Overthrow by Stephen Kinzer

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Overthrow, by Stephen Kinzer steps in to a view of the United stated that not many people would care to bring to light. He implies that since the 19th century as the American frontier diminished the consistent involvement of the United States in the disposition of foreign regimes has spanned the test of time, and showed the great lengths that we are willing to go to push our interests and policies. As history shows, the American business is what drives our policies, and furthering the grown of business is the concrete interest. Delving further in to” Overthrow”, Kinzer further demonstrates numerous examples that further show the American “Interest” in taking over foreign regimes, as well imposing democratic influences or the spread of national security. While these ideals have coincided with numerous overthrows, however they never really had the needed effect until business interests came in to play. It’s not difficult to see that the American government has been considered as a proverbial hit man for American business, while the American public continues to assume that our international interventions were just simple ideals of supplying freedom and democracy in to “savage” societies. This blatant step in the push of American ideology deviated from the Monroe Doctrine’s ideal of isolation, to the insistent aggressive push of the later 20th century started with the plot of missionaries turned business men in the coup to take over the Hawaiian Monarchy. The businessmen wanted to annex Hawaii in to the US, with the help of the military they attempted to gain better access to the sugar markets that were abundant within Hawaii at the time (Kinzer, 2006, p.24). Nonetheless, the troop landing to assist Lorrin Thurston’s conspiracy was not the first to happen in Hawaii, it was preceded by an earlier endeavor by the Hawaiians king using 150 US Marines as his personal
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