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From the Publisher"This cautionary tale constitutes a major contribution to our understanding of major power intervention in Latin America and the rest of the world."
— Hispanic American Historical Review
This is the first published account of the massive U.S. covert intervention in British Guiana between 1953 and 1969, when U.S. officials feared that popular leader Cheddi Jagan would install a communist regime when the country gained independence from Britain. Rabe tells how CIA funding went through an AFL-CIO program to help foment the labor unrest, race riots, and general chaos that led to Jagan's replacement by Forbes Burnham, who went on to lead a 20-year dictatorship in which he persecuted the majority Indian population.