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All the Shah's Men: An American Coup and the Roots of Middle East Terror (2003) [audiobook+ebook]

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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superior that the company's alliance with the "corrupt ruling classes" and "leech-like bureaucracies" were "disastrous, outdated and impractical."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.

File Duration
00 Title, Author Biography, Preface.mp3 5m41s
01 c01 Good Evening, Mr. Roosevelt.mp3 43m24s
02 c02 Curse This Fate.mp3 34m40s
03 c03 The Last Drop of the Nations Blood.mp3 48m30s
04 c04 A Wave of Oil.mp3 42m49s
05 c05 His Masters Orders.mp3 58m24s
06 c06 Unseen Enemies Everywhere.mp3 50m30s
07 c07 You Do Not Know How Eveil They Are.mp3 45m18s
08 c08 An Immensely Shrewd Old Man.mp3 40m19s
09 c09 Block Headed British.mp3 42m21s
10 c10 Pull Up Your Socks and Get Going.mp3 42m53s
11 c11 I Knew It They Love Me.mp3 1h12m
12 c12 Purring Like a Giant Cat.mp3 1h3m
12 Epilogue, Credits.mp3 33m3s
Total Duration 10h22m52s

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