Bitter Fruit: The Story of the American Coup in Guatemala

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Harvard University, David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies, 1999 - History - 331 pages
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'Bitter fruit' recounts in telling detail the CIA operation to overthrow the democratically elected government of Jacobo Arbenz of Guatemala in 1954. The 1982 book has become a classic, a textbook case study of Cold War meddling that succeeded only to condemn Guatemala to decades of military dictatorship. The authors make extensive use of U.S. government publications and documents, as well as interviews with former CIA and other officials. It includes an introduction by historian John Coatsworth, Director of the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies; an insightful prologue by Richard Nuccio, former State Department official who revealed recent evidence of CIA misconduct in Guatemala to Congress; and a compelling afterword by coauthor Stephen Kinzer, now Istanbul bureau chief for the New York Times, summarizing developments that led from the 1954 coup to the peace accords that ended Guatemala's civil strife forty years later.

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Review: Bitter Fruit: The Story of the American Coup in Guatemala (Latin American Studies)

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I found a reference to this book in another I recently read: Will It Liberate? by Michael Novak, wanting to learn more about United Fruit Company and its influences in Guatemala history during the ... Read full review

Review: Bitter Fruit: The Story of the American Coup in Guatemala (Latin American Studies)

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A must-read for everyone who wants to understand how the US government intervened in detrimental ways in the internal politics of Guatemala in the name of preserving freedom and stopping communism in the Cold War. It is a sobering story which ought to make Americans think. Read full review

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A TEACHER TAKES POWER
25
THE CLOUDS GATHER
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THE UNITED FRUIT COMPANY
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