Overthrow: America's Century of Regime Change from Hawaii to Iraq
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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Review: Overthrow: America's Century of Regime Change from Hawaii to IraqUser Review - Laurie - Goodreads
Well researched, overwhelmingly depressing, fascinating. I had to put it down every once in awhile because it was so devastatingly dark, but I'm so glad I stuck with it. Within these pages lies the answer to the embarrassingly naive question, "why do they hate us?" Read full review
Review: Overthrow: America's Century of Regime Change from Hawaii to IraqUser Review - Keyvan - Goodreads
A "must-read" for anybody who wants to understand US foreign policy and some of oldest anti-American sentiment around the globe. Although I must say the story was one-sided sometimes, but still one of ... Read full review
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