Bitter Fruit: The Story of the American Coup in Guatemala

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Harvard University, David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies, 2005 - History - 330 pages
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Bitter Fruit is a comprehensive and insightful account of the CIA operation to overthrow the democratically elected government of Jacobo Arbenz of Guatemala in 1954. First published in 1982, this book has become a classic, a textbook case of the relationship between the United States and the Third World. The authors make extensive use of U.S. government documents and interviews with former CIA and other officials. It is a warning of what happens when the United States abuses its power.

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

User Review  - John Carroll - Goodreads

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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User Review  - Tom Buske - Goodreads

A pretty thorough account of the CIA's role in the deposing of Guatemala President Jacobo Arbenz in 1954 under the guise of a Communist purge, the book looks at the role of United Fruit Co and their part in the proceedings. Read full review

Contents

A TEACHER TAKES POWER
25
THE CLOUDS GATHER
49
THE UNITED FRUIT COMPANY
65
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About the author (2005)

Stephen Schlesinger is Director of the World Policy Institute.

Stephen Kinzer is a visiting fellow at the Watson Institute for International Studies at Brown University.

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