotic American soldiers, civilians and their families that call the piece of land home
  • Say the word 'Guantanamo' and orange jumpsuits, chain-link fences, torture, and indefinite detention come to mind. To critics the world over, Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, is a striking symbol of American hypocrisy. But the prison isn't the whole story. For more than two centuries, Guantanamo has been at the center of American imperial ambition, first as an object of desire then as a convenient staging ground. In this book, the author presents the first complete account of this fascinating place. The U.S. presence at Guantanamo predates even the nation itself, as the bay figured centrally in the imperial expansion plans of colonist and British sailor Lawrence Washington, half brother of the future president George. As the young United States rose in power, Thomas Jefferson and his followers envisioned a vast 'empire of liberty, ' which hinged on U.S. control of the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean Sea. Politically and geographically, Guantanamo Bay was the key to this strategy. So when Cubans took up arms against their Spanish rulers in 1898, America swooped in to ensure that Guantanamo would end up firmly in its control. Over the next century, the American navy turned the bay into an idyllic modern Mayberry- complete with bungalows, cul-de-sacs, and country clubs, which base residents still enjoy. In many ways, Guantanamo remains more quintessentially American than America itself: a distillation of the idealism and arrogance that has characterized U.S. national identity and foreign policy from the very beginning. Despite the Obama administration's repeated efforts to shutter the notorious prison, the naval base is in no danger of closing anytime soon. Places like Guantanamo, which fall between the clear borders of law and sovereignty, continue to serve a purpose regardless of which leaders- left, right, or center- hold the reins of power. -- Publisher description
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1962-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Hansen, Jonathan M.
Dewey number
359.7097291/67
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
  • plates
Index
index present
LC call number
VA68.G8
LC item number
H36 2011
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Guantánamo Bay Naval Base (Cuba)
  • Guantánamo Bay (Cuba)
  • Americans
  • United States
  • Cuba
  • Americans
  • Diplomatic relations
  • Caribbean Sea
  • Cuba
  • Cuba
  • United States
  • Bucht von Guantánamo
  • USA
  • Militärstützpunkt
  • USA
  • Bucht von Guantánamo
  • Guantánamo Bay Naval Base (Cuba)
  • Guantánamo Bay (Cuba)
  • Americans
  • United States
  • Cuba
  • Guantánamo Bay Naval Base (Cuba)
  • Guantánamo Bay (Cuba)
  • Americans
  • United States
  • Cuba
Label
Guantánamo : an American history, Jonathan M. Hansen
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Rediscovering Guantánamo -- The new frontier -- Independence day -- A cruel and awful truth -- Guantánamo blues -- Seeing red -- The American dream -- The Haitian problem -- The chosen
Control code
ocn705717106
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
xvii, 428 pages, [16] pages of plates
Isbn
9780809053414
Lccn
2011008442
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations, maps
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780809053414
  • (OCoLC)705717106
Label
Guantánamo : an American history, Jonathan M. Hansen
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Rediscovering Guantánamo -- The new frontier -- Independence day -- A cruel and awful truth -- Guantánamo blues -- Seeing red -- The American dream -- The Haitian problem -- The chosen
Control code
ocn705717106
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
xvii, 428 pages, [16] pages of plates
Isbn
9780809053414
Lccn
2011008442
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations, maps
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780809053414
  • (OCoLC)705717106

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