High School History Recap

#2 Bitter Fruit with Stephen Schlesinger

January 16, 2021 William H Palk and Colin du Plessis Season 3 Episode 2
High School History Recap
#2 Bitter Fruit with Stephen Schlesinger
Show Notes

In this episode Colin speaks to foreign relations expert and author of Bitter Fruit: The Story of the American Coup in Guatemala, about the CIA-backed overthrow of Jacobo Arbenz , the democratically elected leader of Guatemala. Was this episode merely a Cold War incident or was there more to it than fears of communist insurrection? Was this a spontaneous revolt by frustrated Guatemalans, in which the US simply supported the will of free peoples,  or was there a more sinister plot unfolding? The discussion centers on the involvement of American government agents, especially the CIA and those with ties to the United Fruit Company, in deposing Arbenz and installing a US-friendly leader in Castillo Armas. 

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