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4.0 out of 5 stars Intro to Anglo-saxon policies in the Middle East, 27 Aug. 2006
This review is from: All the Shah's Men: An American Coup and the Roots of Middle East Terror (Paperback)
This book does not talk about only Iranian history in 20th century but also the dramatic change in American foreign policy during 1950s. It takes Iran as a case study to explain American inverventionist foreign policy and this policy's negative impacts on the democratisation process of the developing nations. The story of Iran's legendary politician, Mohammad Mossadegh, who put a big fight for democracy in his country, is portrayed righteously in a very dramatic way by the author. It is a landmark book to understand the current shortcomings of Iran as a non-secular state. It also gives hints about the roots of terror coming from the Middle East. The author claims that the roots of today's terorism (including Al-Qaeda) lie partly with the American coup at Iran. I think it is a forced conclusion because Al-Qaeda, as well as many other terorist groups, are linked to Saudi finances. He does not explain this contradiction.

Afterwards, I read a biography of Mossadegh from an Iranian author and the stories match perfectly. Kinzer basically used Mossadegh's life as an input to portray the negative impacts of American interventionist foreign policy. A "must read" material about the 20th century Middle East history. This book grew in me after reading it and now I keep it as a reference book in my library.
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Initial post: 25 Sep 2013, 12:59:46 BST
E. James says:
American. Not Anglo-Saxons. Entirely different things. Anglo-Saxons have not been a political force in the world since 1066.
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