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

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Macmillan, Apr 4, 2006 - History - 384 pages
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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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Contents

Introduction
1
THE IMPERIAL
7
A Hell of a Time Up at the Palace
9
Bound for GooGoo Land
31
From a Whorehouse to a White House
56
A Break in the History of the World
78
COVERT ACTION
109
Despotism and Godless Terrorism
111
A Graveyard Smell
195
INVASIONS
217
Our Days of Weakness Are Over
219
Youre No Good
239
They Will Have Flies Walking Across Their Eyeballs
260
Thunder Run
281
Catastrophic Success
300
Notes
323

Get Rid of This Stinker
129
Not the Preferred Way to Commit Suicide
148
Were Going to Smash Him
170
Bibliography
345
Acknowledgments
365
Copyright

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About the author (2006)

Stephen Kinzer is an award-winning foreign correspondent for The New York Times who has reported from more than fifty countries on four continents. He has served as the paper’s bureau chief in Turkey, Germany, and Nicaragua. His
previous books include All the Shah’s Men: An American Coup and the Roots of Middle East Terror; Crescent and Star: Turkey Between Two Worlds; and Blood of Brothers: Life and War in Nicaragua. He is also the co-author of Bitter Fruit: The Untold Story of the American Coup in Guatemala. He lives in Chicago.

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