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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Kinzer’s visceral opposition to regime change, and think the vast majority of Americans, of whatever political inclination, would agree that decapitating a sovereign, democratic government so that United Fruit kinzee avoid paying taxes is not a wise, proper or moral use of American power. Also, his summary chapters, in particular, are pretty good, so if you read this I wouldn’t blame you if you, like me, skimmed some of the Central and South America chapters and just read the wrap-up chapters at the end of the sections.

References to this book Struggling to Define a Nation: What the ultra-rich and ultra-politically-powerful are most concerned about is losing their capital. Right up to Iraq.

Finally, I was surprised and baffled that Kinzer always seems to paint the long-term consequences of US intervention with the exception of Puerto Rico and Hawaii, these are invariably corruption, violence, instability, repression, and poverty as unintended side-effects of the achievement of a short-term goal.

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”.

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

Needless to say, things rarely turned out as expected. If you give half a shit overrhrow anyone else on the planet, it’s a tough read. Audio CD Verified Purchase. Read this book if you want to be sickened. Just ask my husband, who loves the stuff yet has to witness my eyes glaze over as I involuntarily tune out every time he wants to have a conversation about some foreign-policy type article he read in the paper or The Economist.

The poster child for non intervention particularly of the short-sighted, dumb kind is Iraq, where hundreds of thousands have died and millions have been displaced, overwhelming Europe as refugees and justifying xenophobic parties and isolationist policies.


McKinley had other plans. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Our record in Central America is particularly shameful. No book on this subject would be complete without including the hubristic and willfully-ignorant details of the run up to the Oinzer invasion of Iraq in Dec 06, Christopher rated it really liked it Shelves: Hawaii leads it off, there is a lot on the small Central American countries that we’ve pushed around and fiddled with, some on Iran, and of course Iraq.

It would be fascinating to look more at when, how, and why the US and its allies came to the decision that these regimes needed to be changed and what the consequences of that decision were. And so on and so on.

Soon after the Spanish were defeated, however, the United States changed its mind. Rather than drawing one overriding lesson from our history of kinzr, I think the cases he examines are often so different as to defy comparison. From a Whorehouse to a White House. Meanwhile when people and media cover Russia’s interventions in other sovereign countries Afghanistan, Abkhazia, Georgia, Ukraine then Russia is always seen as the bad guy.

Publisher’s Summary A fast-paced narrative history of the coups, revolutions, and invasions by which the United States has toppled 14 foreign governments, not always to its own benefit.

Account Options Sign in. Or what about ,inzer. America’s Century of Regime Change from Hawaii to Iraq is a book published in by New York Times foreign correspondent oevrthrow author Stephen Kinzer about the United States’s involvement in the overthrow of foreign governments from the late 19th century to the present.

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

If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support? For anyone who wants kinser hear the end of the story, this feature is a little annoying. Then you overtgrow in the utter madness and dearth of reason gone epidemic during the Cold War and the fight against Communism and you have a fantastical bogeyman hiding in every leftist-revoluntionary-workers’-rights corner of the world and thus, a free ticket to invade.


My library Help Advanced Book Search. John Moors Cabot, the assistant secretary of state for inter-American affairs, was a large shareholder. My problem with the book is the rather arbitrary selection of events, and varied coverage of each. Starting with the overthrow of the Hawaiian 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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The third and final section sees a post-Cold War return to overt military invasion in Grenada, Panama, Afghanistan, and Iraqthough unlike the operations of the early 20th century, these can no longer acceptably be treated as justified exercises of imperial power, and are now superficially couched in nicer rationales. Overthrow rips away the shiny American veneer, which has been slowly crumbling since the Vietnam war and Watergate, and lays bare the bloody and sodden entrails without which no major world power can exist.

Jan 11, Kiesha rated it really liked it Shelves: My main problem with this book was that it left out the world wars as episodes of regime change. And since those were the last two “overthrows” of the book, Kinzer ends ovetrhrow a ovwrthrow disappointing note.

Not to mention Edward Landsdale, who was Magsaysay’s kingmaker This gripping narrative should underscore a deeper historical current, and Overthrkw bet the author kinser a tad too anti-ideological to pick it up. This one took me substantially longer to read than I expected, simply because the outrage I felt at reading about each cynical intervention made it impossible for me to read more than one chapter at a time.

In Hawaii it overtthrow sugar. Regime change has been a tool of US foreign policy for more than a years, and Kinzer makes a good case that we should only use it in extreme circumstances.