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All the Shah's Men: An American Coup and the Roots of Middle East Terrorby Stephen Kinzer
Synopses & Reviews
"A very gripping read . . . a cautionary tale for our current leaders."
—The New York Times
As zealots in Washington intensify their preparations for an American attack on Iran, the story of the CIA's 1953 coup—with its many cautionary lessons—is more urgently relevant than ever. All the Shah's Men brings to life the cloak-and-dagger operation that deposed the only democratic regime Iran ever had. The coup ushered in a quarter-century of repressive rule under the Shah, stimulated the rise of Muslim fundamentalism and anti-Americanism throughout the Middle East, and exposed the folly of using violence to try to reshape Iran. Selected as one of the best books of the year by the Washington Post and the Economist, it's essential reading if you want to place the American attack of Iraq in context—and prepare for what comes next.
"An entirely engrossing, often riveting, nearly Homeric tale. . . . For anyone with more than a passing interest in how the United States got into such a pickle in the Middle East, All the Shah's Men is as good as Grisham."
—The Washington Post Book World
"An exciting narrative. [Kinzer] questions whether Americans are well served by interventions for regime change abroad, and he reminds us of the long history of Iranian resistance to great power interventions, as well as the unanticipated consequences of intervention."
—The Los Angeles Times
"A swashbuckling yarn [and] helpful reminder of an oft-neglected piece of Middle Eastern history."
—The New York Times Book Review
Book News Annotation:
The 1953 CIA-organized coup against Iran's Mohammed Mossadegh "brought Iran decades of tragedy, but also set in motion forces that have gravely undermined American national security," argues New York Times foreign correspondent Kinzer, who further contends that without the intervention Iran would probably have continued its democratic development, leading to a very different looking Middle East than the one we have today. Kinzer describes the politics of Iran in the years prior to the coup in order to provide context for the American decision to overthrow Mossadegh after he nationalized Iran's oil against he wishes of the British and their Anglo-Iranian Oil Company (now known as BP), details the machinations of the coup itself, and briefly discusses how the coup helped lead to the Revolution of 1979 and the US Embassy hostage crisis. For this new edition he includes a new preface on the folly of attacking Iran anew. Annotation ©2008 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
With a thrilling narrative that sheds much light on recent events, this national bestseller brings to life the 1953 CIA coup in Iran that ousted the country’s elected prime minister, ushered in a quarter-century of brutal rule under the Shah, and stimulated the rise of Islamic fundamentalism and anti-Americanism in the Middle East. Selected as one of the best books of the year by the Washington Post and The Economist, it now features a new preface by the author on the folly of attacking Iran.
With a thrilling narrative that sheds much light on recent events, this national bestseller brings to life the 1953 CIA coup in Iran that ousted the countrys elected prime minister, ushered in a quarter-century of brutal rule under the Shah, and stimulated the rise of Islamic fundamentalism and anti-Americanism in the Middle East. Selected as one of the best books of the year by the Washington Post and The Economist, it now features a new preface by the author on the folly of attacking Iran.
About the Author
Stephen Kinzer is an award-winning foreign correspondent who has worked in more than fifty countries. He has been New York Times bureau chief in Istanbul, Berlin, and Managua, Nicaragua. His books include Overthrow: America's Century of Regime Change from Hawaii to Iraq and Crescent and Star: Turkey Between Two Worlds.
Table of Contents
Preface to the 2008 Edition: The Folly of Attacking Iran.
Notes on Usage.
1. Good Evening, Mr. Roosevelt.
2. Curse This Fate.
3. The Last Drop of the Nation's Blood.
4. A Wave of Oil.
5. His Master's Orders.
6. Unseen Enemies Everywhere.
7. You Do Not Know How Evil They Are.
8. An Immensely Shrewd Old Man.
9. Block Headed British.
10. Pull Up Your Socks and Get Going.
11. I Knew It! They Love Me!
12. Purring Like a Giant Cat.
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