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Stephen C. Schlesinger is Director of the World Policy Institute at the New School University in New York City.

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Journals: 1952-2000 (2007) — Redaktør — 377 eksemplarer
The Letters of Arthur Schlesinger, Jr. (2013) — Redaktør — 34 eksemplarer

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Not the kind of history I would typically read, but nonetheless it was very interesting. It’s fascinating that the United States had its own version of the East India Company known as UFCO. The authors are clearly fans of Arbenz and underplay the socialist tendencies that worried the United States so much. The book clearly shows just how terrible US intervention is and how it led to the problems that exist today in Guatemala and the West.
 
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Russell098 | 3 andre anmeldelser | Mar 28, 2023 |
I'm not sure how much I agree or disagree, because this is basically the only book I have read about the topic.
It is one of the few books I could find that dealt with Guatemalan history exclusively. I need to reread it now that I got the basics down, and maybe I'll get more of their particular point of view.

Their main thesis, as I remember it (because I write this 6 years after having read the book) is that the intervention in Guatemala in '55 was more due to the Arbenz government being a threat to the personal interests of some relevant officials than about a genuine threat to the US as a whole.

According to Kinzer and Schlesinger, the threat of a communist takeover of Guatemala was used to sell the intervention as vital to the American public interest, and the documented (also accepted by the authors) connections of Arbenz to leftist groups are explained away as simple alliance making in a government that had a strong opposition.

The main point that was unclear to me is how important the UFCO really was to US government officials, which seems to be the core of the argument of the book.

I cannot go into much more detail because I lack it, I read this book a long time ago.
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orm_tmr | 3 andre anmeldelser | Mar 16, 2022 |
The history of the United States’ involvement in Central American politics is not a happy one, as anyone with a passing knowledge of the area will tell you. This record of the CIA operation to overthrow the democratically-elected government of Jabobo Arbenz in 1954 is an incredibly well-told account of what is, sadly, just another tawdry chapter in the story of US abuses in this part of the world.

Schlesinger’s particular brilliance is to make the history seem, not bigger, but smaller. The key protagonists don’t feel like they’re just actors of some impersonal “grand history”, but real people who made stupid real-people mistakes, and did horrible real-people things.

In 2017, Guatemala has an ex-comedian as a President who previously posed in blackface and keeps provoking neighbouring Belize with a decades-old territorial dispute. But, good to be reminded that things have been worse.
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sometimeunderwater | 1 anden anmeldelse | Feb 19, 2018 |
I'm too pissed to write a review. And if I did, I would probably get hate mail from American apologists and "patriots" who continually claim the U.S. is THE greatest nation on earth because we only act morally.
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