Half a century ago, the United States overthrew the democratically elected prime minister of Iran, Mohammad Mossadegh, whose "crime" was nationalizing the country's oil industry.
In a cloak-and-dagger story of spies, saboteurs, and secret agents, Kinzer reveals the involvement of Eisenhower, Churchill, Kermit Roosevelt, and the CIA in Operation Ajax, which restored Mohammad Reza Shah to power. Reza imposed a tyranny that ultimately sparked the Islamic Revolution of 1979, which, in turn, inspired fundamentalists throughout the Muslim world, including the Taliban and terrorists who thrived under its protection.
"It is not far-fetched," Kinzer asserts, "to draw a line from Operation Ajax through the Shah's repressive regime and the Islamic Revolution to the fireballs that engulfed the World Trade Center in New York."
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Fascinating, Insightful History of US-Iranian Relations
I've listened to this audio book at least three times completely and have referenced portions of it several times. The author digs into the pre-20th-century history of this nation only to the extent necessary to set the scene for the 1953 coup. The author gave all sides of the events leading to, and following, the 1953 coup fair coverage through the chapters. The book's reader also has good diction and tone. Appropriate inflection brought emphasis where I'd guess the author would have done so if he had read it himself.