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Bitter Fruit: The Story of the American Coup in Guatemala by Stephen Schlesinger, Stephen Kinzer

By Stephen Schlesinger, Stephen Kinzer

Bitter Fruit is a finished and insightful account of the CIA operation to overthrow the democratically elected govt of Jacobo Arbenz of Guatemala in 1954. First released in 1982, this publication has turn into a vintage, a textbook case of the connection among the USA and the 3rd global. The authors make broad use of U.S. govt files and interviews with former CIA and different officers. it's a caution of what occurs while the U.S. abuses its strength.

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After Castillo Armas' victory in 1954, Arbenz and several associates were officially charged with the crime, though no trial was ever held. Some Guatemalans, though, continued to defend the action as a botched effort to arrest a counterrevolutionary. 16 The assassination set off a three-day uprising in Guatemala City by army officers loyal to Arana. Arevalo distributed arms to several unions to help put down the rebellion. With the assistance of a general strike, his administration managed to survive.

35 But the more complete answer lay in the events of the past ten years in Guatemala. Though the American public was only dimly aware of it, an audacious social experiment had been underway in Guatemala which seemed so threatening to powerful interests in the United States that they felt obliged to intervene to halt the process. 2 A TEACHER TAKES POWER During May and June of 1944, a series of protests shook the foundations of Guatemalan life. In the waning months of World War II, the harsh fourteen-year dictatorship of General Jorge Ubico encountered its first serious opposition.

When he was killed in battle in 1885 fighting to re-establish the Central American union, his reforms died with him. The nation fell back into the hands of the landowners, who had traditionally considered Guatemala little more than their fiefdom. Ubico's ascension to power in 1931 was only a continuation of the suffocating politics of his predecessors. Ponce now saw himself in the direct line of descent. But U. S. Ambassador Boaz Long understood that things were different now. He cabled Washington in early July: The machinery of government is continuing to function smoothly and the outward life of the country has apparently settled back to normal .

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