The CIA in IRAN: The 1953 Coup and the Origins of the U.S.-Iran Divide

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Few Americans today have any idea why Iran and America seem forever to be at loggerheads or even why Iran held 52 American hostages for 444 days in Tehran after the overthrow of the shah, America’s best ally in the region. Iranians remember well the 1953 CIA-orchestrated coup that forcibly removed democratically elected Prime Minister Mohammad Mossadeq, a man dedicated to loosening the grip the Western oil companies had over Iran and her oil.

Now, for the first time, is the story of the coup d’etat that placed the dreaded Shah of Iran in power as told by former CIA operative Donald Wilber, a deep cover CIA asset in Iran at the time. Wilber lays out the whole plan—every dirty trick and rotten scheme—which so successfully removed Mossadeq, by all accounts a good nationalist and a wise leader.

Published by American Free Press, CIA In Iran reveals in shocking detail a once-top-secret report by a CIA field agent working in Iran. The report, which reads like a  detective novel, shows how U.S. and British operatives employed every dirty trick at their disposal, including bribery, murder, and terrorism, to eliminate a government they could not control and replace it with one they thought they could. It is the true story of how, in 1953, American agents destroyed the democratically elected prime minister of Iran, Mohammad Mossadeq, and maneuvered the infamous “Shah of Iran,” Reza Pahlavi, into power. The installation of the Shah led to Pahlavi’s own ouster (he was feared by the majority of Iranians) and the creation of today’s Iranian Islamic Republic.

Following the overthrow in Iran, U.S. intelligence repeatedly employed the same formula in future coup attempts, including the disastrous Bay of Pigs, but could never quite replicate its success. To this day, historians and journalists contend the CIA is still utilizing what agents learned in Tehran in 1953. Likewise, you can believe that foreign governments are all more wary of U.S. scheming, thanks to the release of this report.

Today, the rift between the United States and Iran, short of war, could not be wider. AFP believes this book can help educate Americans about the history of disastrous U.S. policies in the Mideast and will shed some light on the seminal event that instigated the tragic divide between American and Iran we are experiencing today. As this book went to press, the neocons in Washington and the extremists in Israel were hard at work inflaming U.S. public sentiment for war with Iran. Both Israel and the U.S. government have threatened tactical nuclear strikes if Iran does not submit to Western hegemony. Will this become the next chapter in the book of Iran-U.S. relations?

Only time will tell. . . .

Also includes five eye-opening appendices, 20 period photos, a full index and an introduction by American Free Press‘s own Christopher Petherick. A must-read to understand why Iran has, amongst all nations, been a thorn in the side of the New World Order.

Softcover, 153 pages

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Weight 7.2 oz