U.S. Military and CIA Interventions Since World War II
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. 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.
If you flip over the rock of American foreign policy of the past century, this is what crawls out… invasions … bombings … overthrowing governments … occupations … suppressing movements for social change … assassinating political leaders … perverting elections … manipulating labor unions … manufacturing “news” … death squads … torture … biological warfare … depleted uranium … drug trafficking … mercenaries …
It’s not a pretty picture. It’s enough to give imperialism a bad name.
Read the full details in: Killing Hope: US Military and CIA Interventions Since World War II.
“Far and away the best book on the topic.” – Noam Chomsky
“I enjoyed it immensely.” – Gore Vidal
“I bought several more copies to circulate to friends with the hope of shedding new light and understanding on their political outlooks.” – Oliver Stone
“A very valuable book. The research and organization are extremely impressive.” – A. J. Langguth, author, former New York Times Bureau Chief
“A very useful piece of work, daunting in scope, important.” –Thomas Powers, author, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist
“Each chapter I read made me more and more angry.” – Dr. Helen Caldicott, international leader of the anti-nuclear and environmental movements
Table of Contents
- Chapter 1: China - 1945 to 1960s: Was Mao Tse-tung just paranoid?
- Chapter 2: Italy - 1947-1948: Free elections, Hollywood style
- Chapter 3: Greece - 1947 to early 1950s: From cradle of democracy to client state
- Chapter 4: The Philippines - 1940s and 1950s: America’s oldest colony
- Chapter 5: Korea - 1945-1953: Was it all that it appeared to be?
- Chapter 6: Albania - 1949-1953: The proper English spy
- Chapter 7: Eastern Europe - 1948-1956: Operation Splinter Factor
- Chapter 8: Germany - 1950s: Everything from juvenile delinquency to terrorism
- Chapter 9: Iran - 1953: Making it safe for the King of Kings
- Chapter 10: Guatemala - 1953-1954: While the world watched
- Chapter 11: Costa Rica - Mid-1950s: Trying to topple an ally - Part 1
- Chapter 12: Syria - 1956-1957: Purchasing a new government
- Chapter 13: Middle East - 1957-1958: The Eisenhower Doctrine claims another backyard for America
- Chapter 14: Indonesia - 1957-1958: War and pornography
- Chapter 15: Western Europe - 1950s and 1960s: Fronts within fronts within fronts
- Chapter 16: British Guiana - 1953-1964: The CIA’s international labor mafia
- Chapter 17: Soviet Union - Late 1940s to 1960s: From spy planes to book publishing
- Chapter 18: Italy - 1950s to 1970s: Supporting the Cardinal’s orphans and techno-fascism
- Chapter 19: Vietnam - 1950-1973: The Hearts and Minds Circus
- Chapter 20: Cambodia - 1955-1973: Prince Sihanouk walks the high-wire of neutralism
- Chapter 21: Laos - 1957-1973: L’Armée Clandestine
- Chapter 22: Haiti - 1959-1963: The Marines land, again
- Chapter 23: Guatemala - 1960: One good coup deserves another
- Chapter 24: France/Algeria - 1960s: L’état, c’est la CIA
- Chapter 25: Ecuador - 1960-1963: A text book of dirty tricks
- Chapter 26: The Congo - 1960-1964: The assassination of Patrice Lumumba
- Chapter 27: Brazil - 1961-1964: Introducing the marvelous new world of death squads
- Chapter 28: Peru - 1960-1965: Fort Bragg moves to the jungle
- Chapter 29: Dominican Republic - 1960-1966: Saving democracy from communism by getting rid of democracy
- Chapter 30: Cuba - 1959 to 1980s: The unforgivable revolution
- Chapter 31: Indonesia - 1965: Liquidating President Sukarno ..: and 500,000 others; East Timor - 1975: And 200,000 more
- Chapter 32: Ghana - 1966: Kwame Nkrumah steps out of line
- Chapter 33: Uruguay - 1964-1970: Torture—as American as apple pie
- Chapter 34: Chile - 1964-1973: A hammer and sickle stamped on your child’s forehead
- Chapter 35: Greece - 1964-1974: “Fuck your Parliament and your Constitution,” said the President of the United States
- Chapter 36: Bolivia - 1964-1975: Tracking down Che Guevara in the land of coup d’etat
- Chapter 37: Guatemala - 1962 to 1980s: A less publicized “final solution”
- Chapter 38: Costa Rica - 1970-1971: Trying to topple an ally—Part 2
- Chapter 39: Iraq - 1972-1975: Covert action should not be confused with missionary work
- Chapter 40: Australia - 1973-1975: Another free election bites the dust
- Chapter 41: Angola - 1975 to 1980s: The Great Powers Poker Game
- Chapter 42: Zaire - 1975-1978: Mobutu and the CIA, a marriage made in heaven
- Chapter 43: Jamaica - 1976-1980: Kissinger’s ultimatum
- Chapter 44: Seychelles - 1979-1981: Yet another area of great strategic importance
- Chapter 45: Grenada - 1979-1984: Lying—one of the few growth industries in Washington
- Chapter 46: Morocco - 1983: A video nasty
- Chapter 47: Suriname - 1982-1984: Once again, the Cuban bogeyman
- Chapter 48: Libya - 1981-1989: Ronald Reagan meets his match
- Chapter 49: Nicaragua - 1981-1990: Destabilization in slow motion
- Chapter 50: Panama - 1969-1991: Double-crossing our drug supplier
- Chapter 51: Bulgaria 1990/Albania 1991: Teaching communists what democracy is all about
- Chapter 52: Iraq - 1990-1991: Desert Holocaust
- Chapter 53: Afghanistan - 1979-1992: America’s Jihad
- Chapter 54: El Salvador - 1980-1994: Human rights, Washington style
- Chapter 55: Haiti - 1986-1994: Who will rid me of this turbulent priest?
- Chapter 56: The American Empire - 1992 to present
- Appendix I: This is How the Money Goes Round
- Appendix II: Instances of Use of United States Armed Forces Abroad, 1798-1945
- Appendix III: U.S. Government Assassination Plots
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Killing Hope in other languages
Foreign-language editions of Killing Hope can, in some cases, be purchased from the author, or else from the publisher.
- A Swedish edition (“CIA & USA:s Verkliga Utrikespolitik”) exists but the Swedish publisher (Epsilon Press) appears to no longer be in business, and the author does not have a copy for sale.
- A French edition can be purchased from the French publisher, firstname.lastname@example.org.
- An Italian edition (“Il Libro Nero Degli Stati Uniti”) can be purchased from the Italian publisher.
- An abridged Korean edition can be purchased from the Korean publisher, email@example.com, or a signed copy is available from the author for $25 in North America, or $30 cheque, €20 cash, or £15 in the rest of the world.
- An Arabic edition, published in Saudi Arabia, is available from the publisher.
- A Spanish edition, published in Cuba as “Asesinando La Esperanza”, is not available from the author or the publisher; try google
- A German edition can be purchased from the publisher at firstname.lastname@example.org
- A Russian edition can be purchased from the Russian publisher at email@example.com
- An Iranian edition exists. Check www.irdc.ir – ISBN 978-964-419-354-5