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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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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
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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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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.
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.