I am an honors history major and studied US history and US foreign policy. I was aware of some mistakes by the US, such as giving Japanese occupiers of Korea power and then, Korean collaborators of the Japanese over regional people's committees; ignoring the gross corruption of Chiang Kai-shek's Nationalist regime during the 1945-1949 civil war; ignoring the blatantly unfair practices of the Shah of Iran prior to the 1979 revolution; meddling in Brazil's internal affairs in the mid-1960s. But after reading this book, all I can say is that I wish it had been part of my college material, for although I read many books, this would have enriched my education.
The United States remains a wonderful country full of opportunities for its citizens and for legal immigrants who obey the law and contribute to the nation's well being; its freedoms, natural beauties, and cultural advancement are not to be questioned. But as far as American integrity abroad... The United States IS NOT a force for democracy. It has continually labeled internal rebellions and legitimately elected officials "communists" whenever Washington disliked the ruler or disagreed with the country's independent and non-hostile foreign policy.
I regret to confess that I have lost respect for the government of the US, and that I must rank it with the hypocritical Japanese government in terms of honesty about its past--it has not only been communist dictatorships that lied and used propaganda to deceive its own people. American foreign policy has killed millions of innocent people, and it is their blood that colors the red square in the Stars and Stripes.
A must reading for all history lovers and for all who really want to know what this great country of ours is doing abroad.