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Red Library: A Political Education Podcast for Today's Left

Jul 20, 2020

Part of Red Library's Revolutionary Politics in Central and South America Series

At long last, we finally tackle the Guatemalan Revolution and the tragic rise and fall of Jacobo Arbenz in 1954 in a monstrous, dense two-part episode on Shattered Hope: The Guatemalan Revolution and the United States 1944-1954 by Piero Gleijeses.

In part 2, we pick up on Jacobo Arbenz's presidency, Decree 900 and agrarian reform in Guatemala, the beginnings of the CIA plot to out Arbenz, and take it all the way up to the final tragic days of Arbenz as the U.S.-backed coup led by Castillo Armas closes in on Guatemala City. We do our best to wrap up the episode and talk about what we can take away from studying the history of a communist vision for Guatemala that was brutally extinguished in the 1950's.

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