I suspect that Iran would be a friendlier nation today (as well as over the past 30 years), if Americans and British had not conspired to destroy the budding democracy of President Mossadegh.
If you have not read All The Shah’s Men, which I doubt many have, then I suggest reading this biography of a man of which few in the West have heard. Even reading this book review will help people to better understand the hate for the West in Iran today.
This is not unlike America refusal to speak with Ho Chi Minh, a big fan of the American Revolution and American democracy. Both countries turned against the United States and were ultimately lost to radicals, because men in powerful positions were too stupid, too beholden to allies (England and France), and unreasonable fearful of communism. This review is dripping with English arrogance, which was the root cause of so much misery and trouble. This is one of the early uses of character assassination in the United States and wider world for the benefit of commercial interests. And, as always, most Americans have no idea about issues, culture, or history of foreign lands, thus can be easily deceived by the media and politicians.
And, once again, history will prove that western arrogance and ignorance will lead to another foolish war, in which few will prosper and many will suffer.
Prior to writing novels, the author enjoyed a multifaceted career: from decorated combat aviator to advertising professional to global communications director of a major consumer brand. He has traveled the world and met sports, film and television stars, political leaders, and royalty. He graduated from Middlebury College, is married, lives in Germany, and has two grown children.