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

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John Wiley & Sons, 2003 - History - 258 pages
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The national bestseller about America and Iran-now with new material on the coming showdown This new edition of the bestseller chosen as one of the best books of the year by the Washington Post and the Economist begins with a powerful new essay that warns against an American attack on Iran. As the drumbeat of threats against Iran intensifies in Washington, Kinzer argues that they are based on fantasies that are as dangerous as they are delusional. Any attack, he warns, would usher in another era of upheaval in Iran and the surrounding region, this time with the overlay of nuclear-tinged terror. There is more fertile ground for democratic change in Iran than in almost any other Muslim country, and Kinzer presents an alternate strategy for dealing with the burgeoning crisis there. 'As militants in Washington urge a second American attack on Iran, the story of the first one becomes more urgently relevant than ever,' Kinzer writes in his new essay. 'It shows the folly of using violence to try to reshape Iran.' 'A very gripping read.'-The New York Times '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 Stephen Kinzer (Chicago, IL) is an award-winning foreign correspondent who has worked in more than 50 countries on five continents. He has been New York Times bureau chief in Istanbul, Berlin, and Managua, Nicaragua. His other books include Overthrow: America's Century of Regime Change from Hawaii to Iraq (978-0-8050-8240-1).

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That the past is prolog is especially true in this astonishing account of the 1953 overthrow of nationalist Iranian leader Mohammed Mossadegh, who became prime minister in 1951 and immediately ... Read full review

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If you want to know why UK and US governments are so distrusted in Iran and in the Middle East you need to read this book. Follow the link below for some extracts but it’s worth buying and reading the complete book.
The pathetic duo, Bush and Blair should have read this to know who the real "axes of evil" is. But I guess they knew, it was their predecessors who passed the title and the evilness to them.
The events of 1953 and overthrow of a legitimate democratic government in Iran by Prime Minister Churchill and President Eisenhower, lead to the revolution of 1979 and the rise of the Islamic Republic and the mullahs.
Saddam backed by US and The West invaded Iran in 1980. The war cost both sides in lives and economic damage: half a million Iraqi and Iranian soldiers, as well as civilians, are believed to have died ( Iraq was provided with and used Chemical Weapons in the war and shame on all who knew and stood silent. In 1994, I do remember marching in London against the use of chemical weapons and was astonished that it was only 500 to 600 of us. Later that day a few of us visited a young Iranian soldier in hospital that was flown in to be examined for the effects of CW. As I stood there watching the large fluid blistering face and body of the dying young man, I felt ashamed to be part of the human race and knew that moment will come back to hunt humanity. Saddam the monster was created by the West. In March 16, 1998, Halabja was attached, killing thousands of civilians. By August 2, 1990 Saddam the mad man had to be disarmed and the 1st Golf War and its aftermaths and …
After the 1979 revolution, US lost their best ally in the Middle East and tried to move their spying and listening stations to north Afghanistan. Soviet Union couldn't stand idle and decided to invade Afghanistan. This lead to CIA's creation of Bin Laden, which ultimately lead to Al Qaeda, 911, Afghanistan, 2nd Iraq war and the terror that is modern life.
The world has paid a heavy price for the greed of the British Petroleum formerly the Anglo-Iranian Oil Company and their stooges, Churchill & Eisenhower. All in the name of democracy.
Never in human history has so many been enslaved in the name of freedom by so few. (Ramin Soudbakhsh, 1982). Put that in your fat cigar and smoke it!

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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.

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