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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New York Times foreign correspondent Kinzer has collected 14 cases in which the United States overthrew another government, starting with the 1893 annexation of Hawaii. By doing so, he creates an ... Read full review
Many of the responses to this book prove the truth of the old adage: there is nothing so hard to accept as a painful truth.
In fact, Kinzer's analysis is clear, comprehensive and convincing to anyone with an open mind. And, although he starts with the Hawaii rebellion in 1893, he could have taken earlier examples in Texas, California and Arizona in 1845. Exactly the same methodology was used there: arm the American settlers, make a big deal about their need of "protection," arrange the deposing of legitimate governments, convince big business to take over local industry, agriculture and commerce. So it's been going on since the early days of the Union and it's not finished, judging by the Bosnia, Kosovo and Afghan instances.
You can see that many Americans don't want this to be mentioned or analysed but Kinzer does a good job of it, without prejudice or too much judgement. He simply concludes that this aspect of USA foreign policy doesn't carry much credit and would not be acceptable if any other country did it.
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