Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data. Kinzer, Stephen. Overthrow: America’s century of regime change from Hawaii to Iraq I Stephen Kinzer. Anna said: Overthrow made me realize how poor my education of US history is, and saddly Kinzer’s Overthrow is a history of the USA taking over countries by. With “Overthrow: America’s Century of Regime Change from Hawaii to Iraq,” Stephen Kinzer, a former New York Times foreign correspondent, analyzes the.

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

Each chapter focuses on a specific country and the coup or invasion that overthrew its government and provides as engaging a work of narrative history as any spy novel.

References ovrrthrow this book Struggling to Define a Nation: Central America has been made toxic to this day due to over a century of US dominance. And how succesful were the Soviets in trying this approach? The coup brought the Pinochet dictatorship to power, and kijzer to the torture and murder of thousands.

Following Hawaii, the second overthrow came at the end of the Spanish-American War, when the McKinley administration decided to take control of several Spanish colonies, instead of liberating them to govern themselves.

Sep 19, Jennifer rated it it was ok Shelves: Despotism and Godless Terrorism. This is a rather uneven read overhtrow US history.

The new government was determined to defend its independence. For many Americans, this is kinzet first kinezr you’ll be exposed to these histories. Kinzer, of course, predictably fails to mention that Cheney was actually forced to divest himself of his Halliburton stock when he became VP, and besides, all of the oil contracts in Iraq went to China and countries that didn’t even participate in the invasion. The Indispensable Chomsky is an excellent next-step.


Hersh and Ovrrthrow Hedges -With any introductory material where you sacrifice quality for the hope of appealing to a wider audience, the risk is re-enforcing certain status quo assumptions that perpetuate our inability to imagine actual change. A disturbing read ovetrhrow the lengths the US government will go to in order to protect the almighty do The American government has consistently invaded sovereign nations and gone to war to defend big business concerns and help corporate America pillage the natural resources of foreign nations.

In it, Kinzer looks at over a dozen examples of U. Another challenge to Mr.

I understand that he was trying to focus on the episodes where our country overtly overthrew another government, but he could have given a sense of what else the US was up to. Kinzer makes numerous misleading statements, uses quotes out of context, and assumes that all US foreign policy ventures are dictated by selfish economic interests in general and by corporate robberbarons specifically.

Not to mention Edward Landsdale, who was Magsaysay’s kingmaker before he fucked up Vietnam? This policy is neutral with respect to democracy as most of us understand the term but is instead based on making resources and markets available to US and, increasingly, international corporations.

Stephen Kinzer’s crisp and thoughtful Overthrow undermines the myth of national innocence. My main problem with this book was overthros it left out the world wars as episodes of regime change. According to Kinzer, the first such instance was the overthrow of the Kingdom of Hawaii inand continuing to America-led invasion of Iraq in After Arbenz was overthrown, Guatemala plunged into a thirty-year civil war that took hundreds of thousands of lives.

Kinzer’s politics is that the sleazy machinations that ovrthrow in the annexation of Hawaii and the disgusting war of conquest that brought us Puerto Rico ended up bringing undeniable material and political benefits to the natives of those countries, who are today quiet content to live under Yankee “imperialism” and would- kinxer have- rejected independence when given the choice. McCloy, the president of the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development, was a former board member.


I have been a little Kinzer obsessed since reading ‘Blood of Brothers’ during my time in Nicaragua. In a world where corporations are people and money equals speech equals power the swath of destruction that the United States has created is unsurprising.

McKinley had other plans. I’m not sure why Kinzer left these cases out.

Why the focus on Granada or Panama the Noriega case, not the original breaking off of that section of Colombia so we could have a Canal Oct 03, Dale rated it really liked it Shelves: Then, those business interests use the power kijzer connections of their CEOs and lawyers to sway the government’s interest.

What a dismal read.

Overtheow are the consequences to the target countries unintended! Of course now, after tens of years of interventions, U. Common belief is that U.

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He is at his best when he is putting together individual stories of little known characters who played decisive roles in the history of US interventions. May 22, ,inzer rated it liked it. Recent estimates put the total atMar 17, Ian. Jul 09, Joseph Stieb rated it really liked it Shelves: It’s such a mindlessly absurd liberal notion that it soured the entire book for me, which up until the last chapter was a good read with some disappointing bits.

Dec 19, Neil Taylor rated it it was overthgow. This time the victim was President Jacobo Arbenz of Guatemala, who supported a land-reform program that affected the United Fruit Company.