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All The Shah's Men by Stephen Kinzer

All The Shah's Men

by Stephen Kinzer

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Unabridged Edition
Running Time
10 Hrs.19 Min.
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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."

"... breezy storytelling and diligent research...This stands as a textbook lesson in how not to conduct foreign policy." ~Publisher's Weekly

"... He does so with a keen journalistic eye, and with a novelist's pen...in what is 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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