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The Eagle and the Lion: The Tragedy of American-Iranian Relations

3.86  ·  Rating Details ·  56 Ratings  ·  4 Reviews
A thought-provoking exploration of the American-Iranian relationship, from the 1940s through the Iran-Contra affair and its aftermath. James Bill, a well-known authority on the Middle East, has not only lived in Iran but also closely observed U.S. policy-making toward that country. He draws on interviews with many of the key American and Iranian figures, embassy files, Per ...more
Paperback, 534 pages
Published September 10th 1989 by Yale University Press (first published January 1st 1988)
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Craig Werner
May 26, 2016 Craig Werner rated it it was ok
Shelves: sixties
Got some information about what was happening in Iran during the 1960s--the part of the book I read--but beyond that, not impressive. The book bogs down in the details of personal relationships between Iranians and American diplomats, pop psychology about LBJ, with a lot of repetition. The moral is clear: the US made a hash of its relationship with the Shah. Still looking for a source that goes deeper.
Msmathews
The author was a student of my friends son ... just won the Pulitzer prize!
Katie
Dec 03, 2007 Katie rated it it was ok
Fairly detailed and economic. Not that it isn't well done; just not the sort of book I like to read cover to cover.
Kristine
Paykon, my coworker, said this seems to tell both sides better than the other book - so to read them in tandem.
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