Although presented as an overview of the dozen or so US regime change operations of the past 100 years, the author spends the last third of the book on an excruciating, partisan criticism of Iraq and Afganistan. This is unfortunate because it belies his bias and it's material that most readers will have the most familiarity with. I would have rathered greater detail on the more obscure aspects of history that are not taught in school than a rehashing of how the evil Bush deposed poor Saddam.
Although the stories are full of viscious power hungery men (and the US clearly has blood on it's hands), the author can not bring himself to apportion blame to anyone but Americans. All the villians are Americans and all the victims are foreigners. It is ironic that he can not escape the paternalism he spends so much of the book eloquently dismantling. The fact that many of these countries have had generations of corruption and instability after American intervention is in no way their own fault. Rather it is further evidence of how pervasive and insidious the taint of American imperialism is.
I enjoyed reading about the various US sponsored coups and revolutions which I previously knew little of. The author writes in an engaging style that seems to capture the atmospheres of these various countries. He is obviously very well informed and has thought deeply about the subject.
If you are interseted in modern history it provides a background for understanding the roots of many modern conflicts. But if you've read a newspaper in the last 8 years you can stop reading two-thirds of the way through.
This is a fascinating subject and a great audiobook. I initially bought the hardcover version of this book but never made my way through the whole thing and have been regretting it. The audiobook was a great way to consume it.
If you thought that Junior was out of the loop with his crack-pot invasion of Iraq - read this book. He us actually part of a long tradition of US interference and actual overthrow of nations we don't like or need to control.
While much of this material was truly fascinating, the narration of it was just plain boring. I listened, interested, to about half of this book. I simply could not manage to keep focused on it. The details are rich and woven together well, but eventually it just degenerates into a droning recital of historical text. There is only so much one can do to make history interesting. Unfortunately, that was not accomplished here. The material here could be really interesting, if presented differently.
The info is good. It seems well researched. It is boring and the narrator does not make it better. I have been working on this for four months and still am not finished.
If you believe in conspiracies and that American has been led by only by dark forces and elites only interested in power and money you will love this book. I was hoping for a balanced approach or at least an honest discourse on this very serious issue. Unfortuntely this book is not it. Virtually every sentence drips with prejudice. Readers should be alerted that a strong case of paranoia would help them get through this book.