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Bitter Fruit

Bitter Fruit

The Story of the American Coup in Guatemala, Revised and Expanded

Stephen Schlesinger, Stephen Kinzer

ISBN 9780674019300

Publication date: 12/30/2005

Bitter Fruit is a comprehensive and insightful account of the CIA operation to overthrow the democratically elected government of Jacobo Arbenz of Guatemala in 1954. First published in 1982, this book has become a classic, a textbook case of the relationship between the United States and the Third World. The authors make extensive use of U.S. government documents and interviews with former CIA and other officials. It is a warning of what happens when the United States abuses its power.


  • Schlesinger and Kinzer have done the greatest service to truth and justice by presenting the untold story of the CIA coup.

    —Carlos Fuentes


  • Stephen Schlesinger is Director of the World Policy Institute.
  • Stephen Kinzer is a Senior Fellow at the Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs at Brown University.
  • John H. Coatsworth is Dean of the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University and former Director of the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies at Harvard University.

Book Details

  • 374 pages
  • 6 x 9 inches
  • David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies
  • Introduction by John H. Coatsworth
  • Foreword by Richard A. Nuccio