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All the Shah's Men: An American Coup and the Roots of Middle East Terror

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An American Coup & the Roots of Middle East Terror
Half a century ago, the United States overthrew a Middle Eastern government for the first time. The victim was Mohammad Mossadegh, the democratically elected prime minister of Iran. Although the coup seemed a success at first, today it serves as a chilling lesson about the dangers of foreign intervention.In this book, v
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Published August 1st 2004 by John Wiley & Sons (Hoboken, NJ) (first published 2003)
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Jul 29, 2008 rated it it was amazing
I just re-read this book in preparation for a book club. This book is the tragic story of a CIA operation that removed one of the only democratically elected leaders in the Middle-East. Mossadegh came into power and angered the British by nationalizing Iranian Oil and the British were determined to oust him from office. After Truman (who opposed a coup) left office and Eisenhower came to office, the Americans also signed on and actually conducted the coup. This story is so tragic (especially if ...more
Amira Mahmoud
لا جديد في هذا العالم إلا ما نجهله من التاريخ

لست من قراء التاريخ ربما لأن قراءة التاريخ تبدو ليّ سياسية إلى حد كبير حتى في ذلك الوقت الذي تقرأ به عن التاريخ الثقافي والفكري لأحد البلدان لا يمكن القراءة عنه بمعزل عن تاريخها السياسي لذا أجدني لا أفضل ذلك النوع من الكُتب لعدم تفضيلي بل ونفوري أحيانًا من السجالات السياسي، فليس هناك حقبة ما أو بلد ما تجذبني للقراءة في تاريخها، لكنني من وقت لآخر اختطف كتاب يتحدث عن فترة هامة ما بتركيز وتكثيف أشعر معه أنني حقًا عرفت كل شيء يخص تلك الحقبة وكأنني عايشت
Mohamed Shady
Sep 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
يبدو أن عليًا (كرم الله وجهه) يتجسد بين الحين والآخر في أرواح المتمردين والثوّار.
هذه قصة علي دون زيادة أو نقصان، في البداية يواجه أعداءه وفي النهاية يواجه أصدقاءه الذين انقلبوا عليه وتركوه وحيدًا.
مصّدق الذي حمل رسالة الديمقراطية فوق رأسه وكان أملًا عظيمًا وضوءًا ساطعًا وسط ظلمات من الجهل والتعصب والديكتاتورية.

الإرهاب صناعة غربية بالكامل.
Eye-opening, sad and infuriating read. Tells how the U.S. destroyed the birth of democracy in the middle east, which began in Iran, and now falsely accuses Iran as a sponsor of Mid-East terrorism, when in truth, it's the Saudis!
Always remember majority of Islamist terrorists are 'Sunni' Muslims, while Iran are Shia Muslims!
Tom LA
Nov 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
Wow, such a great book. I had read Kinzer’s “The brothers” a few years ago, about the Dulles brothers, and found it just as engaging, well-written, and well researched.

Kinzer has a real gift to write history that is deep, accurate and, at the same time, as gripping as a novel.

I’ve often found that many history books that are very engaging lack a certain depth or seriousness. “All the Shah’s men” does not — it’s both a gripping tale, almost a page turner, and a really good history book.

The onl
Amr Mohamed
بالرغم من معرفتي بنجاح عملية أجاكس التي قامت بها المخابرات الأمريكية للانقلاب على مصدق رئيس وزراء ايران ولكن عندما بدأ الكتاب بذكر أول محاولة للانقلاب والتي فشلت انتابني فرحة لأنتصار مؤقت و التغلب على أمريكا وبريطانيا وعملائهم وديكتاتورية الشاه

ملخص الانقلاب على مصدق هو ما يتم منذ سنوات فى جميع بلادنا وبلاد اخري , فموارد البلد وحتي الشعب نفسه مجرد وسيلة لحصول القوي العظمي على جميع خيرات البلد ومن يحاول فقط ان يقول هذا من حقنا يقتلوه او ينقلبوا عليه
مصدق رجل كان يحاول فقط ان يجعل نفط (البترول) إيرا
Steve Kettmann
May 02, 2010 rated it really liked it
My S.F. Chronicle review from 2003:

Nearly two years after the shock of Sept. 11, 2001, it's fair to start poking through the legacy of U.S. foreign policy and raise troubling questions about the extent to which our own past misdeeds ultimately boomeranged on us. Few readers of "All the Shah's Men," by longtime New York Times foreign correspondent Stephen Kinzer, can come away without grave suspicions that Sept.
11 was in many ways a self-inflicted wound.

