The Guatemalan Revolution


For ten short years between 1944 and 1954 the poor Central American country of Guatemala was afforded a taste of freedom, democracy, and social change.  That taste was bitter-sweet, however, since a U.S. backed coup brought down the democratically elected administration of Pres. Jacabo Abenz.  In the wake of the coup of ’54 Guatemala has once again become the prisoner of ruthless and oppressive tyrants. 


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The CIA complete declassified files on operation PBSUCCESS

Other Latin American Revolutions webpages


Works Cited

The following sources were used to compile this website and are cited throughout


Cullather, Nick. Secret History: The CIA’s Classified Account of its Operations in

Guatemala 1952-1954. Stanford: Stanford University Press, 1999.


Gleijeses, Piero. “Agrarian Reforms of Jacabo Arbenz.” Journal of Latin American Studies

21 (1989): 453-478.


Karabell, Zachary. Architects of Intervention: The United States, the Third World, and the

Cold War, 1946-1962. Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 1999.


McCann, Thomas P. An American Company: The Tragedy of United Fruit. New York:     Crown Publishers, 1976.





Dan McCoy and Al Caniglia


Last updated 12/01/03