Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data. Kinzer, Stephen. Overthrow: America’s century of regime change from Hawaii to Iraq I Stephen Kinzer. Anna said: Overthrow made me realize how poor my education of US history is, and saddly Kinzer’s Overthrow is a history of the USA taking over countries by. With “Overthrow: America’s Century of Regime Change from Hawaii to Iraq,” Stephen Kinzer, a former New York Times foreign correspondent, analyzes the.

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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. Bush, but has been an integral part of U. Starting with kinaer overthrow of the Hawaiian monarchy in 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 is the latest, though perhaps not the last, example of the dangers inherent in these operations. In OverthrowStephen 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.

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

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. Stephen Kinzer’s crisp and thoughtful Overthrow undermines the ovethrow of national innocence.

We deposed fourteen foreign governments in hardly more than a kijzer, some for good reasons, more for bad reasons, with most dubious long-term consequences. Stephen Kinzer is an award-winning foreign correspondent who has reported from more than fifty countries on four continents. He is also the co-author of Bitter Fruit: He lives in Chicago. Would you like to tell us about a lower price? If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support? 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.

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Please try again later. Kindle Edition Verified Purchase. In a great introduction the author formulates the argument that the US foreign policy, developed and well established over a hundred years, the pattern of “regime change”. The oveethrow of the book, in other words the US policy of “regime change” in three acts: In Iran, Guatemala, South Vietnam, and Chile, diplomats and intelligence agents replaced generals as the instruments of American intervention.

Coups had also become unnecessary. That left it free to return to its habit of landing troops on kjnzer shores.

Both of the small countries Americans invaded in the s, Grenada and Panama, are in what the United States has traditionally considered its sphere of influence, and both were already in turmoil kinzsr American troops landed.

The two invasions that came later, in Afghanistan and Iraq, were far larger in scale and historical importance.

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The author quite meticulously describes the different cases of “regime change”. Each chapter ends with a summary with a description of the fate of countries; victims of the policy of “regime change”.

The book is very informational. Most Americans are outraged by Russian interference in our election. On the other hand, the USA has a long history of not showing the same kind of respect for the self-determination of other nations that we expect for ourselves.

The first instance came in when the American ambassador in Hawaii conspired with American planters to overthrow the native government of Queen Liliuokalani. It took years for the Iknzer. Hawaii is the 50th state. If Puerto Rico ever becomes the 51st, perhaps then another apology will be forthcoming. Following Hawaii, the second overthrow came at the end of the Spanish-American War, when the McKinley administration decided to take control of several Spanish colonies, instead of liberating them to govern themselves.

Before Congress agreed to declare war on Spain, the Teller Amendment had to be added to gain sufficient support. The United States hereby overthrrow any disposition or intention to exercise sovereignty, overrthrow, or control over said island. Under this Amendment, which was adopted ovetthrow only Republican votes, the USA agreed to end its occupation of Cuba as soon as Cubans accepted a constitution giving the U.

Similar domination happened to Nicaragua and Honduras, initially to protect the monopolies of a handful of American banana corporations. This interference ovegthrow to generations of dictators, conflict and death.

The greatest tragedy happened to the Philippines. The Filipino guerilla leader, Emilio Aguinaldo, understood that his people were promised their independence by Admiral Dewey, who later swore he made no such commitment. Meanwhile, the rebels had elected an assembly, produced a constitution, and kinxer the independent Republic of the Philippines inwith Aguinaldo as president.


The new government was determined to defend its independence. McKinley had other plans. The war to suppress Philippine independence lasted three years and led to tens of thousands of deaths. Recent estimates put the total atFilipinos were denied their independence until The first CIA overthrow of a foreign government was in Iran in The second came the following year in Guatamala.

The long-term effects were tragic. A friend of America, Diem was murdered and the war was lost anyway.

Chile was the next target. The CIA had interfered in elections there since to prevent a socialist from winning. Other targets were the governments in Grenada inPanama inand Iraq in Kinzer compares George W. Bush to William McKinley: American officials frequently assert the right to intervene militarily or otherwise whenever and where ever it is deemed in the American interest to do so, even to protect the interest of American corporations.

Audio CD Verified Purchase. More than you want to know about American history. Since the ‘s and earlier we’ve invaded every little country that we thought looked at us funny in the Caribbean, Central and South America, Oceania, Asia, the Middle East, and probably Africa, but I haven’t got that far.

Usually on the pretext that the poor benighted heathens that live there need to become Christians even if they already were or weren’t white enough to govern themselves and grant special privileges to American businesses.

A little tedious because of the detail, but also because of the “banality of evil”. President Eisenhower’s reputation must be teflon-coated, as he OKed CIA revolutions and assasinations in Iran, Honduras, Cuba, Vietnam and more, most of which caused blowback that haunts us to this day.

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