Countercoup has 34 ratings and 4 reviews. Jfarley said: Informally formal, with little inside information and lots of descriptions of drinks and food. The former head of the Middle East Department of the CIA during the s, details his involvement in Iranian politics. Kermit Roosevelt’s book “Countercoup: The Struggle for the Control of Iran” is the self-serving account of his role in the CIA coup that toppled Iran’s.

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To a fault and the detriment of the reader’s attention span, Roosevelt captured nuances in the plot unknown to the general public at the time. The title is humorously absurd, implying that if “”we”” hadn’t done our coup, “”they”” would have done theirs. To ask other readers questions about Countercoupplease sign up.

He tells with whom he worked, how he worked, and how the plan was almost aborted. The Struggle for the Control of Iran By.

Refresh and try again. The Struggle for the Control of Iran Author: This operation is generally considered to be what launched the CIA’s reckless interference in countries around the globe, yet Roosevelt goes out of his way to spell out the special circumstances that led to his success Perhaps, if the Shah hadn’t let power go to his head, and become such an oppressor, things might have been different.

His effectiveness as an agent and organizer was attested to by Kim Philby, the British agent turned Russian spy, who called the author “the quiet American.

Kermit Roosevelt explains in minute-by-minute detail how he performed his mission. No trivia iarn quizzes yet. It was the Shah’s idea to leave the country for a while, Roosevelt states, which gave the ocuntercoup that he had been forced out; and during his absence Roosevelt and his operatives fanned the flames of the pro-Shah forces while coordinating the military-backed dismissal of Mossadegh.


Rob Scharf rated it liked it Feb 26, Sam rated it liked it Aug 10, The moral is that if the CIA is going to overthrow a government, it should make sure of the support of the population and–oh yes, the military.

The author was given the go-ahead to mastermind the overthrow of Mossadegh and return the Shah to the Peacock throne. By clicking on “Submit” you agree that you have read and agree to the Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.

He describes vividly the background of Iranian history, oran country’s strategic position in the world power structure, the role it played in World War II, and the hopes and dreams that both East and West had for this oil-rich nation in the years that followed.

There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Wassim rated it really liked fr Dec 27, Siavash Rahbaran rated it it was amazing Sep 03, Todd Brents rated it really liked it May 10, It’s interesting to read abook about CIA teh operation that was written before everyone felt compelled to divulge every secret possible, where no one is trashed.

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Countercoup: The Struggle for the Control of Iran

For at the time it was believed that Iran, under the leadership of Prime Minister Mossadegh, was slipping under Russian domination and control. Be the first to discover new talent! The book was first published incoinciding with the Iranian revolution. Just a moment while conutercoup sign you in to your Goodreads account.

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HardcoverFirst Edition U. The book jacket’s description reads: Lists with This Book. Tthea paperback release was issued, after which it has remained out of print. Though the title has yhe contemporary ring, former CIA agent Roosevelt’s tale is actually a distant background to recent events in Iran, the “”countercoup”” in question being the CIA-engineered installation of Shah Reza Pahlevi.

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