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Stephen Kinzer is the author of The Brothers, Reset, Overthrow, All the Shah's Men, and other books. An award-winning foreign correspondent, he served as Latin America correspondent for The Boston Globe and as the New York Times bureau chief in Nicaragua, Germany, and Turkey. He is a senior fellow show more at the Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs at Brown University, and writes a column on world affairs for The Boston Globe. He lives in Boston. show less

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This book discusses how, and how much, America "should" involve itself with the rest of the word, and how that decision was determined historically. This is a very important subject that I wish more people would consider. The author appears knowledgeable and writes well, however I would have preferred a less biased analysis.
 
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keithostertag | 19 other reviews | Feb 27, 2024 |
Woof a super heavy book (naturally) but really informative
 
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Moshepit20 | 14 other reviews | Jan 18, 2024 |
Biography of Alan and John Foster Dulles, head of the CIA/State Department during a big chunk of the post-WWII period. They were terrible human beings convinced of their Christian, pro-American big business righteousness—when not in government, they represented major businesses with interests overseas, including in places whose governments they later helped overthrow on the grounds that they weren’t pro-capitalist enough. Foster Dulles (1) thought that Gurkhas were Pakistani (they are not), (2) when informed that they were not, said, well, they’re Muslim (they are not), and (3) as a result of his beliefs, insisted that Pakistan be included in a regional compact in a region of which it was not part, which contributed to the dissolution of that compact, though I suppose that might be a good thing given how awful his aims generally were. So much of the world has reason to despise America, and the Dulles brothers oversaw a big chunk of that—more, possibly, than the Koch brothers. That said, it’s not clear that much would have differed without them; as the author emphasizes, they were products of their (white, Christian, male, wealthy) environment and the other people around them, especially the Republicans and especially Eisenhower, thought similarly.… (more)
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rivkat | 23 other reviews | Apr 29, 2022 |
That the USA played... plays... these kinds of nasty games, yeah I had some vague awareness. But to be walked through the sordid details is still shocking. What was most amazing about this book was to see how incompetent these brothers were. What's truly upsetting is to see these kinds of willfully ignorant attitudes returning to political power, along with the ruthlessness that they promote. Will the USA be the next country taken down by theocratic psyops?
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