National Geographic : 1988 Oct
The author brushed off the formative event of Guatemala's modern history-the CIA-backed coup in 1954. The true reason behind Arbenz's demise was that he angered the United Fruit Company, the largest property owner in the nation, by seizing much of its land under an agrarian reform act. STEPHEN SCHLESINGER New York, New York Mr. Schlesinger wrote, with Stephen Kinzer, Bitter Fruit: The Untold Story of the American Coup in Guatemala, Doubleday, 1982. Etruscans I was surprised to read that apa means "father" in Etruscan (June 1988), because it means exactly the same in Hungarian, another "out of place" language in Europe. ERWIN FUCHS Seattle, Washington The Etruscan calendar of offerings on page 726 appears very similar to the ancient Cretan Phais tos Disk shown on page 174 of your February 1978 article "Greece's Brilliant Bronze Age." RONALD M. KELLY Murfreesboro,North Carolina It is, although a millennium separates the two.