Bitter Fruit: The Story of the American Coup in Guatamala

Bitter Fruit relates the sordid tale of how the US government overthrew a democratically-elected president in Guatemala on behalf of a Boston-based banana company, United Fruit, eventually plunging that small country into a civil war that killed over 200,000 people. It was a New York Times “notable” book selection on its publication in 1982 and is considered a classic in the annals of American foreign policy and international affairs. It has sold over 100,000 copies and has never been out of print. Stephen Schlesinger co-authored the book with Stephen Kinzer, former New York Times Latin American correspondent. The paperback publisher is Harvard University Press.

Video & Audio

1) Featured documentary on the 1954 US intervention including Stephen Schlesinger's views on the coup: