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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Roosevelt recounts his previous experiences in Iran with the OSS, and then runs through the details of the coup contro a heavy concentration on individual personalities–consistently depicting Mossadegh and his allies as morally or physically weak, while pro-Shah types are invariably strong. The book recounts his role in overthrowing democratically elected Iranian Prime Minister Mohammad Mossadegh with triumphant zeal.

Mustafa rated it liked it Feb 28, Here he proudly writes out exactly why and how he conducted this operation. Books by Kermit Roosevelt Jr. HardcoverFirst Edition U. There counterxoup no discussion topics on this book yet. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Sarah rated it liked it Sep 29, Siavash Rahbaran rated it it was amazing Sep 03, Some are signed by the author.

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Derek C rated it liked it Nov 01, He tells with whom he worked, how he worked, and how the plan was almost aborted. The title is humorously absurd, implying that if “”we”” hadn’t done our coup, “”they”” would have done theirs.



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 It’s interesting to read abook about CIA a operation that was written before everyone felt compelled to divulge every secret possible, where no one is trashed. This book is real-life drama, with an unexpected ending tinged with irony. Informally formal, with little “inside information” and lots of descriptions of drinks and food, this still rates as a good book Kim does a great job of making you feel like you are a part of something 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.

Thornton rated it it was amazing Jan 06, 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.

That meeting on a June morning in was to lead to one of the greatest triumphs in America’s covert operations in foreign countries. There was a problem adding your email address.

Countercoup: The Struggle for the Control of Iran by Kermit Roosevelt Jr.

The Struggle for the Control of Iran Author: Robin rated it liked it Jul 10, Sign up here to receive your FREE alerts. Though the title has a contemporary ring, former CIA agent Roosevelt’s tale is actually a distant background to counhercoup events in Iran, the “”countercoup”” in question being the CIA-engineered installation of Shah Reza Pahlevi.


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Kermit Roosevelt explains in minute-by-minute detail how he performed his mission. Ilyas Ozturk rated it liked it Nov 09, But for all Roosevelt’s attempt to demonstrate that the Russians had begun to control Prime Minister Counterrcoup through the pro-Soviet Tudeh party, comtrol evidence is pure conjecture; the fact is that the P.

For at the time it was believed that Iran, under the leadership of Prime Minister Mossadegh, was slipping under Russian domination and control.

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I would dare say, according to Kermit Roosevelt’s take on things, that initial Thd entanglements in the affairs of other nations was very cricket. No trivia or quizzes yet. Open Preview See a Problem? Apr 09, Christia rated it it was ok Shelves: Return to Book Page.

The meeting in Dulles’ office, which was attended by other leaders of the American government, ended thd firm decision. Dave rated it really liked it May 10, Trevor rated it really liked it Jan 12, Alireza rated it it was ok Sep 13, 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.

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