Bitter Fruit: The Story of the American Coup in Guatemala by Stephen Schlesinger, Stephen Kinzer

By Stephen Schlesinger, Stephen Kinzer

Bitter Fruit is a entire and insightful account of the CIA operation to overthrow the democratically elected govt of Jacobo Arbenz of Guatemala in 1954. First released in 1982, this e-book has develop into a vintage, a textbook case of the connection among the us and the 3rd global. The authors make huge use of U.S. executive files and interviews with former CIA and different officers. it's a caution of what occurs while the USA abuses its strength.

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Arana responded by pulling his own pistol and demanding passage. A gun battle ensued. Both the army chief and a companion were killed and his chauffeur wounded. As historian Ronald Schneider described it: According to the best available evidence, the group who killed Arana included the chauffeur of Senora de Arbenz, who later became a deputy in the Arbenz congress, and was headed by Alfonso Martinez Estevez, a close friend of Col. Arbenz who later served as private secretary to the president and chief of the National Agrarian Department.

Arana had actually tried to seize power while he was chairman of the three-man interim junta that ruled in 1944-45. When Arevalo took office, he named Arbenz Minister of Defense and Arana chief of staff. Temporarily placated, Arana nonetheless continued to plot against the government. In late 1948, the U. S. "14 The tough-talking conservative populist Arana was probably at least as popular with voters as the less assertive Arbenz. Some friends of Arbenz worried that Arana might attempt a coup before election day or that he would at least flex his considerable military muscle to guarantee an electoral victory for himself.

They had emerged almost overnight as a powerful force after over a century of silence following liberation from Spain in 1821. The tiny ruling aristocracy which had long dominated Guatemala was unaware of the rising bourgeoisie, having for so long presided over a large body of passive peasants and 26 BITTER FRUIT indifferent Indians (half of the nation's population was made up of Indians living in rural enclaves isolated from mainstream Guatemala). Ubico's implacable opposition to democracy helped create immense frustrations among this new middle class.

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