The new constitution, which attempted to create the legal structure for capitalist democracy was passed. In a sharp piece of economic judo the plantation owners were compensated for the value of the land they had declared for tax purposes, almost always far below its actual value.
The book also gives the reader a good amount of detail about some of the big players that helped get the United States their desired result. It could have perhaps been classified as a non-fiction mystery novel.
The world was divided into good and evil, for us or against us. For that reason, it will remain on many college syllabi. This is an important book but its tight focus on United Fruit obscures the greater truth of entire nations that were ancillary casualties of the Cold War.
By Stephen Schlesinger and Stephen Kinzer. Schlesinger and Kinzer communicated that social progress prior to the coup was slow, however there was at least progress. Afterword by Piero Gleijeses. Stanford University Press, Harvard University Press, After the coup the only thing that seemed to happen to Guatemala was constant internal fighting and backwards steps in social reform.
It is certainly worth noting that the long-term implications for Guatemala never seemed to cross the mind of those who decided to pull off the coup, and the United States did a number of illegal things to pull it off.
Foreword by Richard A.
Introduction by John Coatsworth. Guatemala had a tiny urban working class and a mass of illiterate, landless peasants ruled by an oligarchy of plantation owners—clearly not a base for a revolution. What is most disturbing about the information contained in Bitter Fruit is the hidden motivation of the U.
The civil war in the country only ended inand the country is still largely suffering from the meddling of the United States through today. The expanse of time covered in the book was a little much at times but without it, the readers might have been left with an incomplete picture.
You are not currently authenticated. He was succeeded in by Jacobo Arbenz Guzman whose land reform plans struck at the very heart of the political and financial power of the elites.
Ultimately, it was an unholy alliance of sorts between the government United Statesbig business United Fruitand the implicit lack of journalism on the part of the media that let these events go unquestioned on American soil.
American ambassador John Peuifoy was indispensable in Guatemala City keeping Arbenz loyalists off balance while making sure the coup plotters knew they had the support of the United States. The book then takes the next few chapters to explain how things got to such a point. The amount of people that played a variety of roles from those manipulating the public through the press to CIA directors, corporation presidents and Guatemalan exiles was unbelievable.
Many of the key individuals in the book became villains, heroes and heroines.
There are certainly a number of colorful characters on both the United States and Guatemala side of things that eventually brought these events to a head. Juan Jose Arevalo, a philosophy professor returned from exile to great acclaim and was elected president in Over and over it told the tale of men like Edward Bernays, who found countless ways to manipulate the American public.
However there was much more involved that the lobbying of United Fruit. Bitter Fruit remains a beautifully written, fast-paced narrative with colorful personality profiles and dramatic scenes. The book gives a great amount of detail to the ramping up of the invasion, the coup itself, and the aftermath.
Occasionally I found myself bogged down in the details of this story, which were overwhelming at times. It saddens me to think of the role that U. This book should serve as a lesson to those that think that American might alone can pull off shaping the world as they wish. The Story of an American Coup in Guatemala.
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From the New York Times - Though the events in Bitter Firt happened almost 28 years ago/5(58). With enthusiasm, indignation, and much colorful detail, the authors delve into the CIA's responsibility for the overthrow of President Arbenz of Guatemala in Much stress is placed upon the role of the United Fruit Company and of exogenous influences in general.
The depiction of Arbenz will strike some as sympathetic to the point of naiveté. Bitter Fruit: The Story of an American Coup in Guatemala. By Stephen Schlesinger and Stephen Kinzer. Introduction by John Coatsworth. Foreword by Richard A. Nuccio. The David Rockefeller Center Series on Latin American Studies.
Stephen Schlesinger and Stephen Kinzer's Bitter Fruit: The Untold Story of the American Coup in Guatemala, gave professors a less analytical but more engaging narrative that appealed to students. Both books, based on the first declassified documents of the government's operations, criticized the United States for launching a covert operation.
Bitter Fruit is a comprehensive and insightful account of the CIA operation to overthrow the democratically elected government of Jacobo Arbenz of Guatemala in This book has become a classic, a textbook case of the relationship between the.
Bitter Fruit by Stephen Schlesinger and Stephen Kinzer Book Review and Critical Analysis The year is Government agencies resurrect secret plans previously discarded until a more forceful administration comes to power.Download