What American crime could explain so sens
Mahdi Lotfi
همه مردان شاه (به انگلیسی: All the Shah's Men) عنوان کتابی از خبرنگار امریکایی استیون کینزر است. این کتاب کودتای ۲۸ مرداد را در قالب روایتی داستانی و رمانگونه مورد بررسی قرار میدهد.
مقدمه نگارنده
روزی به ضیافت معرفی کتاب یک خانم مسن ایرانی که خاطراتش را منتشر کرده بود، دعوت شدم. وی یک ساعت دربارهی زندگی پرماجرایش صحبت کرد و اگرچه هیچ سخنی دربارهی سیاست به میان نیاورد، به طور گذرا اشاره کرد که با محمّد مصدق، نخستوزیر سالهای ۱۳۳۰ ـ ۱۳۳۲ که سازمان اطلاعاتی مرکزی آمریکا (سیا) سرنگونش کرد، فامیل است.
Oct 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: world-history
Iran has a long and distinct history. Beginning in the 6th century BC with Cyrus, followed by Xerxes and Darius and on to the present, Iran’s people have had a common identity. The adoption of Shiism in the 7th century AD imparted a common set of values. Since then Arabs, Mongols and Turks ruled Iran. In the 19th century the decadent Qajar rulers exploited Iran to support their opulent lifestyle. In 1925 they were overthrown by a British engineered coup conducted to thwart Russia. The British pl ...more
Jon(athan) Nakapalau
The overthrow of Mohammad Mossadegh is one of the little known events that lead to Mohammad Reza Shah coming to power in Iran. This book looks at the tragic aftermath - and the continuing strife - that was a direct result of this act.
Erik Graff
Aug 05, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Americans
Recommended to Erik by: Einar Graff
Shelves: history
Although over ninety, Dad is unusually active. He is a docent at the Dundee Historical Society and, thanks to the influence of his Danish wife, Lene, takes courses as a non-degree-seeking student at the Roosevelt University campus out in dreary Schaumburg, Illinois. He tends towards history and political science, having said at one time that he enjoys ganging up with the liberal teachers against his mostly right-wing, fellow suburban students. (Dad always was a pinkish Democrat.) This book was r ...more
May 25, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
تفو بر تو ای چرخ گردون تفو.
از لحاظ نوشتاری کتاب بسیار خوش خوانی هست. عناوین هر فصل از جملات کلیدی داخل فصل انتخاب شدند که بسیار هنرمندانه و زیبا انتخاب شدند. ایده ی اصلی جناب کینزر اینه که پا گرفتن دیکتاتوری محمدرضا شاه، انقلاب اسلامی و نفرتی که ایرانیان از آمریکایی ها نشون دادند همگی حاصل کودتای 28 مرداد بودند که برای همیشه دیدگاه جهان سوم رو نسبت به آمریکا عوض کرد. انقلاب ایران الهام بخش بنیادگرایان اسلامی شد و 11 سپتامبر رو ایجاد کرد. اوایل خوندن فکر می کردم کتاب برام تکرار مکررات باشه چون خ
Ronald Schoedel
Feb 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: audiobooks
An alternate title of this book could be "United States: Strangler of Infant Democracies". It is pretty well known among scholars and international relations experts that anti-American Mideast terrorism has its roots in the US coup that overthrew Iran's first-ever democratically elected prime minister in 1953. This book explains the history of Iran, its governments, its oppression at the hands of colonialists, its exploitation by the British oil industry, and how Britain talked the United States ...more
Dr Osama
Nov 06, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
كتاب أتباع الشاه، انقلاب أمريكي وجذور الإرهاب في الشرق الأوسط للكاتب ستيفن كينرز وترجمة سهى الشامي. يتألف الكتاب من إثنا عشر فصلا تتناول موضوعا هاما في تاريخ إيران الحديث وهو تدخل الاستخبارات الأمريكية لخلع رئيس وزراء الأيراني محمد مصدق في العام 1953 وإعادة الشاه محمد رضا بهلوي بعد هروبه. يطرح الكاتب فكرة جوهرية مفادها بأن تدخل أمريكا لخلع مصدق كان سببا في توقف المد الديموقراطي في إيران وما أعقبه من تقوية نظام الشاه وما أنتجه من تفجر الثورة في نهاية السبعينات. يدافع الكاتب عن رأي مفاده بأن ما نع ...more
Aya  Youssef

