Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1999.
First Edition; First Printing. Hardcover. Very Good with no dust jacket. Item #13388
Library stamps/marks/labels/slip, otherwise light wear. Crisp hardcover.; Examines US perception of a German threat to its interests in Latin America from the late 19th-century until World War One. "This investigation provides, therefore, a case study in threat perception, the study of the subtle tug-of-war waged between capabilities and desires. This is an inherently complicated subject that wrestles with the slippery, symbiotic relationship between preception and reality. The close analysis of German actions anchors it and helps to ward away the insidious assumption that US perceptions were indeed reality; that is, that because the United States perceived a threat there was in fact a threat. It serves as a rigorous mirror to the patterned distortions - the exaggerations - of US perception. ... It is not so much, as some have argued, that we needed an enemy to justify naval expansion but to see ourselves as different, and better." - Introduction. ; Ex-Library; xi, 312 pages.