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Reset: Iran, Turkey, and America's Future Hardcover – Bargain Price, June 8, 2010
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Most importantly, Kinzer painfully describes the counterproductive results of the last 50+ years of US foreign policy. His descriptions of Saudi funding for US Cold War dalliances, and Israel's willingness to sell arms to the most repressive elements of Central America when Congress forbid Reagan to do so, are chilling. His solutions are to create more rational and less permissive relations with Israel and Saudi Arabia, solve the Israeli/Palestinian conflict along the line of UN 242 and the Fulbright Plan, and to recognize and court Turkey as a regional bridge nation. He outlines a gradual approach with Iran to strengthen the democratic elements within that country on their own internal terms without intervention.
The timing of this book might be strained by recent the events of the Israeli/IHH flotilla travesty, and the recent "toughest sanctions ever" on Iran. However, any student of American Foreign Policy in the Middle East needs to read this book. His bibliography provides a great resource for deeper reading as well. While this book is based on solid research and academics, it is clearly written and intended for a wide audience. A great and important book.
Kinzer's argument is that both Turkey and Iran have experience with democratic politics and would make better allies for the U.S. than our current Middle East partners - Israel and Saudi Arabia. He summarizes the history of politics in Turkey and Iran, as well as our foreign policy mistakes (particularly the overthrow of Iran's only truly democratic government, chronicled in Kinzer's excellent All the Shah's Men: An American Coup and the Roots of Middle East Terror).
Reset is written for the general public and policymakers, so Kinzer covers just enough history to inform readers unfamiliar with the region. This might make it a bit shallow for scholars who have a good grounding in the politics of these countries (or those who have read Kinzer's Crescent and Star: Turkey Between Two Worlds).Read more ›
I have learned a lot from this book about Iran and how the coup that was planned against Mossadiq with British influence to protect Oil interests in Iran. Mr Kinzer's other book " Overthrow" is an incredible summary of US government interventions last 100 years as well. I recommend both of these books. The section about Mr Erdogan needs a serious Re-write,though. (re-set!?)
Unfortunately, when Mr. Kinzer discusses what he sees as the future of American foreign policy and the Middle East, he is on much weaker ground. Ultimately, the government in Iran may change but that is the responsibility of the Iranian people, not the U.S. Ideas such as the American President imposing peace in the Middle East are hallucinatory at best.
This book is irrelevant and will become more so in the future.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Really good, easy to read summary of the recent history of Turkey, Iran and the US relations. Kinzer is a great story teller!Published 15 days ago by Suzanne Pettit
Though Reset was written just before the Arab Spring and the rise of Isis, this book remains a shrewd interpretation of the deeper forces at work in the middle east. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Robert J. Crawford
the best book I have read about Iran, Turkey and greater Middle East issues and challenges. A must read for all those whom interested in learning real truth and some potential... Read morePublished 8 months ago by steve nasiri
A very interesting approach, worthy to consider given the state of Arab governments!Published 9 months ago by Henrietta A.
One of my favorite books if you want to learn about Iran and Turkey and their similar histories. Very well written and very engagingPublished 13 months ago by ashish
“Reset” by Stephen Kinzer. Subtitled: Iran, Turkey And America’s Future”.
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I picked up this book based upon the endorsement by Professor... Read more
Excellent! I am having a book signing for my The Apple Tree Blossoms in the Fall, and "Reset" will help me a lot in my discussion abouot Iran. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Armineh H. Ohanian