إيران دولة أجدها شيقة ومثيرة للاهتمام ودائمًا ما أجد شيء يجذبني للقراءة عن تاريخها وهذا الكتاب الممتع كان مدخلًا لمعرفة شيء عن طبيعة تاريخ إيران ما قبل الثورة الإسلامية وتفاصيل الإنقلاب الذي دبره الإنجليز والأمريكان ضد حكومة مصدق التي كانت تدافع عن حق الإيرانيين في النفط وكانت تحمل بذور وقيم الديمقراطية .
يسرد الكتاب تفاصيل العملية (أياكس) ثم يحلل مدى ضرورة وتأثير هذا الإنقلاب على المدى البعيد وما ترتب عليه من آثار مثلت جذورًا للإرهاب وغيرت وجه تاريخ إيران والشرق الأوسط والعالم بأكمله.
كتاب جيد وم
Apr 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed
Part of what makes All The Shah's Men: An American Coup & the Roots of Middle East Terror so fascinating is Stephen Kinzer's ability to put all of the details into historical context and still formulate his story in a way that causes it to read like a spy novel at times. I initially read this book on the American involvement in Iran when I was awaiting an Iranian visa to visit a country that was officially listed as part of the "Axis of Evil". While being very curious about the erstwhile Per ...more
Feb 03, 2009 rated it liked it
I wish more people read books like this. I think it is important for every citizen of the US to understand why people from other countries feel the way they do about us, particulary in the Middle East. I think most Americans are simply unaware of what our government does under the broad and vague umbrella of what is deemed "classified" information. As we are supposed to be a government "of the people" and our government therefore, in effect, represents us and our interests, I think Americans sho ...more
Feb 24, 2013 rated it really liked it
Anyone interested in U.S.-Iran relations or the 1953 Coup d'etat in Iran will find "All the Shah's Men" to be an interesting read. Kinzer's language is quite simple, and I can see how this might frustrate more intellectual readers. However, for a student or young person interested in learning more about the history of the coup, Kinzer's simple language is an asset; his book is probably the easiest way to quickly learn about the coup.

The reader should bear in mind that even sixty years after t
Sep 29, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: persia-iran
The book is fabulously researched, thought-provoking, and Kinzer really knows his stuff. It also helps that the writing style flows. This is a truly powerful read.
Shirin Abdel Rahman
يقول لنا التاريخ ان الملك فاروق عندما علم ان عامه المصريين لا يريدونه حاكما للبلاد فانه وقع على وثيقه التنازل عن العرش في هدوء تام ثم نراه يخطو نحو الباخره المحروسه في خطوات ثابته متجها الى منفاه إيطاليا ليموت هناك كمدا!


الا ان التاريخ أيضا يروى لنا ان في بداية الخمسينات تلك الفترة التي انتشرت فيها حركات الاستقلال كانت ايران تموج برياح الغضب و يتزعم تلك الحركة رجلا يعرف باسم محمد مصدق(زى الشارع اللى في الدقي)
الا ان محمد رضا بهلوي قرر ان يأخذ مسار مخالف لصهره الملك فاروق ( محمد بهلوي كان متزوج من
Exhaustive account of the 1953 coup that deposed nationalist Iranian Mohammad Mosaddeq, who was anti-British but mildly pro-American, in order to install the oppressive regime more directly controlled by Shah Reza Mohammed Pahlavi, whom this book portrays as about the most gutless dictator ever born. A direct path is drawn between the pro-American attitude of the Iranian people, and Mosaddeq in particular, before the British were expelled for what Mosaddeq called "meddling" in Iranian politics b ...more
Jack D. Riner
Feb 03, 2009 rated it liked it
**Spoiler Alert**

This is going to shock a lot of people. Several years ago there was a Republican administration that completely failed to understand a foreign nation and its people. However, they didn't let such a small detail stop them from inducing a regime change favorable to Western big business interests at that moment.

While the need for immediate gratification was fulfilled, the Eisenhower Administration stole Iran’s future away from its people and planted the seeds of Islamic fundamenta
Dec 28, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In 1953, the CIA, aided by the British, engineered a coup to overthrow the secular, democratically elected government of Mohammed Mossadegh in Iran, as Mossadegh had committed the "crime" of nationalizing the Anglo-Iranian Oil Company (now British Petroleum). Before then, Americans had been regarded favorably in Iran and much of the Middle East, and veteran journalist Kinzer makes a strong case that this coup led directly to the hatred and distrust of the U.S. in this part of the world, various ...more
Juliana Philippa
A must-read for anyone who wants to be able to put current events into perspective (4.5 stars)

All the Shah's Men: An American Coup and the Roots of Middle East Terror was a terrific book - a detailed and well-balanced historical non-fiction that at times reads like a spy thriller and throughout made me unbelievably angry and sad. Stephen Kinzer does a wonderful job of taking you behind the scenes of Mossadegh's overthrow and includes information from all the key players. He provides an enlighten
Regina Lindsey
Nov 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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All the Shah's Men by Stephen Kinzer
5 Stars and a heart

