Managing the Counterrevolution: The United States and Guatemala, 1954-1961

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Ohio University Press, 2000 - History - 384 pages
The Eisenhower administration's intervention in Guatemala is one of the most closely studied covert operations in the history of the Cold War. Yet we know far more about the 1954 coup itself than its aftermath. This book uses the concept of “counterrevolution” to trace the Eisenhower administration's efforts to restore U.S. hegemony in a nation whose reform governments had antagonized U.S. economic interests and the local elite.

Comparing the Guatemalan case to U.S.-sponsored counterrevolutions in Iran, the Dominican Republic, Brazil, and Chile reveals that Washington's efforts to roll back “communism” in Latin America and elsewhere during the Cold War represented in reality a short-term strategy to protect core American interests from the rising tide of Third World nationalism.
 

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Contents

USGuatemalan Relations to 1954
7
The Presidency of Carlos Catillo Armas
33
The 19571958 Presidential Elections
59
The Presidency of Miguel Ydigoras Fuentes
78
The Guatemala Lobby
108
The Parallel Government
137
UFCOIRCA and Empresa Electrica
164
Diversifying Foreign Investment
189
The MR13 Rebellion
210
Ch10Conclusion
239
Abbreviations Used in the Notes
249
Notes
251
Bibliography
333
Index
371
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