All the Shah's Men

All the Shah's Men

An American Coup and the Roots of Middle East Terror

Book - 2003
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Praise for All the Shah's Men Stephen 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 Afghanistan and Iraq. - Gore Vidal, author of Lincoln, Burr, and 1876. Remarkable, readable, and relevant ... All the Shah's Men not only reads like an exciting, page-turning spy novel, it deals with the hard issues of today. -Senator Richard Lugar, Chairman, Senate Foreign Relations Committee A well-researched object lesson in the dismal folly of so-called nation-building. British and American readers of today should blush with shame. -John le Carre, author of The Spy Who Came In from the Cold and The Tailor of Panama
Publisher: Hoboken, N.J. : John Wiley & Sons, c2003.
ISBN: 9780471265177
Characteristics: xiv, 258 p., [8] p. of plates :,ill., map ;,24 cm.


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Feb 05, 2019

This is a must read for anyone interested in UNDERSTANDING why people in the Middle East mistrust United States foreign policy still to this day. Before we go talking about intervening in Iran again, have we not learned anything? The consequences of this intervention are still with us today. This book is still relevant today.

Jun 19, 2016

Only a few pages left, will return soon. Excellent and interesting book, I highly recommend it.

WVMLStaffPicks Jan 05, 2015

The 1953 overthrow of Iran’s first democratically elected Prime Minister, following the nationalization of the Anglo-Iranian Oil Company, was executed by the CIA under Eisenhower, and backed by the British under Churchill. U.S. journalist Stephen Kinzer does an excellent job of portraying this episode in Cold War history, and its fascinating cast of characters –- Teddy Roosevelt’s grandson Kermit, the Dulles brothers, the British foreign secretary, and not least of all, Mohammad Reza Shah.

Jul 26, 2014

An excellent book and important to understand that the owners of the Anglo-Iranian Oil Company [later known as BP] were the Rockefeller, Mellon and Rothschild families, and the British government. Kermit Roosevelt, leader of the coup team, would be rewarded with the VP of Gulf Oil [Mellon family[, while his cousin, Archibald Roosevelt, would be rewarded with a position with Rockefeller's Chase Bank.

noir125 Jul 16, 2014

Mr Kinzer writes with respect for the grandeur of Iranian culture and for Iran's prominence throughout history. He even mentions the in my opinion key issue behind all three US-UK coups against Iran (against Shah Reza Khan in 1941, Mossadegh in 1953 and Reza Khan's son Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi in 1979) when he says of Mr. Mossadegh that he did not attend much to the markets aspect of Caspian Sea oil worth, only the politics of it. But market competition was in fact a military competition between US&UK versus Germany during WW2, then versus Russia after WW2. Certainly UN and UK could never allow the Caspian Sea region to fall into the hands of Hitler who did enough damage without it, nor of their Cold War enemy's the USSR. What position would we be in if Mossadegh succeeded in wresting sovereignty over Caspian Sea oil from UK and then USSR invaded Iran in 1979 instead of Afghanistan?

Jan 20, 2011

this is a great story about how the united states and britain colluded in the 50's to overthrow a popularly-elected democratic leader in iran. by some accounts, one could easily suggest that the us, through it's clandestine operations, is responsible for creating the climate of distrust in the middle east which has led to the formation of contemporary terrorist organizations.

Jul 15, 2009

Very good written book on the showdown of Mohamed Reza Shah and Mohammed Mossedeq

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