In 1979, Iranian students stormed the American Embassy and held fifty-two Americans hostage for 444 days. Americans were shocked because, in their minds, the U.S. and Iranians still held the mutual affinity shared pre-1953. Prior to 1953, “Americans were regarded with nearly universal admiration and affection.” Iranians saw Americans as allies, supporters of their fragile democracy, and remembered martyrs such as Howard Baskerville, the “Ame
Anissa Bouaffad
Oct 20, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
يتناول الكتاب أزمة تأميم النفط الإيراني بداية من الامتيازات التي منحها القاجاريين للأجانب مرورا بمختلف التطورات السياسية التي مرت بها إيران إلى غاية حدوث الانقلاب الامريكي البريطاني على محمد مصدق وعودة حكم الشاه الاستبدادي
من خلال هذا الكتاب يمكن فهم سبب السياسة الخارجية العدوانية الايرانية للغرب فهو يذكر كل التفاصيل بالأسماء و التواريخ و مختلف اللقاءات المتعلقة بالانقلاب و التي تظهر الوجه الحقيقي للدول الكبرى التي تتغنى بالحرية و الديمقراطية و لكنها تفعل اي شيء لتحقيق أهدافها و طبعا لن يتم لها ذ
Nov 28, 2009 rated it really liked it
I think it's a shame that most Americans remain ignorant of the role our government played in overthrowing Iran's moderate, liberal and secular government in the 1950s, led by Mohammed Mossadegh. This book does its part to fill that gap. However, contrary to many others who reviewed this book on Goodreads, I didn't come away with a conclusion in my mind that the United States perpetrated a manifest injustice on the people of Iran. This was not an indictment of US foreign policy, as some others h ...more
Ahmad Sharabiani
All the Shah's Men, Stephen Kinzer
عنوان: همه مردان شاه (کودتای 28 مرداد و ریشه های ترور در خاورمیانه)؛ نویسنده: استیون کینسر (کینزر)؛ مترجم: حسن بلیغ؛ مشخصات نشر: تهران، دانشگران محمود، 1382، در 364 ص، مصور، شابک: 9647992033؛ کتابنامه دارد، موضوع: سیاست و حکومت، ایران، ایالات متحده، خاور میانه

عنوان: همه مردان شاه؛ نویسنده: استیون کینسر (کینزر)؛ مترجم: شهریار خواجیان؛ مشخصات نشر: تهران، اختران، 1382، در 367 ص، مصور، شابک: 9789647514422؛ کتابنامه دارد، موضوع: سیاست و حکومت، ایران، ایالات متحده، خا
Jan 19, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: معارف
يشرح الكتاب تفاصيل مرحلة مهمة فى تاريخ ايران وهى
مرحلة الإنقلاب على حكومة رئيس الوزراء مصدق فى عهد محمد
رضا شاه والتى مثلت الحكومة الديمقراطية الوحيدة فى تاريخ ايران
الحديث .
يتناول الكاتب تأثيرات هذا الحدث(
الذى لعبت فيه الإستخبارات الأمريكية الدور الرئيسى )ليس على ايران وحدها بل على خريطةالشرق الأوسط السياسية ككل ووضعت اسس للعلاقة بين شعوب الدول النامية والولايات المتحدة التى تسعى لفرض مبادئها السياسية على هذه
الدول معتمدة سياسة الخديعة والمؤامرة متجاهلة تبعات الماضى وعواقبه .

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On one dismal night in 1953, a conspiracy destroyed both Iranian democracy and American honor. At the dawn of the 1950s, Iran was struggling to free itself from British domination, a precursor to the bloody colonial revolutions that would mark the mid-20th century. Despite being a product of colonial rebellion itself, the United States would betray its own history and one of amiable relations with Iran to assert itself on the world stage. All the Shah's Men is an admirably executed mix of espion ...more
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Stephen Kinzer is an award-winning foreign correspondent who has covered more than 50 countries on five continents. His articles and books have led the Washington Post to place him "among the best in popular foreign policy storytelling." (source)
“the thirteenth-century mystic Jelaluddin Rumi, reject orthodoxy of any kind: I hold to no religion or creed, am neither Eastern nor Western, Muslim or infidel, Zoroastrian, Christian, Jew or Gentile. I come from neither land nor sea, am not related to those above or below, was not born nearby or far away, do not live either in Paradise or on this Earth, claim descent not from Adam and Eve or the Angels above. I transcend body and soul. My home is beyond place and name. It is with the beloved, in a space beyond space.” 1 likes
“The riots that shook Abadan led many Iranians to rally to the workers' cause, partly out of instinctive sympathy but also because of the grossly unequal terms under which the Anglo-Iranian Oil Company operated. In 1947, for example, the company reported an after-tax profit of £40 million-the equivalent of $112 million dollars-and gave Iran just £7 million. To make matters worse, it never complied with its commitment under the 1933 agreement with Reza Shah to give laborers better pay and more chance for advancement, nor had it built the schools, hospitals, roads, or telephone system it promised. Manucher Farmanfarmaian, who in 1949 became director of Iran's petroleum institute, was appalled by what he found at Abadan:” 1 likes
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