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Secret History : The CIA's Classified Account of Its Operations in Guatemala, 1952-1954



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Stanford Univ Pr
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This is the 2nd edition with a publication date of 10/2/2006.
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The first edition of this book, published in 1999, was well-received, but interest in it has surged in recent years. It chronicles an early example of "regime change" that was based on a flawed interpretation of intelligence and proclaimed a success even as its mistakes were becoming clear. Since 1999, a number of documents relating to the CIA's activities in Guatemala have been declassified, and a truth and reconciliation process has unearthed other reports, speeches, and writings that shed more light on the role of the United States. For this edition, the author has selected and annotated twenty-one documents for a new documentary Appendix, including President Clinton's apology to the people of Guatemala.

Author Biography

Nick Cullather is Associate Professor of History at Indiana University. He is the author of Illusions of Influence: The Political Economy of United States-Philippines Relations, 1942-1960 (Stanford University Press, 1994).

Table of Contents

Preface to the Second Edition vii
Introduction: A Culture of Destruction xi
Foreword to the CIA Edition 5(2)
Chapter 1: America's Backyard 7(31)
Chapter 2: Reversing the Trend 38(36)
Chapter 3: Sufficient Means 74(31)
Chapter 4: The Sweet Smell of Success 105(22)
Appendix A: PBSUCCESS Timeline 127(6)
Appendix B: Bibliography 133(4)
Appendix C: A Study of Assassination 137(6)
Appendix D: New Documents 143
Afterword: The Culture of Fear, by Piero Gleijeses xxiii
Index xxxix

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