Current Picks: Book Reviews

All the Shah's Men and Iran Awakening

All the Shah's MenAll the Shah’s Men: An American Coup and the Roots of Middle East Terror by Stephen Kinzer (2003)

The CIA’s 1953 coup of the democratically inclined Iranian Prime Minister Mossadegh sets up the roots for Iran’s current distrust of the U.S.


For more information on the topic, check out Kinzer's interview with the History News Network of George Mason University or listen to his interview on NPR.


Iran AwakeningIran Awakening: A Memoir of Revolution and Hope by Shirin Ebadi (2006)

A must read book for anyone interested in understanding the complex relationship between Iran and the U.S. Winner of the 2003 Nobel Peace Prize, Islamic jurist Shirin Ebadi’s memoir also provides a women’s view of life inside the theocracy of Iran. A great follow up to Kinzer’s All the Shah’s Men.

A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini
Tug of War by Barbara Cleverly

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