By Stephen Schlesinger, Stephen Kinzer
Bitter Fruit is a entire and insightful account of the CIA operation to overthrow the democratically elected govt of Jacobo Arbenz of Guatemala in 1954. First released in 1982, this publication has turn into a vintage, a textbook case of the connection among the us and the 3rd international. The authors make large use of U.S. executive files and interviews with former CIA and different officers. it's a caution of what occurs whilst the us abuses its strength.
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The National Assembly was dissolved; the constitution was repealed; deputies to the [Congress] and the constitutional assembly were elected; a new constitution was drawn up A TEACHER TAKES POWER . . and . . 7 33 13, a mere two days before the The liberal constitution, written with the help of the Guatemalan Bar Association, embodied the aspirations of the 1944 revolutionaries, the mass of Guatemalans and the idealistic young President-elect. Though some provisions were based on the enlightened (but largely ignored) constitution that Justo Rufino Barrios had enacted in 1871, the document marked for Guatemala a dramatic break with the past, drawing mainly from the constitutions of revolutionary Mexico and republican Spain.
6 The need to reform the system of ownership was universally recognized. A Minnesota professor had reported in 1940 that "all but a very small proportion of the people are landless ... in spite of the fact that land is still available to buyers in large amounts. . " Another American scholar published a Library of Congress study in 1949 emphasizing that "raising the standard of living through diversification and mechanization is greatly dependent upon changes in the distribution of the profits and/or the land.
Ponce now saw himself in the direct line of descent. But U. S. Ambassador Boaz Long understood that things were different now. He cabled Washington in early July: The machinery of government is continuing to function smoothly and the outward life of the country has apparently settled back to normal . . 4 Few could have foreseen the extent of that ferment. Ponce raised teachers' salaries and instituted modest reforms in the universities, moves which he supposed would undermine the protest by pacifying its most vigorous leaders.