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Nuclear Iran: The Birth of an Atomic State

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The Iranian nuclear crisis has dominated world politics since the beginning of the century, with Iran now facing increasing diplomatic isolation, talk of military strikes against its nuclear facilities and a disastrous Middle East war. There is little real understanding of Iran's nuclear program, in particular its history, which is now over fifty years old. This groundbrea ...more
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published November 13th 2012 by I. B. Tauris
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Denny
May 10, 2013 Denny rated it really liked it
A quick course in Iran/Persia history is necessary to understand the forces affecting its nuclear power development. The author talks about the last 200 years with special emphasis on the 20th century. Events have an important role. For instance:

o In 1953, a CIA-led coup deposed the democratically elected prime minister, Mohammad Mosaddegh, and re-installed the pro-American Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi to the throne. One of the reasons: oil. Another: the Cold War. This is still a raw nerve for Ira
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Gordon
Mar 05, 2013 Gordon rated it really liked it
Our book club took an interest in the question of where Iran really stands in its nuclear program today. To lighten the approach, we read "All the Shah's Men" for a brief, though sound, historical background and favorable reading material for a book club. While All the Shah's Men stops in 1953, "Nuclear Iran" takes the ball from there and fills in the gap with a focus on the Shah's interests in a peaceful Nuclear power program through the Islamic revolution in 1979 up to today. Published/release ...more
David Dunnagan
Feb 16, 2016 David Dunnagan rated it liked it
Shelves: historical
Pros:

Exhaustively researched, filled with primary source information. Traces the program from beginning to end. Gives real insight into Iran's thinking at various points, as well as the complex political workings of the UN.

Cons:

Highly repetitive. The author has one major thesis - Iran's nuclear program is linked to its national identity and complex relationship with modernity - and he repeats it ad nauseam. And then some more.

Highly repetitive. In every chapter, the author has a few points to
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Sonja Nakhai
Nov 16, 2013 Sonja Nakhai rated it really liked it
Keine leichte Kost, aber eine umfassende und ausgewogene Darstellung.
Hakan T
Nov 18, 2014 Hakan T rated it really liked it
A good reference on the subject providing informative details.
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excellent book
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Excellently told, good in-depth record that the West should read to truly understand Iran.
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