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Mohammad Mosaddeq and the 1953 Coup in Iran (Modern Intellectual and Political History of the Middle East) Hardcover – May 1, 2004

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. . . . essays by eminent Iranologists provides an exhaustive analysis of the sequence of events, reasons for the coup. . . . -- Choice

An absolute must-read for any student of recent U.S. and Iranian history individually, of the relations of each with . . . . -- Andrew J. Newman, The Middle East and South Asia Folklore Bulletin

More books should have such a pedigree. . . . Seven polished studies that speak to each other. . . -- Foreign Affairs

About the Author

Malcolm Byrne is Deputy Director and Research Director at the National Security Archive. He is the coauthor of Becoming Enemies: U.S.-Iran Relations in the Iran-Iraq War, 1979-1988.

Mark J. Gasiorowski, a professor in the Department of Political Science at Louisiana State University, is the author of U.S. Foreign Policy and the Shah and coeditor of Neither East nor West: Iran, the Soviet Union, and the United States.
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Product Details

  • Series: Modern Intellectual and Political History of the Middle East
  • Hardcover: 408 pages
  • Publisher: Syracuse University Press; 1 edition (May 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0815630182
  • ISBN-13: 978-0815630180
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 1.1 x 9.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #970,521 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
The book contains a series of essays fleshing out the circumstances of the 1953 overthrow of Mossadeq. The American sponsored coup ended a decade long struggle to democratize Iran, and the monarchy didn't face a serious political challenge again until it's demise in the revolution of 1979.

The essays in this book address important questions: why was the National Front so weak? Why did it ultimately take so little to overthrow Mossadeq, and what was the role of the communist Tudeh party? Why did Eisenhower support the coup? It also raises some interesting questions: How did Mossadeq shift the economy completely away from oil dependency without causing mass unemployment or recession, what parties lost in that shift and what effect did they have on National Front support?

Missing from the edition is a critical analysis of Mossadeq himself. He relied on mass demonstrations rather then political coalitions for power, and fundamentally did not seem to want power unless people begged him to accept it. Is it any wonder his partners turned on him?

I'd recommend this as the second book people read for understanding 1953.
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If you are from Iran or not, its a must read. Gives insight to the
complexity of Politics in the Middle East and how being patriotic
is perceived by the governments outside of Iran. Needless to say
change of government when orchestrated from abroad does have
bad results in the long run, in Iran, Iraq, or any other country.
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Having witnessed the hate towards the UK and US in South Tehran soon after the coup, I found this an immensely important account of Iran's national hero and America's first of too many regime changes. Highly relevant today with a possible reconciliation on the horizon. John Waller
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By A Customer on June 18, 2004
Format: Hardcover
Based on archival research, the book provides many new details. However, I would have liked to have a seen a discussion of Ayatollah Kashani's position with respect to Iranian oil exports to Israel.
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I really disliked this book. I understood that they wanted to give different perspectives and views on the coup and mossadeq, but I never heard of Mohammad Mosaddeq before, nor the coup of 1953 that is obviously overshadowed by the 1979. I was lost and confused. It was not a fun semester.
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