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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (1,078 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Stephen Kinzer Narrator: Michael Prichard Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2006 ISBN: 9781400172399
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A fast-paced narrative history of the coups, revolutions, and invasions by which the United States has toppled fourteen foreign governments-not always to its own benefit. "Regime change" did not begin with the administration of George W. Bush, but has been an integral part of U.S. foreign policy for more than one hundred years. Starting with the overthrow of the Hawaiian monarchy in 1893 and continuing through the Spanish-American War and the Cold War and into our own time, the United States has not hesitated to overthrow governments that stood in the way of its political and economic goals. The invasion of Iraq in 2003 is the latest, though perhaps not the last, 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 monarchs, presidents, and prime ministers. He also shows that the U.S. government has often pursued these operations without understanding the countries involved; as a result, many of them have had disastrous long-term consequences. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Kinzer has written a detailed, passionate and convincing book, several chapters of which have the pace and grip of a good thriller. It should be essential reading for any Americans who wish to understand both their country’s historical record in international affairs, and why that record has provoked anger and distrust in much of the world.”

    New York Times

  • “Kinzer, a foreign correspondent for the New York Times, brings a rich narrative immediacy to all of his stories…he makes a persuasive case that US intervention destabilizes world politics and often leaves countries worse off than they were before.”

    Publishers Weekly

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Neil Taylor | 2/19/2014

    " The American government has consistently invaded sovereign nations and gone to war to defend big business concerns and help corporate America pillage the natural resources of foreign nations. Hawaii was a stable monarchy before the American sugar plantation owners felt they were being prevented from making as much profit as they "deserved" so a coup was instigated and funded by the US government. A disturbing read about the lengths the US government will go to in order to protect the almighty dollar... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alison | 2/17/2014

    " Interesting account of America's involvement in and support of regime changes throughout the world. Easy to read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carl | 2/4/2014

    " Very concise and a good reminder of US Foreign Policy over the last century. At times, names and places and dates come at you very quickly and it's hard to keep up. Small price to pay for so much knowledge. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tony Torres | 2/2/2014

    " If you thought unprovoked, surreptitious, corporate sponsored war was the provenance of Bush II, think again. He is merely continuing a long American tradition. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeweleye | 1/23/2014

    " What an eye-opener! From Hawaii to Iraq, Kinzer discusses how the U.S. has become an empire. We always knew something wasn't quite right about our actions in the world but there's just no making excuses anymore. For over 100 years, we have made a practice of overturning democratically-elected leaders and replacing them with bloody despots. More often than not, our actions were motivated by businesses whose profits were threatened. Appalling! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Edmund | 1/19/2014

    " Kinzer cogently summarizes a wide array of imperial, abusive, despicable practices perpetrated by the US government against various sovereign nations over the last century. While I've long been aware of the nefarious plots of the US government, there were plenty of cases and details here that I hadn't known. There is ample ammunition in this essential work that can be used when confronted by folks who believe in American exceptionalism and "manifest destiny." "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michelle | 1/16/2014

    " Really good nonfiction, and the information in this book should be required for every voting American to know. Easily readable, highly entertaining, and genuinely disturbing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Micaela | 1/12/2014

    " Excellent overview of America's involvement in the overthrow of foreign governments, and how it's come back to bite us. Each chapter is a different country so it's not long-winded, and you don't have to read it all at once. It's one-sided, though, focusing on our image as tyrannical Americans. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Comaskeyk001 | 10/25/2013

    " it's a mistake to think that iraq is some perverse mistake we made and is out the US character "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bill Ashcraft | 9/21/2013

    " Sad but true --- the underbelly of our foreign policy the last century or so. It offers a powerful answer to those who might innocently ask "why do those people hate us?" "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michelle Nevius | 7/20/2013

    " (I think I only read the Hawaii chapter, but found it quite illuminating. I would have read the rest of the book if it wasn't due back at the library...with many other books waiting to be read instead of renewing.) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Trashy Pit | 4/30/2013

    " Written by a silly liberal, but still pretty good overview and breakdown of a series of US coups and invasions around the world. I think Kinzer has grown up over time, and he's alot more on top of things now than he was in the past. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Seetha | 3/1/2013

    " This book describes a number of different episodes of "regime change" in other countries promoted by the U.S. Good stuff for getting you really good and pissed off about American foreign policy over the past century. The writing is not always the smoothest, however, but still very readable. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carrie | 11/6/2012

    " Very readable and informative. I assume painfully biased as well but I would rather be informed of opinions that look critically at US motivations abroad than not. It took me a while to get through (not exactly uplifting.) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nicole | 10/10/2012

    " This book made me face the fact that there is so much world history I want to learn more about. It also clarified a lot of US history for me, aside from increasing my cynicism about the nation I call home. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jacquelinelborda | 9/1/2012

    " It is an excellent book, that gives insight into the US policy. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 PJ | 4/19/2012

    " A sober account of regime change from early American imperialism at the end of the 19th century to the recent fiasco in Iraq. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tamal | 10/30/2011

    " about 13 coups (regime-changes) "officially" sponsored by the United States...starting with Hawaii and ending with Iraq "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Yasser | 9/29/2011

    " Enlightening. The US government's foreign policy may be at times flawed but there is at least enough transparency and freedom for a book like this to be written and published. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mason | 5/20/2011

    " A brilliant tale of US involvement in forced regime change during the 20th century. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lisa | 1/13/2011

    " i don't general read history books as a pastime but after the first chapter i was hooked. there were so many things in the book that i don't even think was taught to me in my other history classes. overall i really liked it "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jacquelinelborda | 1/2/2011

    " It is an excellent book, that gives insight into the US policy. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jodi | 8/9/2010

    " Definitely a worthy read for all! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nic | 7/29/2010

    " Very inlightening. everyone should know these nuggets of history. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Martin | 7/14/2010

    " This is a sobering reflection on the long-term costs of regime change, and deserves to be read by every voter. No one who hasn't read it should be elected to Federal office. We as a nation would be better off if we learned its lessons. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nicole | 6/11/2010

    " This book made me face the fact that there is so much world history I want to learn more about. It also clarified a lot of US history for me, aside from increasing my cynicism about the nation I call home. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ryan | 2/8/2010

    " So good. This outlines all of America's foreign policy failures that have caused most of the country's current problems. These things should really be taken to heart by Americans in order to realize what was done wrong and how it should be remedied in the future. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jerry | 2/4/2010

    " Excellent account of some not-so-excellent actions taken by our government over the years. "

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About the Author
Author Stephen Kinzer

Stephen Kinzer is the author of Reset, Overthrow, All the Shah’s Men, and numerous other books. An award-winning foreign correspondent, he served as the New York Times’ bureau chief in Turkey, Germany, and Nicaragua and as the Boston Globe’s Latin America correspondent. He teaches international relations at Boston University and is a frequent contributor to the New York Review of Books and a columnist for the Guardian.

About the Narrator

Michael Prichard is a Los Angeles-based actor who has played several thousand characters during his career, over one hundred of them in theater and film. He is primarily heard as an audiobook narrator, having recorded well over five hundred full-length books. His numerous awards and accolades include an Audie Award for Tears in the Darkness by Michael Norman and Elizabeth M. Norman and six AudioFile Earphones Awards. He was named a Top Ten Golden Voice by SmartMoney magazine. He holds an MFA in theater from the University of Southern California.