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The most detailed description anyone will ever need to have of the deadly confluence of the Rockefellers' insatiable desire for oil and resources, the CIA's fanatical drive for US political hegemony, and the Christian Fundamentalists' lust for souls, and what it did to an entire continent's land and peoples for most of a century. Academics should pay great attention to exactly how linguists, anthropologists, sociologists, botanists and geologists were recruited to participate in terrorism and ge...
From this book, it is clear that most petroleum products have a direct link to oil production, which has been left over from the Rockefeller empire. This is a highly detailed and paginated historical account about this tycoon family's campaign to exploit resources for private gain and profit from disadvantaged or deemed sub-humans. It is very shocking, but this is what makes it engaging.
Holy freaking moly. Please excuse me while I go and lament the history I just read in this book. Also reading this side by side with Evangelicals made the horror even more real.
This book is essential reading, or at least perusal, by everyone. Okay, I know that it will be of most interest to those who study Latin America, Southeast Asia, and general Economic and Political History. But this book exhaustively demonstrates, through consultation with primary sources in archives in multiple countries, how Standard Oil and the Rockefellers used their personal, economic and political connections, including with evangelists working to convert "pagans" in Latin America and South...
This book is now over 20 years old, but well worth the read. Although a large volume (about 850 pages, not counting footnotes), it flows easily and is interesting. There is a lot of information unearthed about Nelson Rockefeller, the CIA and its major players, and various corporate interests in South America throughout the 20th century. The other arena explored in detail is the relationship of William Cameron Townsend (founder of Wycliffe Bible Translators, JAARS, and SIL) with Rockefeller inter...
You'll never look at Carmen Miranda the same way again. I read it in conjunction with some of Gabriel Kolko's histories, and got a real lesson in how the world's governments and industries (actually, trading blocs) work. Sounds dry, isn't.
This one took me quite a while, but was worth it. Well-organized (and exceptionally well-sourced). Though it covers a lot in detail, the authors make it coherent and fascinating. Worth it for anyone interested in the history of United States “development” of Latin America.
This should be required reading for people who laugh at "conspiracy theories that Bill Gates somehow controls ..." You can see the playbook and learn how effective it is as you turn the pages of this book.
More of a focus on Wycliffe Bible Translators than just any Rockefeller... this goes all over the place without a discernible narrative beyond missionaries and academics being used by private actors trying to influence government policy from the early 20th century to the trilateral commission days. Primarily South America but touches on Asia and the Middle East. Lots of sources.
Fascinating book on Nelson Rockefeller and the Rockefeller family, politics, native Americans, indigenous people, religion and the intrusion of these influences in opening up and degrading the Amazon rain forest and other locales.