"The invasion of Iraq in 2003 was not an isolated episode. It was the culmination of a 110-year period during which Americans overthrew fourteen governments that displeased them for various ideological, political, and economic reasons."

So writes author Stephen Kinzer in his new book Overthrow: America's Century of Regime Change from Hawaii to Iraq.

Kinzer writes that "The "regime change" in Iraq seemed for a time--a very short time--to have worked. It is now clear, however, that this operation has had terrible unintended consequences. So have most of the other coups, revolutions, and invasions that the United States has mounted to depose governments it feared or mistrusted."

Stephen Kinzer is a former New York Times foreign correspondent and author of several books, including All the Shah's Men and Bitter Fruit.