Magazine June 25, 2012, Issue

Myths of Mossadegh

Patriot of Persia: Muhammad Mossadegh and a Tragic Anglo-American Coup, by Christopher de Bellaigue (Harper, 300 pp., $27.99)

For decades, the debate on Iran in the United States has been dominated by a legend in which an elderly aristocrat plays the central role. The legend is that in August 1953, a couple of CIA operatives organized a coup d’état that toppled a democratically elected government and paved the way for the seizure of power by the mullahs 26 years later. The hero of the legend is one Muhammad Mossadegh, who had been appointed prime minister by the shah for a second time in 1952.

The legend was born almost a decade after the events, when the CIA, its reputation

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Conventional Unwisdom

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The Sticky Slope

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Features

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Falling Bricks

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Wilson & Sterling

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Poetry

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Happy Warrior

Gradus ad Narcissum

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Letters

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The Week

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Athwart

Agent Obama

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