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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:
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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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  • “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 by 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 by 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 by 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 by 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. "

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