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Killing Hope : US Military and CIA Interventions Since World War II

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Is the United States a force for democracy? From China in the 1940s to Guatemala today, William Blum presents a comprehensive study of American covert and overt interference, by one means or another, in the internal affairs of other countries. Each chapter of the book covers a year in which the author takes one particular country case and tells the story - and each case throws light on particular US tactics of intervention.show more

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  • Paperback | 472 pages
  • 156 x 234 x 156mm | 649g
  • ZED BOOKS LTD
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 2 Rev ed.
  • notes, bibliography, index
  • 1842773690
  • 9781842773697
  • 481,412

About William Blum

William Blum is one of the United States' leading non-mainstream experts on American foreign policy. He left the State Department in 1967, abandoning his aspiration of becoming a Foreign Service Officer because of his opposition to what the US was doing in Vietnam. He then became a founder and editor of the Washington Free Press, the first 'alternative' newspaper in the capital. Blum has been a freelance journalist in the US, Europe and South America. He currently sends out a free monthly newsletter, The Anti-Empire Report. To be put on Blum's mailing list, send him an email. Previous issues of the report can be read on his website. email bblum6@aol.com website williamblum.org Other books by William Blum Killing Hope: US Military and CIA Interventions since World War II Rogue State: A Guide to the World's Only Superpower Freeing the World to Death: Essays on the American Empire West-Bloc Dissident: A Cold War Memoirshow more

Table of contents

* Author's note Introduction to the new edition * Introduction to the original edition * 1. China 1945 to 1960s: Was Mao Tse-Tung just paranoid? * 2. Italy 1947-1948: Free elections, Hollywood style * 3. Greece 1947 to early 1950s: From cradle of democracy to client state * 4. The Philippines 1940s and 1950s: America's oldest colony * 5. Korea 1945-1953: Was it all that it appeared to be? * 6. Albania 1949-1953: The proper English spy * 7. Eastern Europe 1948-1956: Operation Splinter Factor * 8. Germany 1950s: Everything from juvenile delinquency to terrorism * 9. Iran 1953: Making it safe for the King of Kings * 10. Guatemala 1953-1954: While the world watched * 11. Costa Rica mid-1950s: Trying to topple an ally, Part one * 12. Syria 1956-1957: Purchasing a new government * 13. The Middle East 1957-1958: The Eisenhower Doctrine claims another backyard for America * 14. Indonesia 1957-1958:War and pornography * 15. Western Europe 1950s and 1960s: Fronts within fronts within fronts * 16. British Guiana 1953-1964: The CIA's international labour Mafia * 17. Soviet Union late 1940s to 1960s: From spy planes to book publishing 18. Italy 1950s to 1970s: Supporting the Cardinal's orphans and techno-fascism * 19. Vietnam 1950-1973: The Hearts and Minds Circus * 20. Cambodia 1955-1973: Prince Sihanouk walks the high-wire of neutralism * 21. Laos 1957-1973: L'Armee Clandestine * 22. Haiti 1959-1963: The marines land, again * 23. Guatemala 1960: One good coup deserves another * 24. France/Algeria 1960s: L'etat, c'est la CIA * 25. Ecuador 1960-1963: A textbook of dirty tricks * 26. The Congo 1960-1964: The Assassination of Patrice Lumumba * 27. Brazil 1961-1964: Introducing the marvellous new world of death squads * 28. Peru 1960-1965: Fort Bragg moves to the jungle * 29. Dominican Republic 1960-1966: Saving democracy from communism by getting rid of democracy * 30. Cuba 1959-1980s: The unforgivable revolution * 31. Indonesia 1965: Liquidating President Sukarno...and 500,000 others. East Timor 1975: and 200,000 more * 32. Ghana 1966: Kwame Nkrumah steps out of line * 33. Uruguay 1964-1970: Torture - as American as apple pie * 34. Chile 1964-1973: A hammer and sickle stamped on your child's forehead 35. Greece 1964-1974: 'Fuck your Parliament and your Constitution,' said the President of the United States * 36. Bolivia 1964-1975: Tracking down Che Guevara in the land of coup d'etat * 37. Guatemala 1962 to 1980s: A less publicised 'final solution' * 38. Costa Rica 1970-1971: Trying to topple an ally, Part two * 39. Iraq 1972-1975: Covert action should not be confused with missionary work * 40. Australia 1973-1975: Another free election bites the dust * 41. Angola 1975 to 1980s: The Great Powers Poker Game * 42. Zaire 1975-1978: Mobutu and the CIA, a marriage made in heaven * 43. Jamaica 1976-1980: Kissinger's ultimatum * 44. Seychelles 1979-1981: Yet another area of great strategic importance 45. Grenada 1979-1984: Lying - one of the few growth industries in Washington * 46. Morocco 1983: A video nasty * 47. Suriname 1982-1984: Once again, the Cuban bogeyman * 48. Libya 1981-1989: Ronald Reagan meets his match * 49. Nicaragua 1981-1990: Destabilisation in slow motion * 50. Panama 1969-1991: Double-crossing our drug supplier * 51. Bulgaria 1990: Teaching Communists what democracy is all about * 52. Iraq 1990-1991: Desert holocaust * 53. Afghanistan 1979-1992: America's Jihad * 54. El Salvador 1980-1994: Human rights, Washington style * 55. Haiti 1986-1994: Who will rid me of this man? * 56. The American Empire: 1992 to the present. Notes * Appendix I: This is how money goes round * Appendix II: Instances of use of United States Armed Forces abroad, 1798-1945 * Appendix III: US Government assassination plotsshow more

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'Far and away the best book on the topic.' - Noam Chomsky 'A valuable reference for anyone interested in the conduct of US foreign policy.' - Choice 'I enjoyed it immensely.' - Gore Vidal '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.' - Helen Caldicott 'A very useful piece of work, daunting in scope, important.' - Thomas Powers, author and Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist 'A very valuable book. The research and organization are extremely impressive.' - A.J. Langguth, author and former 'New York Times' bureau chiefshow more

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