Shattered Hope: The Guatemalan Revolution and the United States, 1944-1954

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Princeton University Press, 1992 - History - 430 pages
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The most thorough account yet available of a revolution that saw the first true agrarian reform in Central America, this book is also a penetrating analysis of the tragic destruction of that revolution. In no other Central American country was U.S. intervention so decisive and so ruinous, charges Piero Gleijeses. Yet he shows that the intervention can be blamed on no single "convenient villain." "Extensively researched and written with conviction and passion, this study analyzes the history and downfall of what seems in retrospect to have been Guatemala's best government, the short-lived regime of Jacobo Arbenz, overthrown in 1954, by a CIA-orchestrated coup."--Foreign Affairs "Piero Gleijeses offers a historical road map that may serve as a guide for future generations. . . . [Readers] will come away with an understanding of the foundation of a great historical tragedy."--Saul Landau, The Progressive "[Gleijeses's] academic rigor does not prevent him from creating an accessible, lucid, almost journalistic account of an episode whose tragic consequences still reverberate."--Paul Kantz, Commonweal

  

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Great use of historical documents to make the case of Eisenhower's decision to overthrow Arbenz was due to fear of communism spreading to the Western hemipshere more than the desire of United Fruit Company of Boston Mass. Read full review

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another masterpiece of Gleijeses Read full review

Contents

VII
8
VIII
30
IX
50
X
72
XI
85
XII
117
XIII
134
XIV
149
XVII
223
XVIII
267
XIX
279
XX
319
XXI
361
XXII
388
XXIII
395
XXIV
423

XV
171
XVI
208

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Piero Gleijeses is professor of American foreign policy at the School of Advanced International Studies at the Johns Hopkins University. He is author of "Conflicting Missions: Havana, Washington, and Africa, 1959-1976", among other books.

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