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Stephen C. Schlesinger Ø 0 review review É PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook Ø Stephen C. Schlesinger Bitter Fruit The Story of the American Coup in Guatemala review ¹ 100 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 e. This like Kinzer s All the Shah s Men is a very readable history designed for the non specialist Unlike some histories the authors do not conceal their disdain for those Washington policy makers most particularly the Dulles brothers who destroyed the fledgling Guatemalan democracy s attempts at moderate social reform and consigned the country to decades of civil war Sadly this is but a case study of the typically short sighted and self interested motives which inspire much of the foreign policy of the United States of America

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Stephen C. Schlesinger Ø 0 review review É PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook Ø Stephen C. Schlesinger Bitter Fruit The Story of the American Coup in Guatemala review ¹ 100 Xtensive use of US government documents and interviews with former CIA and other officials It is a warning of what happens when the United States abuses its pow. Bitter Fruit The Untold Story of the American Coup in Guatemala is an account on the US orchestrated plot to overthrow the democratically elected government of Guatemala and replace it with a pliant dictator in order to prop up a fruit company As ridiculous as that sounds it happened Stephen Kinzer takes a journalistic approach to this story mixing hard bitten backroom dealing in both Washington and Guatemala City with history and corporate affairs Dulles and Eisenhower are two of the American instigators as well as the US ambassador to Guatemala and the US representative to the United Nations to name just a few Many of the coup backers state side eventually wound up working for the United Fruit company a few years after the fact The Guatemalan government had only been a successful democracy for 10 years before the 1954 coup d etat Guatemala in 1944 was impoverished and mostly controlled by United Fruit so the democratic coup sought land reform and a greater slice of the economic pie for Guatemalans things which the US was able to label as communist The President of Guatemala at the time of the coup Jacobo Arbenz began to nationalize unused tracts of land owned by United Fruit back up land with no crops growing on it and compensating the company for the lands declared value which was ironically deflated so United Fruit could dodge taxes This did not sit well with the United Fruit board of directors who were also struggling with modernizing labour laws and racial euality things they also did not like With a large and powerful corporate lobbying group in DC United Fruit was easily able to convince the top dogs in the US that a coup was necessary Justification of the coup reuired a pliant individual to take power After much deliberating the CIA settled on Carlos Castillo Armas a disgruntled former solider turned rebel He was backed by the US s Flying Tiger suadron and the governments of Honduras and Nicaragua both ruled by US puppet dictators All of this was supported by covert propaganda campaigns including setting up a rebel radio station using the US embassy in Guatemala City as a covert operations base and fudging the press back in the US The coup carried out in 1954 was almost a failure but was eventually successful with Arbenez fleeing to Mexico in exile Armas took power for three years before he was assassinated and replaced by a string of dictators in the short run Armas time in office was marked by corruption authoritarianism and the use of death suads on labour and peasant interests within the country Kinzer s book is a blow by blow account of the coup and the key players involved in setting it up as well as the reasons why it happened in theory to combat communism in reality to help United Fruit avoid paying taxes or having to help build the Guatemalan economy The Guatemalan coup was Machiavellian politics in action and the disreputable backroom shenanigans that went on to plan it is mind boggling This coup disrupted democracy in Guatemala for decades and was directly responsible for countless deaths and disappearances during Guatemala s authoritarian period The principle characters and their motivations and nuances is interesting as is the planning execution and aftermath of the coup itself Kinzer s book is frankly biased of course as it is wholly against the coup but the book is well written and nuanced offering some perspective from the United FruitUnited States Even so the account is interesting and well written and the history of the coup is one of a big bully picking on a small fry Recommended for those interested in US foreign policy Cold War history and the like

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Stephen C. Schlesinger Ø 0 review review É PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook Ø Stephen C. Schlesinger Bitter Fruit The Story of the American Coup in Guatemala review ¹ 100 Bitter Fruit is a comprehensive and insightful account of the CIA operation to overthrow the democratically elected government of Jacobo Arbenz of Guatemala in. I learned that part of the reason we have a so called immigration problem is due to the good old greed of American capitalism We get involved in Latin America and train people for coups and put in dictators in order to keep the status uo and then people wonder why people flock to the States from Latin America An amazing and eye opening read


