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The Coup
1953, the CIA, and the Roots of Modern U.S.-Iranian Relations

Abrahamian, Ervand
Publisher:  New Press
Date Written:  05/02/2013
Year Published:  2013  
Pages:  304pp  
Resource Type:  Book

In 1953, the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency organized the overthrow of Iran’s democratically elected leader and installed Muhammad Reza Shah Pahlavi in his place. Over the next 26, the U.S. backed the unpopular, authoritarian shah and his secret police; in exchange, it reaped a share of Iran’s oil wealth. The blowback was almost inevitable, as this new and revealing history of the coup and its consequences shows.

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