On June 6th, we met at the Boulder Public Library - George Reynolds Branch to discuss the book Bitter Fruit by Stephen Schlesinger and Stephen Kinzer. This book chronicles the background, events, and consequences of the CIA-orchestrated plot to overthrow democratically elected Guatemalan President Jacobo Arbenz at the request of the United Fruit Company in 1954. This coup set off a chain of events including the Guatemalan genocide of the 1980s, and shaped how the USA is viewed in Latin America to this day. We discussed the similarities between the events of this novel and modern events as well as actions of the CIA in other Latin American countries. We also discussed how it relates to our own experiences working in Guatemala.