Teachers in search of enlightening summer reading might want to add this book to their list. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby. One of President George W. This is where on March 19, , President Bush rehearsed his speech announcing that the United States was about to begin an invasion of Iraq. Bush's decision to invade Iraq was no break with history but a faithful reflection of the same forces and beliefs that had motivated McKinley and most of the presidents who would later sit in his shadow beneath Chartran's historic painting.
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Teachers in search of enlightening summer reading might want to add this book to their list. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby. One of President George W. This is where on March 19, , President Bush rehearsed his speech announcing that the United States was about to begin an invasion of Iraq.
Bush's decision to invade Iraq was no break with history but a faithful reflection of the same forces and beliefs that had motivated McKinley and most of the presidents who would later sit in his shadow beneath Chartran's historic painting. In little more than a century the U. Kinzer says his book brings all these together "to find what they have in common First, why did the United States carry out the operations?
Second, what have been their long-term consequences? Kinzer argues that these words masked the economic reasons for the U. Sometimes the U.
Kinzer writes that the U. Secretary of State at the time, John Foster Dulles, "had two lifelong obsessions, fighting communism and protecting the rights of multinational corporations. Forestalling that potential event required a CIA operation to remove him, Dulles argued. That Mossadegh "rigorously excluded Communists from his government" made no difference to Dulles.
What made a difference was Mossadegh's leadership in ending British control of Iran's oil by nationalizing the industry with compensation to Britain to make Iranian development possible. The successful CIA operation resulted in the jailing of Mossadegh. The U. Under the shah's rule, U. The long-term consequences of the U. Iranians resented the shah's 26 years of autocratic rule and his brutal secret police.
In , they mounted a revolution that resulted in Islamic clerical rule under the Ayatollah Khomeini. Since then, Iran's leaders have been hostile to the U. The regime is currently pursuing a controversial nuclear program and is considered by Bush to be part of an "axis of evil. The emergence of an Islamic Iran also led to growing Soviet concern over the potential for Muslim dissidence in its southern republics and contributed to the Soviets' decision to invade bordering Afghanistan in Then there is the case of Guatemala in After the democratic election of Jacobo Arbenz, a social reformer, as president of Guatemala, Secretary Dulles determined to overthrow him as well.
Arbenz had tried to combat Guatemalan poverty through a land reform program that threatened United Fruit's immense holdings in the country.
But Dulles was less concerned about land reform than about his "deep conviction" untainted by any evidence that Arbenz was a tool of Soviet interests.
Dulles' brother Allen, the CIA chief, used CIA pilots in bombing and strafing missions and hired Guatemalan army officers and fighters for land operations. When President Arbenz was forced into exile, the U. After a guerrilla movement against the government developed, the Guatemalan army, supplied with hundreds of millions of dollars in U.
Again and again, the pattern continues: American leaders perceive a threat to U. They present the issue to the American public with verbiage about the "threat" mixed with lofty appeals about freedom, liberation, humanitarianism and peace. Sooner or later, the U.
President McKinley informed Methodist missionaries that the U. He didn't mention the U. Similarly, President Bush has informed Americans that the U. And as Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld reiterated, it had "literally nothing to do with oil. In the Philippines from , the U.
It resulted in the deaths of 4, U. Afterwards, writes Kinzer, "Washington's fear of radicalism led it to support a succession of oligarchies that was more interested in stealing money than in developing the country.
So far the Iraq War has resulted in the deaths of some 2, American soldiers and tens of thousands of Iraqis, many of them civilians. There have been American atrocities at Abu Ghraib and elsewhere. Sixteen months after the Iraq invasion in a venture into self-criticism, President Bush declared, "Had we to do it over again, we would look at the consequences of catastrophic success.
Will Americans awaken from their dream of America as a nation of benevolence that sponsors only virtuous interventions to promote freedom and democracy? Or from the belief that everyone wants to embrace American culture? Teachers of American History, American Studies, and Problems in American Democracy who really want to understand why they hate us—and help their students understand it—would do better to read Kinzer.
Kinzer's book may also help us overcome the political, social, and cultural ignorance that led Americans to support leaders who robbed Cuba of its freedom, created decades of misery in Nicaragua and Honduras, led the U. This book review was written for TeachableMoment. We welcome your comments. Please email them to: lmcclure morningsidecenter. Alan Shapiro. Reviews Books. Overthrow: America's Century of Regime Change from Hawaii to Iraq By Stephen Kinzer Henry Holt and Company pages "They were careless people, Tom and Daisy—they smashed up things and creatures and then retreated back into their money or their vast carelessness, or whatever it was that kept them together, and let other people clean up the mess they had made Share this Page.
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Overthrow: America's Century of Regime Change from Hawaii to Iraq
In the fall of , US ally and Vietnamese President Ngo Dinh Diem indicated he might negotiate with the communist insurgents in his country. President John F. Kennedy gathered senior foreign policy advisors for a final meeting to consider overthrowing Diem. Anxious about growing chaos in Vietnam, the advisors expressed doubts, and Kennedy never announced a clear decision. Three days later, Diem was murdered. The events typically warrant a page or less in average American history textbooks, but by exploring motives and settings, Kinzer turns each into an engaging short story. All but one of these tales have tragic endings.
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. Bush, but has been an integral part of U. Starting with the 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 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.
A Century of Intervention, Regarded With a Cold Eye
Overthrow: America's Century of Regime Change from Hawaii to Iraq is a book published in by New York Times foreign correspondent and author Stephen Kinzer about the United States's involvement in the overthrow of foreign governments from the late 19th century to the present. According to Kinzer, the first such instance was the overthrow of the Kingdom of Hawaii in , and continuing to America-led invasion of Iraq in His examples include mini-histories of the U. Some examples used in the book refer to American support for local rebels against the existing national governments that led to a change in power.