Managing the Counterrevolution
The United States and Guatemala, 1954–1961

By Stephen M. Streeter

“A valuable… really first-rate piece of work.”

Noam Chomsky, MIT

“Streeter’s contribution to the otherwise scant literature on the U.S.-Guatemala relations during this period is rich in detail and vital in providing a deeper understanding of Guatemalan history, Eisenhower’s foreign policy, and U.S. intervention in Latin America.”

Report on Guatemala

“Because of the outstanding writing, the quality of the topic, and the extensiveness of the research, Managing the Counterrevolution makes an important contribution to the field and marks the emergence of an outstanding new historian.”

W. Michael Weis, Illinois Wesleyan University

The Eisenhower administration's intervention in Guatemala is one of the most closely studied covert operations in the history of the Cold War. Yet we know far more about the 1954 coup itself than its aftermath. This book uses the concept of “counterrevolution” to trace the Eisenhower administration's efforts to restore U.S. hegemony in a nation whose reform governments had antagonized U.S. economic interests and the local elite.

Comparing the Guatemalan case to U.S.-sponsored counterrevolutions in Iran, the Dominican Republic, Brazil, and Chile reveals that Washington's efforts to roll back “communism” in Latin America and elsewhere during the Cold War represented in reality a short-term strategy to protect core American interests from the rising tide of Third World nationalism.

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Research in International Studies, Latin America Series, № 34

Related Subjects

History · Americas · Central America · Guatemala · American History · International Studies · Political Science · Latin American Studies · Latin American History · International History · Violence in Society



Retail price: $36.95, S.
Release date: Feb. 2001
368 pages
Rights: World


Release date: Feb. 2001
≅ 368 pages