Readers' Corner: Overthrow: America’s Century of Regime Change From Hawaii to Iraq

The next regular meeting of TransAfrica’s Arthur R. Ashe, Jr. Foreign Policy Library Readers’ Corner will be held on Sunday, October 7, 2012 2:30 to 4:30 PM, Overthrow: America’s Century of Regime Change From Hawaii to Iraq, by Stephen Kinzer (2007, Times Books).

 

Venue: Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G Street, NW, Room 221, Washington, DC 20001-4531, (Nearest Metro Station:Gallery Place on the Red Line).

 

Overthrow is now in stock at Teaching for Change Bookstore at Busboys and Poets (14 & V Streets, NW) and discounted 20%, both in the store and online.  The current selection of TransAfrica’s Readers’ Corner will always be discounted at the bookstore from now on.  In the bookstore, there is a pile on the table, with a sign indicating that it is the current selection of TransAfrica’s Readers' Corner - with the date and location of the meeting.  

To buy the book online with the 20% discount visit: http://bbpbooks.teachingforchange.org/book/9780805082401.

 

Publisher's Description: "Regime change" did not begin with the administration of George W. Bush, but has been an integral part ofU.S. foreign policy for more than one hundred years. Starting with the toppling of the Hawaiian monarchy in 1893, the United Stateshas not hesitated to overthrow governments that stood in the way of its political and economic goals. The invasion of Iraq in 2003 is but the latest example of the dangers inherent in these operations.

In Overthrow, Stephen Kinzer tells the stories of the audacious politicians, spies, military commanders, and business executives who took it upon themselves to depose foreign regimes. He details the three eras of America's regime-change century--the imperial era, which brought Cuba, Puerto Rico, the Philippines, Nicaragua, and Honduras under America's sway; the cold war era, which employed covert action against Iran, Guatemala, South Vietnam, and Chile; and the invasion era, which saw American troops toppling governments in Grenada, Panama, Afghanistan, and Iraq.


Kinzer explains why the U.S. government has pursued these operations and why so many of them have had disastrous long-term consequences, making Overthrow a cautionary tale that serves as an urgent warning as the United States seeks to define its role in the modern world.

 

About the Author: Stephen Kinzer is an award-winning foreign correspondent who has reported from more than fifty countries on four continents. He served as  the New York Times bureau chief in Turkey, Germany, and Nicaragua, and as the Boston Globe Latin America correspondent. His previous books include All the Shah's Men, Crescent and Star, and Blood of Brothers. He is also the co-author of Bitter Fruit: The Untold Story of the American Coup in Guatemala. He lives in Chicago.

 

Overthrow is now in stock at Teaching for Change Bookstore at Busboys and Poets (14 & V Streets, NW) and discounted 20%, both in the store and online.  The current selection of TransAfrica’s Readers’ Corner will always be discounted.  In the bookstore, we will keep a pile on the table, with a sign indicating that it is the current selection of TransAfrica’s Readers' Corner - with the date and location of the meeting.  

To buy the book online with the 20% discount visit: http://bbpbooks.teachingforchange.org/book/9780805082401.

 

The Readers' Corner Schedule for 2012-2014

 

July 15, 2012Latin America at the Crossroads Domination, Crisis, Popular Movements & Political Alternatives, by Roberto Regalado (2006, Ocean Press)

 

October 7, 2012Overthrow: America’s Century of Regime Change From Hawaii to Iraq, by Stephen Kinzer (2007, Times Books, 416pp.)

 

December 2, 2012Toussaint Louverture: A Biography, by Madison Smartt Bell (2007, Pantheon Books)

 

February 10 and March 3, 2013My Song: A Memoir, by Harry Belafonte with Michael Shnayerson (2011, Random House)

 

May 5, 2013Camwood at Crossroads, by Femi Euba (2001, Xlibris Press, 230 pp.)

 

July 14, 2013Dark Princess, by W. E. B. Du Bois (1928, University of Mississippi Press [Originally Harcourt, Brace and World, Inc.], 312 pp.)

 

October 6, 2013The Feast of the Goat, by Mario Vargas Llosa; Translated by Edith Grossman (2002, Macmillan: Picador, 416 pp.)

 

December 8, 2013African Perspectives on Colonialism, by A. Adu-Boahen (1989, The Johns Hopkins University Press, 144pp.)

 

February 9 & March 2, 2014Dessa Rose, by Sherley Anne Williams (1986, 2010, HarperCollins, 256 pp.)