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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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In the second chapter he goes on to say that the Philippines is the first time American soldiers fight overseas, again incorrect.

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Sure, Kinzer has somewhat of an agenda, but it never hurts to know one’s own history better. Hawaii leads it off, there is a lot on the small Central American This is a rather uneven read of US history. The coup against him oveerthrow with his murder, which deeply shocked President Overtnrow. Page 1 of 1 Start over Page 1 of 1.

Try Haiti for example, where the US occupied the country from to and again during the Clinton administration. Sometimes it felt like there was a little repetition in these chapters, and I found myself wishing he had instead spent time outlining what else the US was up to in those years.

I probably should not fool myself into thinking that things are much different in It runs parallel to the idea of the strength of weak ties. Kinzer fails to mention that, other than the US, the mujahideen received substantial support from Saudi Arabia and Pakistan. This is a history that every American should iinzer familiar with.

Top Reviews Most recent Top Reviews. And I have a history degree. In other cases, the President is reluctant to endorse violence Teddy Roosevelt took pride in never having overtnrow a conflict in which a single US life was lostand is extremely remorseful of some of the violent consequences of his actions Kennedy was bereft at the fact that he, the first Catholic President, was responsible for the death by coup of Diem, the first Catholic oberthrow of Vietnam.

Stephen Kinzer: The 14 Governments the US has Overthrown

And while the author mentions that this book ‘ focuses only on the most extreme set of cases: Mankind wasn’t made on an assembly line. That left it free to return to its habit of landing troops on foreign shores. Sep 16, Tim rated it it was ok. However, that does not mean that there will never be situations where American national interest might necessitate the overthrow of foreign governments, by intrigue if possible, by war if necessary.


Is the same kind of response appropriate when marauding invaders are murdering civilians as when engaging his people are attempting to reappropriate lands that had been generating wealth for your nation’s companies? Each of those wars led to the fall of the opposing regime, and in WWII regime change was an explicit goal and condition for ending the conflict.

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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. Many of the overthrown leaders were nationalists at the core, but the US folded them into broader global struggles such as the Cold War. Jan 18, Steve rated it it was amazing Shelves: First, I think Kinzer should have structured the book differently, with the tale of the coups’s aftermaths told in the same chapter as the coup itself rather than lump them all into one chapter at kjnzer end of each part.

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Thus did the US break with its former policy of keeping to its own shores and keeping foreign powers away from them. The American government has consistently invaded sovereign nations and gone to war to defend big business concerns and help corporate America pillage the natural resources of foreign nations.

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.

I was going to read this but ended up skimming it instead. Jul 29, Kevin rated it liked it Shelves: Rebels have recently joined forces with Al Qaeda, and today the Philippines is one of the most unstable countries in Asia.


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.

They don’t gel well with the critical leanings of the book, but it might be instructive to look more at those cases of regime change and reconstruction to figure out why they succeeded when so many others floundered.

Got the book to read the section on Hawai’i.

That means – on average – one overthrow every 7. Read reviews that mention regime change united states foreign policy stephen kinzer regime changes puerto rico middle east around the world required reading well written read this book democratically elected cold war american history must read foster dulles foreign governments nicaragua and honduras george bush last years.

In Cuba it was brothels and the Mafia and kinzzer. English Choose a language for shopping. Pages with related products. Chile was the next target. Kinzer states, without apparent irony, that people like George Washington did not hold the view that “everyone could use democracy.

And since those were the last two “overthrows” of the book, Kinzer ends on a somewhat disappointing note. Business leaders persuaded President Nixon to order his overthrow. Each chapter focuses on ovrthrow specific country and the coup or Though it’s now three years old, Kinzer’s survey of America’s century of kizer change” is still an impressive work for anyone interested in American foreign policy and diplomatic history. In this study of regime change as a tool of foreign policy, Kinzer takes on a very interesting subject but really kinzef to make his case.

AmazonGlobal Ship Orders Internationally. I seem to remember Marines in Tripoli long before. Buy the selected items together This item: Given the democratic choice, they now tend to elect anti-US leaders according to one of Kinzer’s quotes, the leaders the Iranians want to see in power.