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Overthrow: America's Century of Regime Change from Hawaii to Iraq

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American leaders might be forgiven for intervening in countries about which they were so ignorant. What is harder to justify is their refusal to listen to their own intelligence agents. Chiefs of the CIA stations in Tehran, Guatemala City, Saigon, and Santiago explicitly warned against staging these coups. Officials in Washington paid no heed. They rejected or ignored all intelligence reports that contradicted what they instinctively believed.

Americans who think about and make foreign policy grasp the nature of alliances, big-power rivalries, and wars of conquest. The passionate desire of people in poor countries to assert control over their natural resources, which pushed them into conflict with the United States during the Cold War, lay completely outside the experience of most American leaders. Henry Kissinger spoke for them, eloquently as always, after Chilean foreign minister Gabriel Valdes accused him of knowing nothing about the Southern Hemisphere.

?No, and I don't care,? Kissinger replied. ?Nothing important can come from the south. History has never been produced in the south. The axis of history starts in Moscow, goes to Bonn, crosses over to Washington, and then goes to Tokyo. What happens in the south is of no importance.?

This attitude made it easy for American statesmen to misunderstand why nationalist movements arose in the developing world.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780805078619
Subtitle:
America's Century of Regime Change from Hawaii to Iraq
Author:
Kinzer, Stephen
Author:
Johnson, Ian
Publisher:
Times Books
Subject:
History
Subject:
Military - United States
Subject:
United States - General
Subject:
International Relations - General
Subject:
Iraq War, 2003
Subject:
United States Foreign relations.
Subject:
Modern - General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Publication Date:
20060404
Binding:
Electronic book text in proprietary or open standard format
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
1 16-pg bandw insert
Pages:
400
Dimensions:
8 x 5.31 in

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Product details 400 pages Times Books - English 9780805078619 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Kinzer has written a detailed, passionate and convincing book....Most important, it helps explain why, outside of Eastern Europe, American pronouncements about spreading democracy and freedom, as repeatedly employed by the Bush administration, are met with widespread incredulity."
"Review" by , "To be shocked and awed by history is not a common reading experience. One usually reserves such reactions for edgy fiction, juicy memoirs or newsy exposes....Overthrow is as gripping as any of these."
"Review" by , "The lightning-swift invasion of Iraq and the subsequent slog through a bloody insurrection...haunts this book as yet another lesson unlearned about how much like our former colonial masters we have become."
"Review" by , "I have a sad suspicion that, with Iraq's seemingly endless toll, Overthrow will likewise become required reading."
"Review" by , "Citizens concerned about foreign affairs must read this book....We deposed fourteen foreign governments in hardly more than a century, some for good reasons, more for bad reasons, with most dubious long-term consequences."
"Review" by , "Bush has had plenty of company in the past century — presidents who believe that America, as Kinzer tells us, has the right to wage war wherever it deems war necessary."
"Review" by , "Stephen Kinzer's book is a jewel....It is a tale of imperialism American-style, usually in the service of corporate interests."
"Synopsis" by , A fast-paced narrative history of the coups, revolutions, and invasions by which the United States has toppled fourteen foreign governments?not always to its own benefit.

"Regime change" did not begin with the administration of George W. Bush, but has been an integral part of U.S. foreign policy for more than one hundred years. Starting with the overthrow of the Hawaiian monarchy in 1893 and continuing through the Spanish-American War and the Cold War and into our own time, the United States has not hesitated to overthrow governments that stood in the way of its political and economic goals. The invasion of Iraq in 2003 is the latest, though perhaps not the last, example of the dangers inherent in these operations.

In Overthrow, Stephen Kinzer tells the stories of the audacious politicians, spies, military commanders, and business executives who took it upon themselves to depose monarchs, presidents, and prime ministers. He also shows that the U.S. government has often pursued these operations without understanding the countries involved; as a result, many of them have had disastrous long-term consequences. In a compelling and provocative history that takes readers to fourteen countries, including Cuba, Iran, South Vietnam, Chile, and Iraq, Kinzer surveys modern American history from a new and often surprising perspective.

"Synopsis" by ,
A fast-paced narrative history of the coups, revolutions, and invasions by which the United States has toppled fourteen foreign governments--not always to its own benefit

"Regime change" did not begin with the administration of George W. Bush, but has been an integral part of U.S. foreign policy for more than one hundred years. Starting with the overthrow of the Hawaiian monarchy in 1893 and continuing through the Spanish-American War and the Cold War and into our own time, the United States has not hesitated to overthrow governments that stood in the way of its political and economic goals. The invasion of Iraq in 2003 is the latest, though perhaps not the last, example of the dangers inherent in these operations.

In Overthrow, Stephen Kinzer tells the stories of the audacious politicians, spies, military commanders, and business executives who took it upon themselves to depose monarchs, presidents, and prime ministers. He also shows that the U.S. government has often pursued these operations without understanding the countries involved; as a result, many of them have had disastrous long-term consequences.

In a compelling and provocative history that takes readers to fourteen countries, including Cuba, Iran, South Vietnam, Chile, and Iraq, Kinzer surveys modern American history from a new and often surprising perspective.

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