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4.19 out of 54.19 out of 54.19 out of 54.19 out of 54.19 out of 5 4.19 (27 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Stephen Kinzer Narrator: Michael Prichard Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2004 ISBN:
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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.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jen Ladd | 2/20/2014

    " Fantastic account of the CIA's role in coup in Iran. Well written and well researched. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rod | 2/13/2014

    " I love political history, and this has it all. Well written, and a quick read. Very relevant to the US's policy toward Iran today, and Iran's history with US imperialism. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ben | 2/7/2014

    " An interesting look at the last hundred years of Iran's history. Great read and quite interesting to see that British imperialism and its stubbornness is the reason for Iranians to hate the US. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Adam Elkus | 1/31/2014

    " Serviceable look at the coup event, tinted somewhat by a Chomsky-esque viewpoint. Fails to make connection to present-day MENA terror beyond Iranian regime itself. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michael Connolly | 1/28/2014

    " In 1953, Muhammad Mossadegh, the democratically elected prime minister of Iran, was overthrown by the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency, under the direction of Allen Dulles (though not discussed in this book, Allen Dulles also mentored Richard Nixon, and conspired with Jack Philby and Ibn Saud to harm Israel, so Dulles has a lot to answer for). Two justifications have been put forward for this covert operation: (1) Mossadegh nationalized British oil fields in Iran, and (2) there was a chance that Mossadegh might lead Iran into the Soviet camp. Instead, what happened was that Iran was ruled by the Shah Reza Pahlavi until 1979, when he was replaced by the mullahs. It is difficult to predict alternate futures, but if we had left Iran alone, could things really have turned out any worse than they are right now? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Judy | 1/22/2014

    " This was a great inside view of the Iranian revolution. What a difference one man's determination can make. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Javier | 1/18/2014

    " Want to know why Iran questions everything we do? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nina | 1/13/2014

    " Very interesting, and easy read book "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lauren | 1/9/2014

    " This book opened my eyes to the situation in the Middle East. Anyone interested in Iranian history should read this book. It's a history book, but it's a page-turner. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chris Krycho | 12/22/2013

    " Hindsight, of course, is 20/20, but this is certainly a damning indictment of the shortsightedness of American foreign policy in the Middle East. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Collin | 8/28/2013

    " Good Book! This explains many things about our relations with Iran "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jose | 1/30/2013

    " Iran and how things got the way they did. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ann | 9/20/2012

    " Although I don't agree with all of Kinzer's conclusions, I found this book gave great information about the coup which ousted Mosadegh in the early 1950s. It is a great read to help a person understand Iranian politics. AK "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Linda Barnes | 9/6/2012

    " As "The Looming Tower" provides a backdrop to the current state of affairs in Afghanistan and Pakistan, "All the Shah's Men" provides a readable and fascinating backdrop to Iran today. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 J Allan | 8/22/2012

    " Definitely about events most Americans could be better informed about - puts certain more recent developments into important context... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Seth | 6/3/2012

    " Want to know how this battle with Islamic terrorists really got started and why we are stuck in the middle of it? This explains it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anne Hansen | 2/16/2012

    " This was an eye opener. Anyone who reads this should be at least a little bit angry at the imperialism of the west, and a little more understanding of the deep rooted hatred coming out of Iran. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Anna | 12/6/2011

    " I enjoyed it. It reads like a novel but is a very informative historical piece. And it should make you think twice about attacking Iran today. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 RaeAnn | 10/17/2011

    " No more hiatus, back and enjoying it. The US's role in this is a bit depressing but it is an interesting tale nonetheless "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Zandrea | 9/18/2011

    " Anyone interested in the Middle East oil situation and why Iran and Iraq don't like the U.S. should read this book. The U.S. and Britain really made a mess of things in the 1950s. Very illuminating. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kyle | 1/24/2011

    " Definitely something everyone should read. I'll never look at Churchill or Eisenhower the same way (nor the middle east, BP, etc.). "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Troy | 1/2/2011

    " Kinzer is a great story teller and I recommend this book to all my friends who are just getting acquainted with Iran. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jack | 12/10/2010

    " An excellent story of the British and American action to put the Shah in control of Iran. Please read since this is a good portion of how the West has influenced the Middle East.
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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 jordan | 11/11/2010

    " There's a great deal of useful information here, but it suffers from something of a lack of a critical eye towards its sources. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Keith | 9/27/2010

    " Anyone who wants to better understand US relations with Iran should read this book. A riveting history! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Annie | 8/5/2010

    " heaps about the interference of Britain & the US in Iran - early to mid 20th century, which caused the destruction of their democracy and contributed to the rise of Islamic fundamentalism "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Connie | 7/7/2010

    " This book was recommended by my friend Walter, and it is a MUST READ! I am about halfway through, and have learned so much about Iran and the history that has contributed to our ongoing 'crisis' with that nation.

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About the Author
Author Stephen Kinzer

Stephen Kinzer is the author of Reset, Overthrow, All the Shah’s Men, and numerous other books. An award-winning foreign correspondent, he served as the New York Times’ bureau chief in Turkey, Germany, and Nicaragua and as the Boston Globe’s Latin America correspondent. He teaches international relations at Boston University and is a frequent contributor to the New York Review of Books and a columnist for the Guardian. He lives in Boston.

About the Narrator

Michael Prichard is a Los Angeles-based actor who has played several thousand characters during his career, over one hundred of them in theater and film. He is primarily heard as an audiobook narrator, having recorded well over five hundred full-length books. His numerous awards and accolades include an Audie Award for Tears in the Darkness by Michael Norman and Elizabeth M. Norman and six AudioFile Earphones Awards. He was named a Top Ten Golden Voice by SmartMoney magazine. He holds an MFA in theater from the University of Southern California.