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

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« on: June 29, 2010, 02:58:04 pm »

"All the Shah's Men: An American Coup and the Roots of Middle East Terror" [Paperback] Outstanding Exploration of How the Current Theocracy in Iran is a Backlash to the CIA/British Coup of a Democratically Elected President In Iran Over Oil. The Costs of Empire and Evil.
By Stephen Kinzer's Review (excerpt)
This is one of the most remarkable books BuzzFlash has sold in the past years. This is a reprint of Stephen Kinzer's riveting and revealing untangling of the 1953 CIA coup against a popular Western style democratically elected president of Iran. Why did the CIA remove him from power and replace him with the SAVAK Shah? Because of oil, of course. The British ran the oil concession in Iran as if it were on British soil and Mossadegh thought that was a little unfair, so the CIA gave him the boot and today we have the backlash.

If you want one story the encapsulates all the facets of the American empire's real motives (natural resources and hegemony, not democracy), this book captures it all.

Highly, highly recommended.

There is even a BP connection, because their forerunner pumped the oil in Iran for the remnants of the British empire and American interests.

"With breezy storytelling and diligent research, Kinzer has reconstructed the CIA's 1953 overthrow of the elected leader of Iran, Mohammad Mossadegh, who was wildly popular at home for having nationalized his country's oil industry. The coup ushered in the long and brutal dictatorship of Mohammad Reza Shah, widely seen as a U.S. puppet and himself overthrown by the Islamic revolution of 1979. At its best this work reads like a spy novel, with code names and informants, midnight meetings with the monarch and a last-minute plot twist when the CIA's plan, called Operation Ajax, nearly goes awry. A veteran New York Times foreign correspondent and the author of books on Nicaragua (Blood of Brothers) and Turkey (Crescent and Star), Kinzer has combed memoirs, academic works, government documents and news stories to produce this blow-by-blow account. He shows that until early in 1953, Great Britain and the Anglo-Iranian Oil Company were the imperialist baddies of this tale. Intransigent in the face of Iran's demands for a fairer share of oil profits and better conditions for workers, British Foreign Secretary Herbert Morrison exacerbated tension with his attitude that the challenge from Iran was, in Kinzer's words, "a simple matter of ignorant natives rebelling against the forces of civilization." Before the crisis peaked, a high-ranking employee of Anglo-Iranian wrote to a superior that the company's alliance with the "corrupt ruling classes" and "leech-like bureaucracies" were "disastrous, outdated and impractical." This stands as a textbook lesson in how not to conduct foreign policy."
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