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

Series : Latin America@War #1

Author : Dan Hagedorn, Mario Overall

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


General - Pages : 96 | Images : c 120 b/w photos, tables, maps, plus colour photos & profiles

Paperback - Date of Publication : February 2016 | Size : 297mm x 210mm | ISBN : 9781910777893 | Helion Book Code : HEL0654

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.


"Helion's first "Latin America@War" installment certainly sets high standards for the publisher's promising series. And I breathlessly await further forays." Cybermodeler Online


“We highly recommend this book for those readers who are interested in aviation history, Latin American history, as well as that spooky, and often fascinating, world of clandestine operations. It is heavily illustrated with period photographs, aircraft illustrations and maps of the operation. All of this, combined with the author's individual talents and expertise, come together to make this comprehensive volume.” Logbook


“ … maintains the high standard … Includes copious photographs…” Aviation Historian

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