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All the Shah's Men: An American Coup and the Roots of Middle East Terror | [Stephen Kinzer]

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

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.
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Audible Editor Reviews

With his fast-paced narrative and deep ferreting out of the facts, Kinzer reassembles the CIA's 1953 coup of Mohammad Mossadegh, the democratically elected leader of Iran in favor of the bloodthirsty dictatorship of Mohammad Reza Shah, who is believed to have been a puppet for the US government.

If you like Robert Ludlum or John Le Carre, you'll delight in Kinzer's account of the return of the Shah to Iran. It's written and performed like a spy novel, with code names, secret meetings, and last-minute plot twists. Kinzer's a long-time, highly experienced New York Times foreign correspondent, so he's deft at crafting hard facts into compelling narrative.

Michael Prichard, a veteran narrator of everything from walking tours to military nonfiction, maintains a deliberate and steady pace. No shocking detail is overemphasized, and this contributes to the overall impact of the book.

What's most frightening is that in the middle of this listen you begin to see connections between the installation of the Shah in Iran and the events of 9/11. "Past is prologue" has rarely been as accurate as it is here.

Publisher's Summary

Half a century ago, the United States overthrew the democratically elected prime minister of Iran, Mohammad Mossadegh, whose "crime" was nationalizing the country's oil industry.

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.

What the Critics Say

"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)

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    Alireza West Vancouver, BC, Canada 02-15-13
    Alireza West Vancouver, BC, Canada 02-15-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Bias history telling. Full of contradictions"
    Would you try another book from Stephen Kinzer and/or Michael Prichard?

    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.


    What was most disappointing about Stephen Kinzer’s story?

    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.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Anger and disappintment


    Any additional comments?

    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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    R. Pelletier 03-29-06 Listener Since 2003
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    "Good story, over dramatized."

    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.

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    John C. Roberts Utah 01-26-05
    John C. Roberts Utah 01-26-05 Member Since 2004
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    "Real Eye Opener- Great book"

    Great book....

    1 of 6 people found this review helpful
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