Shattered Hope: The Guatemalan Revolution and the United States, 1944-1954

Shattered Hope The Guatemalan Revolution and the United States The most thorough account yet available of a revolution that saw the first true agrarian reform in Central America this book is also a penetrating analysis of the tragic destruction of that revolutio

  • Title: Shattered Hope: The Guatemalan Revolution and the United States, 1944-1954
  • Author: Piero Gleijeses
  • ISBN: 9780691025568
  • Page: 245
  • Format: Paperback
  • The most thorough account yet available of a revolution that saw the first true agrarian reform in Central America, this book is also a penetrating analysis of the tragic destruction of that revolution In no other Central American country was U.S intervention so decisive and so ruinous, charges Piero Gleijeses Yet he shows that the intervention can be blamed on no singlThe most thorough account yet available of a revolution that saw the first true agrarian reform in Central America, this book is also a penetrating analysis of the tragic destruction of that revolution In no other Central American country was U.S intervention so decisive and so ruinous, charges Piero Gleijeses Yet he shows that the intervention can be blamed on no single convenient villain Extensively researched and written with conviction and passion, this study analyzes the history and downfall of what seems in retrospect to have been Guatemala s best government, the short lived regime of Jacobo Arbenz, overthrown in 1954, by a CIA orchestrated coup Foreign Affairs Piero Gleijeses offers a historical road map that may serve as a guide for future generations Readers will come away with an understanding of the foundation of a great historical tragedy Saul Landau, The Progressive Gleijeses s academic rigor does not prevent him from creating an accessible, lucid, almost journalistic account of an episode whose tragic consequences still reverberate Paul Kantz, Commonweal

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  • A banana republic tries to gain some autonomy and actually starts to do some wonderful things for the rural Maya, a group every reform seems to miss and eventually ends up paying for others mistakes or indifference. And, as soon as these things start to happen, the United States under the guise of getting rid of this communist beachhead in the Western hemisphere plots and overthrows the president Arbenz. Really the US just gets along better with dictators because they do what is expected of a La [...]


  • Fairly detailed account of the decade immediately following WW2 during which Guatemala moved towards agrarian reform that smelled too strongly of communism for the US government and dictators in the region leading to the ouster, with considerable US aid (aka Dulles brothers & CIA) of "the best government Guatemala ever had" and a return to serfdom for the natives and good times for those in power, including the military. Sad reading as things are still not much better, and possibly worse 60 [...]


  • Great use of historical documents to make the case of Eisenhower's decision to overthrow Arbenz was due to fear of communism spreading to the Western hemipshere more than the desire of United Fruit Company of Boston Mass.



  • A "red" or "pink" interpretation of the fall of the Guatemalan government of Jacobo Arbenz Guzmán. It reads like a survey but it's nonetheless a strong monograph.



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