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Alan

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  • All the Shah's Men: An American Coup and the Roots of Middle East Terror

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Stephen Kinzer
    • Narrated By Michael Prichard
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    (217)
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    (226)

    In a cloak-and-dagger story of spies, saboteurs, and secret agents, Kinzer reveals the involvement of Eisenhower, Churchill, Kermit Roosevelt, and the CIA in Operation Ajax, which restored Mohammad Reza Shah to power. Reza imposed a tyranny that ultimately sparked the Islamic Revolution of 1979 which, in turn, inspired fundamentalists throughout the Muslim world, including the Taliban and terrorists who thrived under its protection.

    amazonman says: "Fascinating & Insightful View of US/ Iran History"
    "Fascinating & Insightful View of US/ Iran History"
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    Anyone with an interest in current events in the Middle East must read this book. I found it so interesting, I actually listened to it twice without stopping. Most Americans do not know about the fascinating history of US/British/ Iran relations and how events in 1953 profoundly impact what is happening today in the Middle East. This book reads like a riveting novel but provides a detailed factual review of US involvement in Iran and the central role of Iran's oil in the struggle for geopolitical power. Unlike many historical authors who present a slanted view of their subject, this one makes a concerted effort to show the complexity of competing interests without vilifying the US. Clearly, the view is that the US action was mistaken and that the US was lured into covert action by siding with anachronistic British colonial interests which ultimately proved disasterous. However, he also provides the historical context of the tension between the US and the expansion-minded Soviets. This book deserves six stars (not just five).

    37 of 37 people found this review helpful

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