- Hardcover: 247 pages
- Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan (March 3, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0230579272
- ISBN-13: 978-0230579279
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 9 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 5 customer reviews
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Iran and the CIA: The Fall of Mosaddeq Revisited
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'The author has tackled a subject of great importance, infused with emotions and obscured by political manipulation, objectively and with care, using all available sources and to put the events in their proper context. The book deserves a wide audience and should do much to bring this episode into proper perspective. In short, a first-rate scholarly contribution which has implications for contemporary politics.'- Shahram Chubin, Director of Studies, Geneva Centre for Security Policy
'This is an important and beautifully balanced study of the overthrow of Iran's Prime Minister Mosaddeq. For over fifty years the literature has concentrated on the role of CIA and British intelligence. The author has now revealed the critical participation of important Iranian individuals and political factions.'- Charles Naas, former Director, US-Iranian Affairs at the State Department, Washington and Minister-Chargé d' Affaires in Tehran 1977-79
'It is helpful to be reminded that history often needs re-examining.' - The Economist
'This is an interesting and provocative book.' - Hugh Arbuthnott, Asian Affairs
About the Author
DARIOUSH BAYANDOR is currently an Iran analyst and historian living in Switzerland. Born Iranian, the author held diplomatic posts in New York and Tehran and was a lecturer on international law, diplomacy and international institutions in Tehran University, the National University of Tehran as well as in the diplomatic school of the foreign ministry prior to the Islamic Revolution. He joined the United Nations in 1980 where he notably headed several UN humanitarian offices in different continents, stretching over a twenty-year period.
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A flawed man the Shah most certainly was. However, it is undeniable that the Pahlavi dynasty, put in a historical context and compared to what came before and after, represented one of the most dynamic and productive eras in Iran's very long history. Iran would not exist as a sovereign entity today had Reza Shah not struggled so ferociously against British and Russian interest, who with the acquiescence of the corrupt and inept Qajar's ,were on the verge of splitting the country apart. Nor can his son's contributions to the creation of modern Iran be ignored or completely diminished.
Mossadegh will always remain a beacon to Iranians who dream that their country one day will be a stable democracy. Mossadegh and the men around him, were elite nationalists, with somewhat dubious democratic credentials, who could have brought about lasting change but were stymied by the course of history and their own miscalculations.
The losers in all of this are Iranians who as a result of the failure of both men, have ended up subjected to the brutality of a clique of third-rate degenerates who are battling each other for supremacy of a sinking ship.
Mr. Bayandor's book will hopefully shed some lights on Iran's history.
The accounts presented in the book 100% contradict all the historical documents and records available on the subject. The declassified documents from the CIA tell a totally different story. Interview with CIA living agents who were involved in the actual events, tell a different story. Documents recovered in Iran on the subject, all tell a different story.
The reader may wonder then what the author used as his sources. According to the text available in the book he cites very sketchy documents which he claims are from the British government's accounts of the coup. Historians have mocked him because the dates on the documents do not match the known dates of the coups actual events (they are dated after the coup).
Even the Washington Times, a paper which would love nothing more than to believe this fantasy, called Bayador's work as containing a "very thin element of truth", if at all.
Don't waste your money on this book. If you want to know about Iran, the CIA and the fall of Mossadeq, buy and read All the Shah's Men: An American Coup and the Roots of Middle East Terror by Stephan Kizner.
Here are the facts:
CIA Confirms Role in 1953 Iran Coup
Documents Provide New Details on Mosaddeq Overthrow and Its Aftermath
National Security Archive Calls for Release of Remaining Classified Record