Killing Hope: U. S. Global Interventions since World War II


A study of the military interventions by the US since WW2: Frank & detailed. Covers activities of CIA and US military. [war] [conspiracies] [global] [third world]
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A study of the military interventions by the US since WW2: Frank & detailed. Covers activities of CIA and US military. [war] [conspiracies] [global] [third world]
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781567510522
  • Publisher: Common Courage Press
  • Publication date: 6/1/1995
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 500
  • Product dimensions: 6.04 (w) x 9.02 (h) x 1.14 (d)

Table of Contents

Author's Note
Introduction to the New Edition 1
Introduction to the Original Edition 9
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 within 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 1981-1990: Destabilization in slow motion 290
50 Panama 1969-1991: Double-crossing out drug supplier 305
51 Bulgaria 1990: 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 man? 370
Notes 384
Appendix I: This is How the Money Goes Round 442
Appendix II: Instances of Use of United States Armed Forces Abroad, 1798-1945 444
Appendix III: U.S. Government Assassination Plots 453
Index 454
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    The fevered forward to this revised edition of an earlier work might be enough to scare away the mature reader. 'Holocaust' is a term with specific criteria, not just a tag for any outrage. But the reader who can run the rapids of William Blum's zeal will be rewarded. While he does not prove an 'American Holocaust', he does present the most complete catalog of Cold War abuses yet available. The familiar cases are all here -- Guatemala, Congo, Iran -- but the book's strength is in all the lesser episodes which it restores to the light of shame. Whether or not you think the end justified these means, you'll be surprised at just how far and wide we roamed to achieve it.

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