All the Shah's Men: An American Coup and the Roots of Middle by Stephen Kinzer

By Stephen Kinzer

With an exciting narrative that sheds a lot gentle on fresh occasions, this nationwide bestseller brings to existence the 1953 CIA coup in Iran that ousted the country’s elected best minister, ushered in a quarter-century of brutal rule below the Shah, and inspired the increase of Islamic fundamentalism and anti-Americanism within the heart East. chosen as the best books of the 12 months by way of the Washington Post and The Economist, it now contains a new preface via the writer at the folly of attacking Iran.

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Shortly before one o’clock in the morning, the rebel column drove up Kakh Street, passed the corner of Heshmatdowleh, and stopped. qxd 5/2/03 8:59 AM Page 15 G O O D E V E N I N G , M R . R O O S E V E LT 15 complex that his family had owned for many years. The gate was closed. Colonel Nasiri stepped out to demand entry. In his hand he held the firman dismissing Mossadegh from office. Behind him stood several files of soldiers. Colonel Nasiri had arrived too late. Moments after he appeared at the gate, several loyal commanders stepped from the shadows.

Its message, he recalled, was: “If you’re in a jam, get out so you don’t get killed. ” Things looked bleak for the plotters. They had lost the advantage of surprise. Several of their key agents were out of action. Their anointed prime minister, General Zahedi, was in hiding. The Shah had fled. Foreign Minister Fatemi, free after several hours in rebel custody, was making fiery speeches denouncing the Shah for his collaboration with foreign agents. ” Fatemi railed before one crowd. ” Operation Ajax had failed.

C. qxd 5/2/03 9:01 AM Page 20 20 ALL THE SHAH’S MEN Iran, and preached this creed after a series of divine visions. Zoroastrianism has had a profound effect on Persian history not simply because Cyrus used it in his audaciously successful campaign of empire-building, but because it has captured the hearts of so many believers over the course of so many centuries. The Zoroastrian religion taught Iranians that citizens have an inalienable right to enlightened leadership and that the duty of subjects is not simply to obey wise kings but also to rise up against those who are wicked.

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