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    [EBOOK / KINDLE] Bitter Fruit The Story of the American Coup in Guatemala BY Stephen C. Schlesinger I learned that part of the reason we have a so called immigration problem is due to the good old greed of American capitalism We get involved in Latin America and train people for coups and put in dictators in order to keep the status uo and then people wonder why people flock to the States from Latin America An amazing and eye opening read

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    [EBOOK / KINDLE] Bitter Fruit The Story of the American Coup in Guatemala BY Stephen C. Schlesinger This is another one of those works of histories that should be reuired reading for all American schoolchildren Adults too If you aren't already aware of the vicious and silly depths that your government or its subsidiary companies here United Fruit will go in the name of democracy and freedom to perpetuate anything but then this would a go

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    [EBOOK / KINDLE] Bitter Fruit The Story of the American Coup in Guatemala BY Stephen C. Schlesinger review É PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook Ø Stephen C. Schlesinger I ordered this book because I had to give a conference in Guatemala and was confused about the beginning of the country's long armed conflict I figured this was a good place to start and it was It helped me understand better not only the American role in Guatemala but also a lot of the current attitudes and opinions in

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    [EBOOK / KINDLE] Bitter Fruit The Story of the American Coup in Guatemala BY Stephen C. Schlesinger This like Kinzer's All the Shah's Men is a very readable history designed for the non specialist Unlike some histories the authors do not conceal their disdain for those Washington policy makers most particularly

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    Stephen C. Schlesinger Ø 0 review [EBOOK / KINDLE] Bitter Fruit The Story of the American Coup in Guatemala BY Stephen C. Schlesinger Damning historical expose probes the American coup d'etat against Jacobo Arbenz's left leaning government in Guatemala Kinzer and Schlesinger do a fine job sketching Guatemalan history and culture showing that small nation slowly but inexorably moving from military rule towards fragile democracyuntil America stepped in and suashed them The book leaves no doubt about United Fruit's role in triggering the coup warping a liberal nationalist

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    Read Bitter Fruit The Story of the American Coup in Guatemala [EBOOK / KINDLE] Bitter Fruit The Story of the American Coup in Guatemala BY Stephen C. Schlesinger review É PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook Ø Stephen C. Schlesinger The term banana republic seems odd in the 21st century They must be small odd places tucking into strange corners of the world perhaps something like the republic of Fredonia Duck Soup or the Grand Duchy of Fenwick The Mouse that Roared Sixty years ago “banana republic” meant most of the countries of Central

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    Stephen C. Schlesinger Ø 0 review review É PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook Ø Stephen C. Schlesinger Read Bitter Fruit The Story of the American Coup in Guatemala Bitter Fruit The Untold Story of the American Coup in Guatemala is an account on the US orchestrated plot to overthrow the democratically elected government of Guatemala and replace it with a pliant dictator in ord

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    Stephen C. Schlesinger Ø 0 review review É PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook Ø Stephen C. Schlesinger Read Bitter Fruit The Story of the American Coup in Guatemala MUST READ I think I've decided I prefer my history written by journalists far easier to read This text reads like a blueprint for current US foreign policy There's so much here that serves to illustrate US government relatio

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    review É PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook Ø Stephen C. Schlesinger Stephen C. Schlesinger Ø 0 review [EBOOK / KINDLE] Bitter Fruit The Story of the American Coup in Guatemala BY Stephen C. Schlesinger Bitter Fruit relates the history of the 1954 CIA directed coup against Guatemalan President Jacobo Arbenz Together with the 1953 putsch against Iranian President Mohammed Mossadegh that gave the CIA two successful knock out

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    review É PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook Ø Stephen C. Schlesinger [EBOOK / KINDLE] Bitter Fruit The Story of the American Coup in Guatemala BY Stephen C. Schlesinger Stephen C. Schlesinger Ø 0 review A 2005 expanded and revised edtion of a 1982 expose of the US backed coup in Guatemala A coup engineered at the behest of United Fruit Company who was upset at the current President for seizing company land and allowing wo

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  • Paperback
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  • Bitter Fruit The Story of the American Coup in Guatemala
  • Stephen C. Schlesinger
  • English
  • 23 August 2018
  • 9780674019300