Killing Hope

US Military and CIA Interventions since World War II

William Blum

Updated Edition

Description

A devastating alternative history of America's covert and overt military interventions since the 1940s, updated for this new edition.
'Far and away the best book on the topic.'
Noam Chomsky

'I bought several copies to circulate to friends.'
Oliver Stone

In Killing Hope, William Blum, author of the bestselling Rogue State: A Guide to the World's Only Superpower, provides a devastating and comprehensive account of America's covert and overt military actions in the world, all the way from China in the 1940s to the invasion of Iraq in 2003 and - in this updated edition - beyond.

Is the United States, as it likes to claim, a global force for democracy? Killing Hope shows the answer to this question to be a resounding 'no'.

Author Bio

William Blum is one of the United States' leading non-mainstream experts on American foreign policy. He left the State Department in 1967, abandoning his aspiration of becoming a Foreign Service Officer because of his opposition to what the US was doing in Vietnam. He then became a founder and editor of the Washington Free Press, the first 'alternative' newspaper in the capital. Blum has been a freelance journalist in the US, Europe and South America, and is the author of Rogue State and America's Deadliest Export.

Table of Contents

  • Author's note Introduction to the new edition 
  • Introduction to the original edition
  • 1. China 1945 to 1960s: Was Mao Tse-Tung just paranoid?
  • 2. Italy 1947-1948: Free elections, Hollywood style
  • 3. Greece 1947 to early 1950s: From cradle of democracy to client state
  • 4. The Philippines 1940s and 1950s: America's oldest colony
  • 5. Korea 1945-1953: Was it all that it appeared to be?
  • 6. Albania 1949-1953: The proper English spy
  • 7. Eastern Europe 1948-1956: Operation Splinter Factor
  • 8. Germany 1950s: Everything from juvenile delinquency to terrorism
  • 9. Iran 1953: Making it safe for the King of Kings
  • 10. Guatemala 1953-1954: While the world watched
  • 11. Costa Rica mid-1950s: Trying to topple an ally, Part one
  • 12. Syria 1956-1957: Purchasing a new government
  • 13. The Middle East 1957-1958: The Eisenhower Doctrine claims another backyard for America
  • 14. Indonesia 1957-1958:War and pornography
  • 15. Western Europe 1950s and 1960s: Fronts within fronts within fronts
  • 16. British Guiana 1953-1964: The CIA's international labour Mafia
  • 17. Soviet Union late 1940s to 1960s: From spy planes to book publishing 18. Italy 1950s to 1970s: Supporting the Cardinal's orphans and techno-fascism
  • 19. Vietnam 1950-1973: The Hearts and Minds Circus
  • 20. Cambodia 1955-1973: Prince Sihanouk walks the high-wire of neutralism
  • 21. Laos 1957-1973: L'Armee Clandestine
  • 22. Haiti 1959-1963: The marines land, again
  • 23. Guatemala 1960: One good coup deserves another
  • 24. France/Algeria 1960s: L'etat, c'est la CIA
  • 25. Ecuador 1960-1963: A textbook of dirty tricks
  • 26. The Congo 1960-1964: The Assassination of Patrice Lumumba
  • 27. Brazil 1961-1964: Introducing the marvellous new world of death squads
  • 28. Peru 1960-1965: Fort Bragg moves to the jungle
  • 29. Dominican Republic 1960-1966: Saving democracy from communism by getting rid of democracy
  • 30. Cuba 1959-1980s: The unforgivable revolution
  • 31. Indonesia 1965: Liquidating President Sukarno…and 500,000 others. East Timor 1975: and 200,000 more
  • 32. Ghana 1966: Kwame Nkrumah steps out of line
  • 33. Uruguay 1964-1970: Torture - as American as apple pie
  • 34. Chile 1964-1973: A hammer and sickle stamped on your child's forehead 35. Greece 1964-1974: 'Fuck your Parliament and your Constitution,' said the President of the United States
  • 36. Bolivia 1964-1975: Tracking down Che Guevara in the land of coup d'etat
  • 37. Guatemala 1962 to 1980s: A less publicised 'final solution'
  • 38. Costa Rica 1970-1971: Trying to topple an ally, Part two
  • 39. Iraq 1972-1975: Covert action should not be confused with missionary work
  • 40. Australia 1973-1975: Another free election bites the dust
  • 41. Angola 1975 to 1980s: The Great Powers Poker Game
  • 42. Zaire 1975-1978: Mobutu and the CIA, a marriage made in heaven
  • 43. Jamaica 1976-1980: Kissinger's ultimatum
  • 44. Seychelles 1979-1981: Yet another area of great strategic importance 45. Grenada 1979-1984: Lying - one of the few growth industries in Washington
  • 46. Morocco 1983: A video nasty
  • 47. Suriname 1982-1984: Once again, the Cuban bogeyman
  • 48. Libya 1981-1989: Ronald Reagan meets his match
  • 49. Nicaragua 1981-1990: Destabilisation in slow motion
  • 50. Panama 1969-1991: Double-crossing our drug supplier
  • 51. Bulgaria 1990: Teaching Communists what democracy is all about
  • 52. Iraq 1990-1991: Desert holocaust
  • 53. Afghanistan 1979-1992: America's Jihad
  • 54. El Salvador 1980-1994: Human rights, Washington style
  • 55. Haiti 1986-1994: Who will rid me of this man?
  • 56. The American Empire: 1992 to the present. Notes
  • Appendix I: This is how money goes round
  • Appendix II: Instances of use of United States Armed Forces abroad, 1798-1945
  • Appendix III: US Government assassination plots

Reviews

'Far and away the best book on the topic.'
Noam Chomsky

'A valuable reference for anyone interested in the conduct of US foreign policy.'
Choice (American Library Association)

'I enjoyed it immensely.'
Gore Vidal

'The single most useful summary of CIA history.'
John Stockwell, former CIA officer and author

'Each chapter I read makes me more and more angry.'
Helen Caldicott

'A very useful piece of work, daunting in scope, important.'
Thomas Powers, author and Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist

'A very valuable book. The research and organization are extremely impressive.'
A.J. Langguth, author and former New York Times bureau chief

'I am impressed. It is a valuable contribution.'
Ramsey Clark, former Attorney General of the United States

'Blum has performed a very important service in collecting this information in one place, and the documentation is praiseworthy.'
Teresa Pelton Johnson, Assistant Managing Editor, International Security, Harvard University

'A marvelous job of bringing together a lot of loose ends from many sources.'
Philip Agee, former CIA officer and author

'I bought several more copies to circulate to friends with the hope of shedding new light and understanding on their political outlooks.'
Oliver Stone

Details

Publication Date: 11 September 2014
472 pages

Not available in: Canada, United States

Product ISBNs: Paperback 2nd Edition: 9781783601776
Library Edition: 9781842773680

Previous Editions: Paperback 1st Edition: 9781842773697

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