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  •  Bitter Fruit (4.00)
    Bitter Fruit was assigned in my HS International Baccalaureate History of the Americas course by my fairly conservative, ex-Army major teacher. I had a lot of trouble reading it at the time, as I was still a pretty firmly entrenched little neo-con girl. I'm going to go re-read it now and recommend that the rest of you who want to know what we did in Guatemala check it out.

    Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely in my name.

    by A Texan in Maryland on Mon May 10, 2004 at 01:30:26 PM PDT

    •  other great antiwar works (none)

      were discussed here. I keep that thread bookmarked so I can remind myself of the hope for peace.

      Thanks for the recommendation. I have so much to learn about Central America.

    •  Sadly, one of the writers of "Bitter ... (none)
      ...Fruit" was Steven Kinzer. On the occasion of the 30th anniversary of the 1954 coup, Kinzer wrote a 1500-word piece for the New York Times that never once mentioned the CIA.

      Something you don't have to worry about: mad carrot disease

      by Meteor Blades on Mon May 10, 2004 at 04:57:18 PM PDT

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      •  another recommendation (none)
        seeing as i just had to cram the entire history of US-THird World Cold war history into my head for a final, i recommend my professor Piero Gleijeses' "Shattered Hope," where he looks at the records of the 1954 guatemalan coup from gautemala's archives. he is a fantastic writer and his book goes beyond Bitter Fruit to say that United Fruit Company ultimately did not have a decisive impact on the CIA coup (he argues United Fruit actually had way more sway on US policy under Truman). as he quotes one guatemalan, "They would have overthrown us even if we had no bananas."

        Gleijeses is a big fan of Guatemalan commies and also wrote another book on CUban foreign policy and Africa (focusing on Angola and how Kissinger lied about our involvement there).

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