The Tango War: The Struggle for the Hearts, Minds, and Riches of Latin America during World War II

Mc Conahay, Mary Jo. The Tango War: The Struggle for the Hearts, Minds, and Riches of Latin America during World War II. New York: St. Martin’s Press, 2018.

The author is a reporter who has covered wars in Central America and economics in the Middle East. She details efforts of the U.S. to influence and shape events in Latin America to suit its own purposes during the 1930’s-1970’s, including a section about the State Department program that brought Latin Americans to the U.S. for internment and exchange during WWII.

“Fascinating…McConahay gives an account thick with detail and unexpected twists regarding America’s efforts to control the resources of Latin America. Fast-paced and informative, this is essential reading for anyone who wants to better understand World War II and some of the forces that led to it.” ―Kirkus Reviews (Starred Review)