Review of "Bitter Fruit" by Stephen Schlesinger and Stephen Kinzer

3184 Words Mar 31st, 2011 13 Pages
Bitter Fruit by Stephen Schlesinger and Stephen Kinzer Book Review and Critical Analysis The year is 1954. Government agencies resurrect secret plans previously discarded until a more forceful administration comes to power. Behind the scenes, the CIA and State Department are fervently working in over time trying to engineer a government overthrow against a populist nationalist in their own backyard who has the dare audacity to threaten both US economic and geopolitical interest. Accusations of communism and Soviet penetration permeate the discourse and heat up the rhetoric; swift action must be taken to stabilize the hemisphere. Intervention by any means necessary. Exiled opposition leaders are paid off, trained, equipped, …show more content…
The book is masterfully structured in a format that often transcends time and space beginning with the end of the story, that initially thrusts the reader by overwhelmingly diving into unfamiliar territory but then effectively works its way backwards through historical sequence to provide the reader with a remarkable framework of comprehension and contextual understanding. The pieces of the puzzle beautifully and tragically come together in melodramatic fashion; a style captured by the foreshadowing that concludes every chapter and immerses the reader into multidimensional complexity. The book traces Guatemala’s history academically and journalistically (a style utilized through much of the book) and depicts the overthrow of General Jorge Ubico’s, whose harsh repressive dictatorship and aristocratic structure marginalized the vast majority of the nation, which includes a sizeable indigenous population and even greater impoverished peasantry. The climactic revolution swept the nation and ushered in a new era of reform of social, political, and economic reform predicated on the beliefs and virtues of US inspired idealism and

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