America's Century of Regime Change from Hawaii to Iraq. An award-winning author tells the stories of the audacious American politicians, military commanders, and business executives who took it upon themselves to depose monarchs, presidents, and prime ministers of other countries.
"Citizens concerned about foreign affairs must read this book. Stephen Kinzer's crisp and thoughtful "Overthrow" undermines the myth of national innocence. Quite the contrary, history shows the United States as an interventionist busybody directed at regime change. We deposed fourteen foreign governments in hardly more than a century, some for good reasons, more for bad reasons, with most dubious long-term consequences." --Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr.
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Finally in this series of books I recommend one that is written from a perspective for which I have little sympathy, but it is very worthwhile because of the historical documentation in it. Kinzer is a senior journalist with the New York Times and in this book he documents Americaâ€™s involvement in overthrowing various regimes in the course of the last century. He then goes on to trace the consequences of those overthrows in successive generations. I was disappointed at some of what he wrote. For example, he takes the same cynical view as James Michener, when writing about the history of missions in Hawaii. The actual story of missions is the great story of the redemption of suffering people and their culture, and is not diminished by the injustices of the descendants of missionary families as they pursued the acquisition of wealth and the political control. I add this book to my list of recommendations simply because it illustrates the tendencies of fallen powers of government and the way they so often cloak themselves in righteous appearances. Itâ€™s worth the read even if it does cause a committed Christian reader to wince from time to time.
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