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

Stephen Kinzer
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Jan. 1 2008 047018549X 978-0470185490 2
With a thrilling narrative that sheds much light on recent events, this national bestseller brings to life the 1953 CIA coup in Iran that ousted the country’s elected prime minister, ushered in a quarter-century of brutal rule under the Shah, and stimulated the rise of Islamic fundamentalism and anti-Americanism in the Middle East. Selected as one of the best books of the year by theWashington PostandThe Economist, it now features a new preface by the author on the folly of attacking Iran.

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"A very gripping read . . . a cautionary tale for our current leaders."
The New York Times

As zealots in Washington intensify their preparations for an American attack on Iran, the story of the CIA's 1953 coup—with its many cautionary lessons—is more urgently relevant than ever. All the Shah's Men brings to life the cloak-and-dagger operation that deposed the only democratic regime Iran ever had. The coup ushered in a quarter-century of repressive rule under the Shah, stimulated the rise of Muslim fundamentalism and anti-Americanism throughout the Middle East, and exposed the folly of using violence to try to reshape Iran. Selected as one of the best books of the year by the Washington Post and the Economist, it's essential reading if you want to place the American attack of Iraq in context—and prepare for what comes next.

"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

"An exciting narrative. [Kinzer] questions whether Americans are well served by interventions for regime change abroad, and he reminds us of the long history of Iranian resistance to great power interventions, as well as the unanticipated consequences of intervention."
The Los Angeles Times

"A swashbuckling yarn [and] helpful reminder of an oft-neglected piece of Middle Eastern history."
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About the Author

Stephen Kinzeris 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 includeOverthrow: America's Century of Regime Change from Hawaii to IraqandCrescent and Star: Turkey Between Two Worlds.

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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best about the Shah and 1953 coup Jan. 24 2014
By Bobby
Format:Paperback
Stephen Kinzer does a great job doing this book. Without going in too much details he tells the story. The reason behind the animosity the Persians have towards GB and United States meddling in the middle east. He explain details that matter without boring the readers. I have read this book twice and know it's been translated into a few other languages as well. two thumbs up
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sensitive treatment of a pivotal age Feb. 18 2013
By Brian Griffith TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
Kinzer explores the sentiments and values of all parties concerned in the tragic destruction of Iran's first democratic government. Towards the nationalist hero Mossadegh, Kinzer shows the various sides of the man's idealism, which inspired his followers, demonized his opponents, and made compromise next to impossible. Toward the Americans, Kinzer depicts the turning of American foreign policy -- from supporting the aspirations of nationalists against colonialism, to regarding all rebels against the Western powers as stooges of the communist enemy. Quite naturally, Kinzer draws implications from the story, mainly that foreign intervention to depose elected governments has long-term consequences. I feel it is a well-researched, deeply empathetic book. Writing like this can help us see the roots of bias, and maybe overcome disrespect.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars Sept. 8 2014
By Marc
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Must read about IRAN.
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