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Stephen Kinzer is a United States author and newspaper reporter. He is a veteran New York Times correspondent who has reported from more than fifty countries on five continents. During the 1980s he covered revolution and social upheaval in Central America. In 1990, he was promoted to bureau chief of the Berlin bureau and covered the growth of Eastern and Central Europe as they emerged from Soviet rule. He was also New York Times bureau chief in Istanbul (Turkey) from 1996 to 2000. He currently teaches journalism and United States foreign policy at Boston University.
Kinzer has written several non-fiction books about Turkey, Central America, Iran, the US overthrow of foreign governments from the late 19th century to the present, and about Rwanda's recovery from genocide.
Kinzer has spoken out widely against a potential U.S. attack on Iran, warning that it would destroy the pro-US sentiment that has become widespread among the Iranian populace under the repressive Islamic regime. He is also a fierce opponent of US foreign policy toward Latin America. In a 2010 interview with Imagineer Magazine, he stated:
The effects of U.S. intervention in Latin America have been overwhelming negative. They have had the effect of reinforcing brutal and unjust social systems and crushing people who are fighting for what we would actually call “American values.” In many cases, if you take Chile, Guatemala, or Honduras for examples, we actually overthrew governments that had principles similar to ours and replaced those democratic, quasi-democratic, or nationalist leaders with people who detest everything the United States stands for.
In Overthrow: America's Century of Regime Change From Hawaii to Iraq, Kinzer critiques US foreign policy as overly interventionist.
In his book A Thousand Hills: Rwanda's Rebirth and the Man who Dreamed It, Kinzer credits President Paul Kagame for the peace, development, and stability that Rwanda has enjoyed in the years after the Rwandan genocide, and criticizes the leaders of Rwanda before the genocide such as Juvenal Habyarimana.
While stationed in Istanbul, Kinzer hosted a weekly radio program on local open-access station Acik Radyo under the name Blues Baba.
- Bitter Fruit: The Story of the American Coup in Guatemala, with Stephen Schlesinger; Doubleday, 1982; revised ed. Harvard University Press, ISBN 0-674-07590-0
- Crescent and Star: Turkey Between Two Worlds, Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2001, ISBN 0-374-13143-0
- All the Shah's Men: An American Coup and the Roots of Middle East Terror, John Wiley & Sons, 2003, ISBN 0-471-26517-9
- Overthrow: America's Century of Regime Change from Hawaii to Iraq, Times Books, 2006, ISBN 0-8050-7861-4
- Blood of Brothers: Life and War in Nicaragua, with a new afterword, Harvard University Press, 2007, ISBN 0-674-02593-8
- A Thousand Hills: Rwanda's Rebirth and the Man Who Dreamed It, John Wiley & Sons, 2008, ISBN 978-0-470-12015-6
- Reset: Iran, Turkey, and America's Future, Times Books, 2010, ISBN 978-0-8050-9127-4.
- Reset also published as Reset Middle East: Old Friends and New Alliances: Saudi Arabia, Israel, Turkey, Iran, I.B. Tauris, 2010, ISBN 978-1-84885-765-0
- The Brothers: John Foster Dulles, Allen Dulles, and Their Secret World War, Times Books, 2013. ISBN 978-0-8050-9497-8.
- Stephen Kinzer's personal website, July 2008 (videos, articles, pictures, bio, book info, upcoming events)
- Interview about the United States and Iran, Democracy Now!, March 3, 2008 (video, audio, and print transcript)
- Interview with Kinzer for Guernica Magazine
- Booknotes interview with Kinzer on Crescent & Star: Turkey Between Two Worlds, October 21, 2001.
- "Empirical Evidence", on WNYC's The Brian Lehrer Show, April 26, 2006
- "Author Kinzer Charts 'Century of Regime Change'" on NPR's Fresh Air, April 5, 2006
- Part 1: Overthrow: America's Century of Regime Change from Hawaii to Iraq, Democracy Now!, April 21, 2006 (video, audio, and print transcript)
- Part 2: Overthrow: America's Century of Regime Change from Hawaii to Iraq, Democracy Now!, May 8, 2006 (video, audio, and print transcript)
- Interview with Stephen Kinzer and Martha Cardenas (mp3) February 10, 2008
- Interview with Stephen Kinzer in Imagineer Magazine on Latin American foreign policy
- Stephen Kinzer: "Reset: Iran, Turkey, and America’s Future" – video interview
- Stephen Kinzer on the History of BP/British Petroleum and Its Role in the 1953 Iran Coup
- Kinzer discusses The Brothers, his book on the Dulles brothers, on Fresh Air with Terry Gross, October 16 2013