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  • Paperback: 312 pages
  • Publisher: Just World Books (February 14, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1935982338
  • ISBN-13: 978-1935982333
  • Product Dimensions: 0.6 x 5.9 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #472,389 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Well documented and to the point.
Massoud Safavi
The main thrust of Porter’s book is to demonstrate that this crisis was „manufactured“ and the accusations were bogus, i. e. Iran never had a military nuclear program.
Dr. Ludwig Watzal
This book is a real page-turner, clearly written, and the amount of research that went into it a bit mind boggling.
Eric C. Petersen

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47 of 52 people found the following review helpful By Eric C. Petersen on February 20, 2014
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for anyone interested in the Iran nuclear kerfuffle, a group that might hopefully include the U.S. Congress or the D.C. foreign policy apparatus, albeit this book rather clearly shows these two groups have been disinterested in any facts. Lacking until the publication of this book has been a comprehensive time line review of how events in this standoff came to be; media coverage of events has been sporadic, superficial, and often factually incorrect (even by the NYT, Washington Post, LA Post) and most articles are mere messaging channels for propaganda-with-a-purpose emanating either out of D.C. or Tel Aviv. For over a decade the American public has been exposed to "startling new revelations" of Iran's nuclear weapons intent, only to see these charges disappear with time - to be replaced by more new-and-exciting allegations that in turn... As a semi-serious student of this ongoing battle I've put minimal credence in media reports but held the quarterly IAEA reports in high regard; unfortunately, as Porter demonstrates, this organization had and has an anti-Iran agenda. One of its most effective tools has been to "never close the book": The IAEA will ask for specific information on a suspected activity, Iran then provides a full answer, the IAEA agrees there is no problem, but refuses to close this file, saying it may come back at some time in the future to "reconsider." At other times its reports simply omit mention of a closed item (like the alleged nuclear trigger activity at Parchin) thereby leaving it open. The aim of this game is to never give Iran a clean bill of health despite the country's full cooperation, thereby allowing sanctions to continue to gnaw at Iran's economy to achieve the real objective - regime change.Read more ›
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Gareth Porter's "Manufactured Crisis" ought to be a prize winning book for the insight, eloquence, and detailed documentation he brings to bear on the long-running struggle by American neo-conservatives and Israeli Likud leaders to shape American policy toward Iran through one nuclear scare after another.

Our greatest newspapers, and other commentators, are shown to have been easily manipulated by calculated leaks and spin on complicated nuclear subjects. The International Agency for Atomic Energy (IAEA) was put under enormous, sustained pressure. And the American intelligence community failed to react in an objective way as happened also over Iraq. This is a cautionary tale of events not yet completed and of a war over Iran that might have happened and still might.

I believe my late father, I.F. Stone, the legendary journalist, who was known for his careful reading of documents, would have considered this book a masterpiece of close reading and careful detective work on a world-wide basis.

My organization, Catalytic Diplomacy, supported some of Gareth Porter's travel and so we read carefully his dispatches over the last few years. But, candidly speaking, I never imagined a book this powerful and complete would result from his work. Gareth, a winner of the celebrated Martha Gellhorn Award, is a magnificent journalist and the book is an exciting read.

Jeremy J. Stone
President, Federation of American Scientists (FAS) (1970-2000)
President, Catalytic Diplomacy, (1999-present)
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Ludwig Watzal on March 21, 2014
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Since the early1990s, Israel, U.S. officials and their submissive European allies, supported by their uncritical and subservient media, have been peddling allegations, fabrications, accusations and lies that the government of Iran was pursuing a secret, military adjunct to its regularly inspected civilian nuclear program. The main thrust of Porter’s book is to demonstrate that this crisis was „manufactured“ and the accusations were bogus, i. e. Iran never had a military nuclear program. For over 20 years Israeli politicians have been claiming that Iran’s nuclear device was just around the corner. Despite the political hullabaloo and Netanyahu’s call for military actions against Iran’s nuclear installations: „Netanyahu never intended to use military force against Iran, and the Obama administration was well aware of that but was hoping to exploit the threat to gain diplomatic leverage on Iran“, writes Porter.

President Obama, under severe pressure from Israel, its Zionist lobby AIPAC (American Israeli Public Affairs Committee) together with the large majority of Congress, has been leading a worldwide effort to impose crippling sanctions on Iran to force it to give up its alleged nuclear-weapons program. Up until now, there exists no evidence that Iran carried out a military nuclear program. Beyond that, Gareth Porter, a historian and investigative journalist specializing in US foreign and military policy, demonstrates that the so-called stolen documents, which apparently „proved“ Iran’s covert nuclear program, were „fraudulent“. These „mysterious documents“ were allegedly smuggled out of Iran on a laptop. The author unravels the contradictions between the material in the documents and well-established facts. Did the U.S rely for its „evidence“ on Israeli intelligence services?
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