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PBSuccess The CIA's Covert Operation to Overthrow Guatemalan President Jacobo Arbenz, June-July 1954 by Mario Overall, Dan Hagedorn
  

PBSuccess The CIA's Covert Operation to Overthrow Guatemalan President Jacobo Arbenz, June-July 1954

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Part of the Latin America @ War Series

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PBSuccess The CIA's Covert Operation to Overthrow Guatemalan President Jacobo Arbenz, June-July 1954 by Mario Overall, Dan Hagedorn

In January 1954, at the peak of the so-called Cold War , the U.S. Government set to overthrow the Guatemalan President Jacobo Arbenz, who had been deemed a Communist and a dangerous influence in Central America. Thus, the Central Intelligence Agency was ordered to launch a clandestine paramilitary operation, code-named Project PBSuccess , for setting a precedent in a region that was considered the U.S. backyard. Six months later, Arbenz was out and a new ruling junta , more amiable to U.S. interests, had replaced him. In the process, the Agency not only had established the principles and tactics for all its future covert operations, but also had shaped the U.S. foreign policy for years to come. Based primarily on CIA declassified documents and Guatemalan military sources, this book explores the volatile political and military scenario in which Project PBSuccess unfolded and, for the first time, delves into a rather poorly documented aspect of the operation: The use of air power by both, the CIA and the Guatemalan Air Force. Backed by more than 20 years of careful research, the book covers the desperate attempts of the Guatemalan air arm for establishing a credible defense plan with very limited resources, and the difficulties that the Agency had to overcome in order to organize a rebel air force while navigating a sea of red tape and bureaucracy. It also examines all air operations launched prior and during the campaign, and brings to life the aircraft and the aviators that flew in those missions, sometimes with tragic results. Besides a selection of photos never published before, the book also features a section on color profiles and markings, and a set of tables detailing the identities of the aircraft involved and the missions flown, on a day-by-day basis.

Reviews

Helion's first Latin America @ War installment certainly sets high standards for the publisher's promising series. And I breathlessly await further forays. Perhaps Overall and Hagedorn will return with, say, an equally authoritative Caribbean Legion account? Rabidly recommended! Cybermodeler As well as the detailed information on the sequence of events, it is well illustrated with maps and archive photos that they have been able to assemble from a variety of sources...and it does make for some interesting reading about the Latin American region which we might otherwise have overlooked. -- Robin Buckland Military Model Scene Overall and Hagedorn's expose won't embarrass anyone in the present administration as the perpetrators are all long gone; but it's difficult not to draw parallels with the US-led Iraq invasion post-9-11. -- Paul Norman Books Monthly


About the Author

Mario Overall - Co-founder of the Latin American Aviation Historical Society, has studies of Systems Engineering at the Mariano Galvez University of Guatemala. He served in the Guatemalan Air Force as Computer Specialists and then in the same capacity with the Narcotics Affairs Section of the U.S. Embassy to Guatemala. He has authored more than 15 articles related to the history of military aviation in Central America, which have been published in renowned magazines in the U.S., Spain, Brazil, Mexico, England, France and Poland. He also has collaborated with several authors in their research work about Latin American Aviation History. Dan Hagedorn - Curator and Director of Collections at The Museum of Flight at historic Boeing Field in Seattle, Washington, is a graduate of Villa Maria College, the State University of New York, and the Command and General Staff College (U.S. Army, post-graduate). He was previously Adjunct Curator and Research Team Leader at the National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC for 19 years. Prior to that, he served in the U.S. Armed Forces for 27 years in leadership and intelligence positions worldwide and has, to date, authored 21 monographs or books detailing various aspects of aviation and aerospace history. In conjunction with the 150th Anniversary of the Smithsonian Institution, he was named an Unsung Hero of the Smithsonian Institution and was awarded the Orden Merito Santos-Dumont by the Brazilian Government for services to Latin American aviation history, in which he specializes.

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Publication date

28th February 2016

Author

Mario Overall, Dan Hagedorn

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Publisher

Helion & Company

Format

Paperback
96 pages

Categories

History of the Americas

ISBN

9781910777893

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