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Author: William Blum
Publisher: Zed Books
ISBN/UPC (if available): 1842773690
William Blum, author of the bestselling Rogue State, now gives us a powerful new account of America’s actions in the world, from China in the 1940s to the invasion of Iraq in 2003. Is the United States a force for democracy? Here is the most comprehensive answer to date.
Far and away the best book on the topic.
A valuable reference for anyone interested in the conduct of US foreign policy.
-Choice, American Library association
I enjoyed it immensely.
The single most useful summary of CIA history.
-John Stockwell, former CIA officer and author
Each chapter I read makes me more and more angry.
Very useful, daunting in scope, important.
-Thomas Powers, author and Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist
I am impressed. It is a valuable contribution.
-Ramsey Clark, former Attorney-General of the United States
A marvelous job of bringing together a lot of loose ends from many sources.
-Philip Agee, former CIA officer and author
I bought several more copies to circulate to friends with the hope of shedding new light and understanding on their political outlooks.
-Oliver Stone, film director
China 1945 to 1960s: Was Mao Tse-tung just paranoid?
Italy 1947-1948: Free elections, Hollywood style
Greece 1947 to early 1950s: From cradle of democracy to client state
The Philippines 1940s and 1950s: America’s oldest colony
Korea 1945-1953: Was it all that it appeared to be?
Albania 1949-1953: The proper English spy
Eastern Europe 1948-1956: Operation splinter Factor
Germany 1950s: Everything form juvenile delinquency to terrorism
Iran 1953: Making it safe for the King of Kings
Guatemala 1953-1954:while the world watched
Costa Rica mid-1950s: Trying to topple an ally, part I
Syria 1956-1957: Purchasing a new government
The Middle East 1957-1958:
The Eisenhower doctrine claims another backyard for America
Indonesia 1957-1958: War and pornography
Western Europe 1950s and 1960s: Fronts within fronts within fronts
British Guiana 1953-1964: The CIA’s international labor mafia
Soviet Union late 1940s to 1960s: From spy planes to book publishing
Italy 1950s to 1970s: Supporting the Cardinal’s orphans and techno-fascism
Vietnam 1950-1973: the Hearts and Minds Circus
Cambodia 1955-1973: Prince Sihanouk walks the high-wire of neutralism
Laos 1957-1973: L’Armee Clandestine
Haiti 1959-1963: The Marines land, again
Guatemala 1960: One good coup deserves another
France/Algeria 1960s: L’etat, c’est la CIA
Ecuador 1960-1963: A textbook of dirty tricks
The Congo 1960-1964: The assassination of Patrice Lumumba
Brazil 1961-1964: Introducing the marvelous new world of death squads
Peru 1960-1965: Fort Bragg moves to the jungle
Dominican Republic 1960-1966: Saving democracy from communism by getting rid of democracy
Cuba 1959 to 1980: The unforgivable revolution
Indonesia 1965: Liquidating President Sukarno…and 5,00,000 others East Timor 1975: and 200,000 more
Ghana 1966: Kwame Nkrumah steps out of line
Uruguay 1964-1970: Torture-as American as apple pie
Chile 1964-1973: A hammer and sickle stamped on you child’s forehead
Greece 1964-1974: Fuck your Parliament and your Constitution, said the President of the United States
Bolivia 1964-1975: Tracking down Che Guevara in the land of coup d’etat
Guatemala 1962 to 1980s: a less publicized Final solution
Costa Rica 1970-1971: Trying to topple an ally, part II
Iraq 1972-1975: Covert action should not be confused with missionary work
Australia 1973-1975: Another fee elections bites the dust
Angola 1975 to 1980s: The Great Powers Poker Game
Zaire 1975-1978: Mobutu and the CIA, a marriage made in heaven
Jamaica 1976-1980: Kissinger’s ultimatum
Seychelles 1979-1981: Lying-one of the few growth industries in Washington
Morocco 1983: A video nasty
Suriname 1982-1984: Once again, the Cuban Bogeyman
Libya 1981-1989: Ronald Reagan meets his match
Nicaragua 1978-1990: Destabilization in slow motion
Panama 1969-1991: Double-crossing our drug supplier
Bulgaria 1990/Albania 1991: Teaching Communists what democracy is all about
Iraq 1990-1991: Desert holocaust
Afghanistan 1979-1992: America’s Jihad
El Salvador 1980-1994: Human rights, Washington style
Haiti 1986-1994: Who will rid me of this turbulent priest?
The American Empire: 1992 to present
APPENDIX I: THIS IS HOW THE MONEY GOES ROUND
APPENDIX II: INSTANCES OF USE OF UNITED STATES ARMED FORCES ABROAD, 1798-1945
APPENDIX III: U S GOVERNMENT ASSASSINATION PLOTS
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