Killing Hope: U.S. Military and C.I.A. Interventions Since World War II--Updated Through 2003


Is the United States a force for democracy? In this classic and unique volume that answers this question, William Blum serves up a forensic overview of U.S. foreign policy spanning sixty years. Remarks from the previous edition: "Far and away the best book on the topic."?Noam Chomsky "A valuable reference for anyone interested in the conduct of U.S. foreign policy."? Choice "I enjoyed it immensely."?Gore Vidal "The single most useful summary of CIA history."?John Stockwell "Each chapter I read makes me more and ...
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Is the United States a force for democracy? In this classic and unique volume that answers this question, William Blum serves up a forensic overview of U.S. foreign policy spanning sixty years. Remarks from the previous edition: "Far and away the best book on the topic."—Noam Chomsky "A valuable reference for anyone interested in the conduct of U.S. foreign policy."— Choice "I enjoyed it immensely."—Gore Vidal "The single most useful summary of CIA history."—John Stockwell "Each chapter I read makes me more and more angry."—Helen Caldicott "A very useful piece of work, daunting in scope, important."—Thomas Powers, author and Pulitzer Prize--winning journalist "A very valuable book. The research and organization are extremely impressive."—A.J. Langguth, author and former New York Times bureau chief For those who want the details on our most famous -actions (Chile, Cuba, Vietnam, to name a few), and for those who want to learn about our lesser-known efforts (France, China, Bolivia, Brazil, for example), this book provides a window on what our foreign policy goals really are. William Blum is the author of Rogue State: A Guide to the World’s Only Superpower .
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781567512526
  • Publisher: Common Courage Press
  • Publication date: 10/1/2008
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 500
  • Sales rank: 284,921
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

William Blum's latest book is "Freeing the World To Death: Essays on the American Empire." He lives in Washington, DC.
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Table of Contents

