Overthrow: America’s Century of Regime Change from Hawaii to Iraq

By | October 12, 2017
Overthrow: America's Century of Regime Change from Hawaii to Iraq Author Stephen Kinzer
ISBN-10 0805082409
ISBN-13 9780805082401
Year 2007-02-06
Pages 416
Language English
Publisher Times Books
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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 Detailed passionate and convincing with the pace and grip of a good thriller Anatol Lieven The New York Times Book Review

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