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)
This excellent work presents a vast amount of historical information in an engaging prose that draws the reader in and carries you along a fascinating adventure. Although he does an excellent job painting a compelling picture of Iran through the 20th century, the merit of this work is almost despoiled by the taint of anti-capitalist (socialist) bias dripping from Kinzer and saturating this book.
Still, if the listener remains attentive, the historical facts and associations elucidated make this worth the listen.
Also agree the narration could be delivered in a better style for this work.
This books tells a shocking bit about US foriegn policy (not that most of it isn't shocking). Is very well written and enjoyable to get through. It is also clear what are is politics (which I don't agree with) and what are the facts. You can come to your own conclusions.
This was a good story and helps one to understand a part of history between the US and Iran. It was a rich story in and of itself, though overdramatized by the author which eventually distracted me for the story itself.
Worth a listen, though I wouldn't get it again.
For sure I do. Because his books reflect current USA policy towards other counties. For example, regarding my country Iran, They are trying to hid what USA did in 1979 by overthrowing the Shah for the oil behind Mosadegh. Kinzer is trying to show Mosadegh as a national hero to cover the mess they did in 1979 in the middle east. This book is a shame. We, young Iranian, won't let those guys like Kinzer change our country's history.
He demonize Shah and make Mosadegh as a hero. It's been USA policy for a long time to make Mosadegh as a hero to hid the reality of what they had done during 1977 to 1979 in Iran.
Anger and disappintment
As I said we will speak up against any untrue narration about our country's history. We will tell all the world what is the reality about the Shah of Iran who was overthrown by USA and the conspiracy USA ans UK had done about it.
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