Washington Bullets: A History of the CIA, Coups, and Assassinations
While applauding itself as an oasis of democracy, the United States, in reality, is a superpower intent on infiltrating foreign governments, obliterating entire cultures, and carrying out murderous military interventions in developing countries the world over. Washington Bullets is about the bullets sent by architects of U.S. imperialism—the nation’s political and economic elites—to crush revolutions, assassinate democratically elected leaders, and to destroy hope. Focusing on the rising national liberation movements in the Third World after the Second World War and continuing up to the present, historian and journalist Vijay Prashad delivers a scathing indictment of U.S. imperialism, from the 1953 CIA-sponsored coup in Iran, to the twenty-first-century ousters of Dilma Rousseff in Brazil and Evo Morales in Bolivia.
Prashad, relying on his vast library of U.S. government documents, records of multinational corporations, speeches of despots, and memoirs of functionaries (including the complete works of Henry Kissinger), has assembled a fascinating and appalling account of just where and how the United States has perpetrated its global “fight against terror” or “drugs” or “communism.” But embedded in the history of U.S. imperialism is the history of worldwide resistance. Washington Bullets is also a book about hope and the possibilities offered by millions of, as yet, unsung heroes. Reading these stories, we can’t help but see the need to work together to save the earth and create a new world of real democracy for the oppressed and the masses. “We are the masses,” Evo Morales writes in the book’s preface. “And the masses, over time, will win.”
Vijay Prashad is a historian, journalist and educator. He was a professor of international studies at Trinity College in Connecticut for many years. He is the director of Tricontinental: Institute for Social Research, based in Argentina, Brazil, South Africa, and India. He is also editor of LeftWord Books, based in New Delhi. Additionally, he is the chief correspondent for Globetrotter. He is the author of many books including The Darker Nations: A People’s History of the Third World, Red Star Over the Third World, The Poorer Nations: A Possible History of the Global South and Washington Bullets: A History of the CIA, Coups, and Assassinations.