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The Coup: 1953, The CIA, and The Roots of Modern U.S.-Iranian Relations Hardcover – February 5, 2013
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The CIA-sponsored coup in 1953 that deposed Muhammad Mossadeq, Iran's popular prime minister, is often noted as a failure of interventionist foreign policy. In this slim, readable volume, Iran scholar Abrahamian (A History of Modern Iran) delves into the genesis and aftermath of that operation, challenging the idea that Mossadeq's intransigence made the putsch inevitable. Making extensive use of recently declassified diplomatic cables and the archives of multinational oil companiesespecially the Anglo-Iranian Oil Company, now BPthe author makes the case that the U.K. and the U.S., unwilling to back down over the hard issue of nationalization [of the oil industry]... were the main stumbling blocks’ in the relationship between Iran and the West. . . . his primer skillfully weaves together primary sources to tell an engaging tale of the machinations, intrigues, and personalities at the heart of the crisis.”
"Abrahamian has done for Iran what de Tocqueville did for France."
Edward Mortimer, author of Faith and Power: The Politics of Islam, on Ervand Abrahamian’s A History of Modern Iran
"A relevant, readable study of the foreign-engineered 1953 Iranian coup reminds us of the cause that won’t go away: oil."
"In this thorough, wellresearched work, Abrahamian (Iranian & Middle Eastern history & politics, CUNY) breaks down the generally accepted understanding of the details behind the 1953 CIArun coup that ousted Iran’s prime minister, Muhammad Mossadeq, and supported the shah. The author reveals some of the primary motivations behind the current Iranian hostility toward the United States and other Western governments. Through his welldocumented research, Abrahamian paints a picture of the coup in the context of British and U.S. oil interests, contrasting these motivations with the desire to curb the spread of Soviet influences. In his examination of information recently made available from the British Foreign Office, the U.S. Department of State, the AngloIranian Oil Company (now BP), and other government documents, Abrahamian pieces together the intricacies of the relationships among these parties and provides a sound argument for the control of oil resources as the dominating issue behind the coup. VERDICT This latest research from Abrahamian is a must read for anyone wanting a clearer understanding of the history behind current U.S.Iranian relations. Recommended for Middle Easthistory enthusiasts and specialists, as well as those seeking a full understanding of current international affairs."
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The book provides unshakable evidence of the CIA’s direct involvement in the coup, return of the Shah and strangulation of a budding democracy in Iran. It also hopefully puts a stop to the arguments of the "Coup Deniers" who have used the present regime’s-- mildly stated-- misdeeds to distort the facts. Undeniably reading the book takes time, despite its small size. The reason is absorption of the references and the unfamiliarity of some of the characters involved, long gone. It should be a book to have and read time and again. To keep the memories alive, to remind further actors who keep inventing the wheel again and again of repeating the same mistakes and to realize the Red Thread that extends from that historical event to today’s Middle East and the blowback it created for the United States. It is a sad but excellent book, but so is history.
Abrahamian utilizes the major known sources well: the files of the AIOC and the international oil producers (the Seven Sisters), the documents of the UK that have been de-classified under the 30 year rules, and the US records , some de-classified State Dept. Records as well as some CIA memos and memoirs that have become available since especially 2000.There is plenty of long quoted passages from these primary sources to provide the evidence for Abrahamian's arguments.
But Abrahamian also offers a nice analysis of the historical literature on the coup, showing how the interpretations have evolved. The early accounts were mainly official justifications reflecting President Eisenhower's speech on the coup, that Iran was faltering into instability that could have led to communism and the US could not sit by and watch that happen. The Shah became a central figure as a cornerstone of support for the West against communist threats to Iran and the Middle East. The advent of the Islamic Republic and the collapse of the Shah in 1979 saw the first major revisions by historians, who discovered Mossadeq as an alternative to both the Shah and Khomeini. Since then analysis has focused on the rise and fall of Mossadeq and the National Front and the origins of the coup. Abrahamian emphasizes the issue of control over Iran's oil reserves as the crucial point of the contest and argues that Mossadeq's position was more flexible than that of the UK and the oil producers. That the fall of Mossadeq brought on the revolution of the Islamic Republic, the end of the shahs, and the advent of Islamic fundamentalism is a widely shared perspective now.
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