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Product Details

  • Series: Modern Intellectual and Political History of the Middle East
  • Hardcover: 360 pages
  • Publisher: Syracuse Univ Pr (Sd); 1 edition (May 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0815630182
  • ISBN-13: 978-0815630180
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 6.3 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #976,520 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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

Mark J. Gasiorowski, a professor In the Department of Political Science at Louisiana State University, is the author of U.S. Foreign Policy and coeditor of Neither East nor West: Iran, the Soviet Union, and the United States. Malcolm Byrne is deputy director and research director of the George Washington University-based National Security Archive, where he directs the U.S.-Iran relations project. He is the coeditor of The Iran-Contra Scandal: The Declassified History and The Chronology.

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Malcolm Byrne is Deputy Director and Director of Research at the non-governmental National Security Archive based at The George Washington University.

He joined the Archive in 1986. Since 1990 he has supervised the research process of identifying and obtaining documentation for the Archive's collections, largely through the US Freedom of Information Act. He currently directs the U.S.-Iran Relations Project, which promotes multinational and multi-archival approaches to the study of recent historical events. Previously, he co-directed the Iran-Contra documentation project, and coordinated the Archive's project on U.S.-Soviet relations during the Cold War.

His latest book is "Iran-Contra: Reagan's Scandal and the Unchecked Abuse of Presidential Power" (University Press of Kansas, 2014). Earlier books include "The Chronology" (Warner Books, 1987), "The Iran-Contra Scandal: The Declassified History" (The New Press, 1993), and the award-winning "Mohammad Mosaddeq and the 1953 Coup in Iran" (Syracuse, 2004, with Mark Gasiorowski).

He has also published documentary volumes on US and Soviet policies toward crises in Eastern Europe during the Cold War.

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By bjcefola on February 24, 2007
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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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Ramin Faramarzi on December 29, 2007
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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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8 of 17 people found the following review helpful 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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