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.
"It is not far-fetched," Kinzer asserts, "to draw a line from Operation Ajax through the Shah's repressive regime and the Islamic Revolution to the fireballs that engulfed the World Trade Center in New York."
©2003 Stephen Kinzer; (P)2003 Tantor Media, Inc.
"Breezy storytelling and diligent research....This stands as a textbook lesson in how not to conduct foreign policy." (Publisher's Weekly)
"With a keen journalistic eye, and with a novelist's pen....a very gripping read." (The New York Times)
"Kinzer's brilliant reconstruction of the Iranian coup is made even more fascinating by the fact that it is true. It is as gripping as a thriller, and also tells much about why the United States is involved today in places like Afgahanistan and Iraq." (Gore Vidal)
Wanting another perspective on the history of the Middle East and US involvement, I gave this book a listen. I found it thoroughly entertaining and enlightening. I am also deeply troubled and saddened. I mentioned to a friend, and former political diplomat for the US, that I was enjoying this historic perspective and was warned that Kinzer is a Russian sympathizer...and so the legacy of lies and propaganda continues.
I wish had more time to read but since I don't I listen to books on Audible! Lover of history.
If you want to understand the U.S. relationship to Iran read this book! Amazing detail.
This book makes it clear that we (the US) have often given up our principles for expediency. In the case of Iran, we have not just supported a dictator, we have actually destroyed a democracy to put our man in power. Our excuse: We were paranoid about the Soviet Union. When it comes to the Middle East, our foreign policy has been a disaster and it all started with Iran.
Great history of how the British and CIA led to the 1979 Revolution and ongoing friction with the US/Iran into clear focus. It somewhat downplays Ike's fears that if we didn't solidify the Shah's power the Soviets may invade Iran, which may have had cataclysmic consequences. This book is 95%about the deposing of Mosaddegh and 5% about the Shaw's atrocities. I thought, going in, it would be 50/50. Still, a great historical record of Mosaddegh's downfall.
This was a very good audiobook. Fascinating to hear how foreign intervention for oil has had impact 60 years later.
Narrator was quite good. Only star lost was sometimes I could hear whistling breaths between sentences. Annoying at first but quickly absorbed by the content.
This well-researched, well-written tells how the British convinced the American government to overthrow Iran's democratically elected government in 1953 to reclaim access to Iranian oil.
One of the absolute BEST!
The absolute corruption that permeates every government, every country, no matter if they are the 'good guys' or the 'bad guys'.
It was exciting and a bit depressing all at once.
So much great information. Some was surprising, some was new to me but I wasn't surprised (like how corrupt governments are).
This book is ESSENTIAL if you want to begin to understand the conflicts in the Middle East and the whole 'Islam vs. Christianity' thing. Without taking any sides, this book provides so much insight into the entire situation, it at least allows you to begin to understand that both 'sides' of the fight have valid points.
Not a solution to the world's problems, but definitely more information, intrigue and corruption than you even knew existed!
If you think you know about terrorism in the 21st Century, stop sounding like an idiot when you chat with your friends and coworkers, and listen to this book. I guarantee you had no idea there was such a long history in this part of the world that directly affects what is going on today!
For anyone wanting to understand the current conflict in the middle east, you need to listen to this book. The facts are presented without bias. Make your own decision.
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