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The recent ouster of Saddam Hussein may have turned "regime change" into a contemporary buzzword, but it's been a tactic of American foreign policy for more than 110 years. Beginning with the ouster of Hawaii's monarchy in 1893, Kinzer runs through the foreign governments the U.S. has had a hand in toppling, some of which he has written about at length before (in All the Shah's Men, etc.). Recent invasions of countries such as Grenada and Panama may be more familiar to readers than earlier interventions in Iran and Nicaragua, but Kinzer, a foreign correspondent for the New York Times, brings a rich narrative immediacy to all of his stories. Although some of his assertions overreach themselves—as when he proposes that better conduct by the American government in the Spanish-American War might have prevented the rise of Castro a half-century later—he makes a persuasive case that U.S. intervention destabilizes world politics and often leaves countries worse off than they were before. Kinzer's argument isn't new, but it's delivered in unusually moderate tones, which may earn him an audience larger than the usual crew of die-hard leftists. (Apr.)
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Former New York Times correspondent Stephen Kinzer has produced a book on foreign policy that can sit comfortably beside "edgy fiction, juicy memoirs or newsy exposes" (San Francisco Chronicle). His wide range of inquiry opens him up for some nitpicking: too much focus on American policy without considering the corresponding foreign policy; a tendency towards caricature; and entries on Iraq and Afghanistan that yield little new insight. But if reviewers feel that Kinzer's thesis isn't blindingly originalhe has covered some of this material in his previous books All the Shah's Men and Bitter Fruitthey concur that his amalgamation of the materials is unparalleled and, more important, a thrill to read.<BR>Copyright © 2004 Phillips & Nelson Media, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Editorial Reviews
Best History of US takeover of Hawaii in 1893. Bought it for that chapter alone. *****Published 9 days ago by Wallace Close
The book was well written and interesting. His information is somewhat disconcerting so to the doings of our government. Read morePublished 19 days ago by Robert W. De Vries
Would recommend it to any serious American one who believes we have not only a mission of democracy but also an obligation of integrity.Published 1 month ago by Vbalop
This book is a mix of "opinion" and suppression of facts or a well-rounded history.
Yes, abuse of power does take place and always will in any country or party but... Read more
The drawback is that this book doesn't go very in depth into each operation, but that's to be expected. A great way to introduce yourself to the topic.Published 1 month ago by Peter Gorman