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In 1992, the Central Intelligence Agency hired the young historian Nick Cullather to write a history (classified “secret” and for internal distribution only) of the Agencys Operation PBSUCCESS, which overthrew the lawful government of Guatemala in 1954. Given full access to the Agencys archives, he produced a vivid insiders account, intended as a training manual for covert operators, detailing how the C.I.A. chose targets, planned strategies, and organized the mechanics of waging a secret war. In 1997, during a brief period of open disclosure, the C.I.A. declassified the history with remarkably few substantive deletions. The New York Times called it “an astonishingly frank account . . . which may be a high-water mark in the agencys openness.” Here is that account, with new notes by the author which clarify points in the history and add newly available information.

In the Cold War atmosphere of 1954, the U.S. State Department (under John Foster Dulles) and the C.I.A. (under his brother Allen Dulles) regarded Guatemalas democratically elected leftist government as a Soviet beachhead in the Western Hemisphere. At the C.I.A.s direction, the government was overthrown and replaced by a military dictatorship installed by the Agency. This book tells, for the first time, how a disaster-prone operation—marked by bad planning, poor security, and incompetent execution—was raised to legendary status by its almost accidental triumph.

This early C.I.A. covert operation delighted both President Dwight D. Eisenhower and the Dulles brothers, and Allen Dulles concluded that the apparent success in Guatemala, despite a long series of blunders, made the venture a sound model for future operations. This book reveals how the legend of PBSUCCESS grew, and why attempts to imitate it failed so disastrously at the Bay of Pigs in 1961 and in the Contra war in the 1980s. The Afterword traces the effects of the coup of 1954 on the subsequent unstable politics and often violent history of Guatemala.

Synopsis:

This is a secret, internal history of the C.I.A.s operation to overthrow the lawful government of Guatemala in 1954. The document, declassified in 1997, was called “astonishingly frank” by the New York Times.

Synopsis:

In 1992, the CIA hired the historian Nick Cullather to write a history of the Agency's Operation PBSUCCESS, which overthrew the lawful government of Guatemala in 1954. Given full access to the Agency's archives, he produced a vivid insider's account, detailing how the CIA chose targets, planned strategies, and organized the mechanics of waging a secret war. In 1997 the CIA declassified the history. Here is that account, with new notes by the author which clarify points in the history and add newly available information.

Synopsis:

In 1992, the CIA hired the young historian Nick Cullather to write a history (classified 'secret' and for internal distribution only) of the Agency's Operation PBSUCCESS, which overthrew the lawful government of Guatemala in 1954. Given full access to the Agency's archives, he produced a vivid insider's account, intended as a training manual for covert operators, detailing how the CIA chose targets, planned strategies, and organized the mechanics of waging a secret war. In 1997, during a brief period of open disclosure, the CIA declassified the history with remarkably few substantive deletions. The New York Times called it 'an astonishingly frank account ... which may be a high-water mark in the agency's openness.' Here is that account, with new notes by the author which clarify points in the history and add newly available information.

Synopsis:

Nick Cullather is Associate Professor of History at Indiana University. He is the author of Illusions of Influence: The Political Economy of United States-Philipines Relations, 1942-1966 (Stanford, 1994).

Description:

Includes bibliographical references (p. [133]-136) and index.

About the Author

"Cullather provides a realistic and nuanced view of an otherwise well-covered operation, seen through the eyes of the agency that led PBSUCCESS ....By providing the insider's view of the operations Cullather has offered invaluable detail and insight previously unavailable. For students of Latin America and U.S. national security policymaking in the region, Cullather has done a great service."—Mark Montesclaros, H-Net Reviews

Table of Contents

Introduction: A culture of destruction; Foreword to the CIA edition; 1. America's backyard; 2. Reversing the trend; 3. Sufficient means; 4. The sweet smell of success; Appendices; Afterword: The culture of fear Piero Gleijeses; Index.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780804733113
Subtitle:
The CIA's Classified Account of Its Operations in Guatemala, 1952-1954
Introduction:
Cullather, Nick
Introduction by:
Cullather, Nick
Introduction:
Cullather, Nick
Author:
Cullather, Nick
Afterword:
Gleijeses, Piero
Author:
Gleijeses, Piero
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
Location:
Stanford, Calif. :
Subject:
History
Subject:
United states
Subject:
International Relations
Subject:
United States - 20th Century
Subject:
Central America
Subject:
Espionage
Subject:
United States - 20th Century/50s
Subject:
Central intelligence agency
Subject:
Guatemala
Subject:
Guatemala Relations United States.
Subject:
International Relations - General
Subject:
Latin America - Central America
Subject:
Guatemala History 1945-1985.
Subject:
World History-Central America
Edition Number:
1
Edition Description:
1
Publication Date:
19990401
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
200
Dimensions:
8 x 5 in

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"Synopsis" by ,
This is a secret, internal history of the C.I.A.s operation to overthrow the lawful government of Guatemala in 1954. The document, declassified in 1997, was called “astonishingly frank” by the New York Times.
"Synopsis" by , In 1992, the CIA hired the historian Nick Cullather to write a history of the Agency's Operation PBSUCCESS, which overthrew the lawful government of Guatemala in 1954. Given full access to the Agency's archives, he produced a vivid insider's account, detailing how the CIA chose targets, planned strategies, and organized the mechanics of waging a secret war. In 1997 the CIA declassified the history. Here is that account, with new notes by the author which clarify points in the history and add newly available information.
"Synopsis" by , In 1992, the CIA hired the young historian Nick Cullather to write a history (classified 'secret' and for internal distribution only) of the Agency's Operation PBSUCCESS, which overthrew the lawful government of Guatemala in 1954. Given full access to the Agency's archives, he produced a vivid insider's account, intended as a training manual for covert operators, detailing how the CIA chose targets, planned strategies, and organized the mechanics of waging a secret war. In 1997, during a brief period of open disclosure, the CIA declassified the history with remarkably few substantive deletions. The New York Times called it 'an astonishingly frank account ... which may be a high-water mark in the agency's openness.' Here is that account, with new notes by the author which clarify points in the history and add newly available information.
"Synopsis" by ,
Nick Cullather is Associate Professor of History at Indiana University. He is the author of Illusions of Influence: The Political Economy of United States-Philipines Relations, 1942-1966 (Stanford, 1994).
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