Secret History, Second Edition: The CIA’s Classified Account of Its Operations in Guatemala, 1952-1954

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Stanford University Press, Oct 9, 2006 - History - 176 pages
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The first edition of this book, published in 1999, was well-received, but interest in it has surged in recent years. It chronicles an early example of “regime change” that was based on a flawed interpretation of intelligence and proclaimed a success even as its mistakes were becoming clear. Since 1999, a number of documents relating to the CIA’s activities in Guatemala have been declassified, and a truth and reconciliation process has unearthed other reports, speeches, and writings that shed more light on the role of the United States. For this edition, the author has selected and annotated twenty-one documents for a new documentary Appendix, including President Clinton’s apology to the people of Guatemala.

  

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Well researched look at PBSUCCESS, the CIA's coup in Guatemala. Cullather uses the CIA's own records to craft a powerful narrative that shows an ill conceived and executed operation which had a powerful impact on American Cold War policy. Read full review

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A true story of frightening incompetence that has been repeated again and again in this last half century. Read full review

Contents

Foreword to the CIA Edition
5
Reversing the Trend
38
Sufficient Means
74
The Sweet Smell of Success
105
PBSUCCESS Timeline
127
New Documents
143
The Culture of Fear by Piero Gleijeses
xxiii
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About the author (2006)

Nick Cullather is Associate Professor of History at Indiana University. He is the author of Illusions of Influence: The Political Economy of United States-Philippines Relations, 1942-1960 (Stanford University Press, 1994).

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