Author's Note 6
Introduction 7
1 China 1945 to 1960s: Was Mao Tse-tung just paranoid? 21
2 Italy 1947-1948: Free elections, Hollywood style 27
3 Greece 1947 to early 1950s: From cradle of democracy to client state 34
4 The Philippines 1940s and 1950s: America's oldest colony 39
5 Korea 1945-1953: Was it all that it appeared to be? 45
6 Albania 1949-1953: The proper English spy 55
7 Eastern Europe 1948-1956: Operation Splinter Factor 57
8 Germany 1950s: Everything from juvenile delinquency to terrorism 61
9 Iran 1953: Making it safe for the King of Kings 64
10 Guatemala 1953-1954: While the world watched 72
11 Costa Rica mid-1950s: Trying to topple an ally, part I 83
12 Syria 1956-1957: purchasing a new government 84
13 The Middle East 1957-1958: The Eisenhower Doctrine claims another backyard for America 89
14 Indonesia 1957-1958: War and pornography 99
15 Western Europe 1950s and 1960s: Fronts with fronts within fronts 104
16 British Guiana 1953-1964: The CIA's international labor mafia 108
17 Soviet Union late 1940s to 1960s: From spy planes to book publishing 114
18 Italy 1950s to 1970s: Supporting the Cardinal's orphans and techno-fascism 119
19 Vietnam 1950-1973: The Hearts and Minds Circus 122
20 Cambodia 1955-1973: Prince Sihanouk walks the high-wire of neutralism 133
21 Laos 1957-1973: L'Armee Clandestine 140
22 Haiti 1959-1963: The Marines land, again 145
23 Guatemala 1960: One good coup deserves another 147
24 France/Algeria 1960s: L'etat, c'est la CIA 148
25 Ecuador 1960-1963: A textbook of dirty tricks 153
26 The Congo 1960-1964: The assassination of Patrice Lumumba 156
27 Brazil 1961-1964: Introducing the marvelous new world of death squads 163
28 Peru 1960-1965: Fort Bragg moves to the jungle 172
29 Dominican Republic 1960-1966: Saving democracy from communism by getting rid of democracy 175
30 Cuba 1959 to 1980s: The unforgivable revolution 184
31 Indonesia 1965: Liquidating President Sukarno ... and 500,000 others; East Timor 1975: And 200,000 more 193
32 Ghana 1966: Kwame Nkrumah steps out of line 198
33 Uruguay 1964-1970: Torture - as American as apple pie 200
34 Chile 1964-1973: A hammer and sickle stamped on your child's forehead 206
35 Greece 1964-1974: "Fuck your Parliament and your Constitution," said the President of the United States 215
36 Bolivia 1964-1975: Tracking down Che Guevara in the land of coup d'etat 221
37 Guatemala 1962 to 1980s: A less publicized "final solution" 229
38 Costa Rica 1970-1971: Trying to topple an ally, part II 239
39 Iraq 1972-1975: Covert action should not be confused with missionary work 242
40 Australia 1973-1975: Another free election bites the dust 244
41 Angola 1975 to 1980s: The Great Powers Poker Game 249
42 Zaire 1975-1978: Mobutu and the CIA, a marriage made in heaven 257
43 Jamaica 1976-1980: Kissinger's ultimatum 263
44 Seychelles 1979-1981: Yet another area of great strategic importance 267
45 Grenada 1979-1984: Lying - one of the few growth industries in Washington 269
46 Morocco 1983: A video nasty 278
47 Suriname 1982-1984: Once again, the Cuban bogeyman 279
48 Libya 1981-1989: Ronald Reagan meets his match 280
49 Nicaragua 1978-1990: Destabilization in slow motion 290
50 Panama 1969-1991: Double-crossing our drug supplier 305
51 Bulgaria 1990/Albania 1991: Teaching Communists what democracy is all about 314
52 Iraq 1990-1991: Desert holocaust 320
53 Afghanistan 1979-1992: America's Jihad 338
54 El Salvador 1980-1994: Human rights, Washington style 352
55 Haiti 1986-1994: Who will rid me of this turbulent priest? 370
56 The American Empire: 1992 to present 383
Notes 393
App. I This is How the Money Goes Round 452
App. II Instances of Use of United States Armed Forces Abroad, 1978-1945 454
App. III U.S. Government Assassination Plots 463
Index 465
About the Author 470
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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 13, 2005

    wonderfully done

    everyone should read this book. The world needs to know the truth about the US goverment Explotation of the rest of the world. This is the best nonfiction book I have ever read.

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  • Posted November 20, 2008

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    The giant should remain strong no matter what.,

    I read this book and it confirmed my feelings that USA, as the only super power, should ALWAYS remain STRONG. <BR/><BR/>The book is composed of some 400 pages full of critiques as if the author wanted America to be the haven of saints when the world has been full of crocodiles, for instance the introduction brings about a fair resume of the author's intentions <BR/><BR/>How! <BR/><BR/>In the Introduction I came across a passage which I hereby quote `''It was in the early days of the Vietnam War that a Vietcong officer said to his American prisoner _' You were our heroes after the war, and a common phrase in those days was `'to be as rich and as wise as an American'' - What happened `''. <BR/><BR/>The title `Killing Hope' - updated edition 2004 - by William Blum, and many of the contents are indeed offensive to the USA because it speaks about U.S military and C.I.A 'interventions' since World War II and endeavours to portray them as the bad guys. <BR/><BR/>C.I.A (USA) intervensions? <BR/><BR/>Didn't such 'intervension' save many countries that now live under the 'shades' of democracies, in Europe and the Far East (Japan) enjoying unprecedented richness and prosperity, with a high standard of living for their nationals. <BR/><BR/>As one individual out of six billion living on this planet, do I blame the USA for protecting the interest of its citizens. <BR/><BR/>USA is The World Giant and one has to learn how to convince them of one's view points , rather than garrulously defy them with boring speeches and empty written words.

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