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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.
"Kinzer's narrative abounds with unusual anecdotes, vivid description, and fine detail, demonstrating why he ranks among the best in popular foreign policy storytelling." (The Washington Post's Book World)
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By John E on 12-28-11
A Great read.
Kinzer's books should be must reading for all high school kids so they can understand where the previous leaders of our country went completely wrong. My 14 year old is reading them and going to drive his History teacher crazy.
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By Mike Schleicher on 09-24-07
This is the first plausible explanation for our adventures in Iraq I have come across. Other than that, the author does a good job of explaining that we have met the enemy and he is us. I became interested when I heard the author interviewed on Bob Edwards XM show. Some of this is uncomfortable and some may see it as America bashing. Of course, much of what is here is offered with the clarity of hindsight. The author takes seemingly isolated incidents and examines them together. This was a good book. Well worth a listen.
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