After first balking at the potential exposure of numerous "secrets," the CIA relented when Roosevelt agreed to delete all mention of MI6 and made over other changes that rendered the book "essentially a work of fiction," according to recently declassified CIA files posted today by the National Security Archive. They are posted here for the first time. Missing from the documents is what happened when British Petroleum discovered that Countercoup falsely identified its predecessor, the Anglo-Iranian Oil Company AIOC , as the instigator of the operation. In fact, MI6 originated the plan. The oil concern threatened to file suit, which prompted publisher McGraw-Hill to pull virtually the entire print run of 7, copies in
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Very nice dustjacket, not clipped, minor edgewear. The author Kermit Roosevelt, Jr. The author stayed on after the change and was significant in his contributions to the Central Intelligence Agency during its formative years in the s and s. He specialised in the Middle East and travelled extensively in the region from his Washington base. Briefly put, "Kim" Roosevelt masterminded the overthrow of Iranian President Mossadegh after the latter nationalized the Iranian oil industry in In this book he details how the CIA and British Intelligence operatives, under the direction of Roosevelt, conducted the operation the British had given the codename -- Ajax.
Roosevelt himself went to Teheran, working under cover as "James Lockridge" on June 19, , was put up in Tehran in a place rented by British intelligence, and as Mr. Lockridge, became a regular at the Turkish Embassy. He may have inadvertently attracted attention in some circles in that city where he is alleged to have shot a hole in one during a game of golf with the Turkish Ambassador. At a crucial point, the young Shah complicated matters by fleeing to Baghdad, but Roosevelt calmly orchestrated a series of bombings and shootings in Iran and implicated Mossadegh, and also arranged for the influential army commander, General Fazlolah Zahedi, to make an address to the country over the radio, and spent CIA funds freely to secure friends to the cause.
After some uncertaintly, the Shah was able to return to Teheran just three days after he left, and assumed his Peacock throne. Mossadegh was arrested and imprisoned for three years; others of his supporters were not so fortunate. It should be said that Sir Winston Churchill, serving in his final period as British Prime Minister is reported to have been an admiring supporter.
Philby, after his defection to the Soviet Union in famously described the American "Kim" as a typically urbane, courteous Easterner, "the last person you would expect to be up to his neck in dirty tricks.
The consequences continue to reverberate today. The author sumitted the text of this book to the CIA, and is reported to have adopted some changes and deletions suggested -- [see Malcolm Byrne, Ed. Kim Roosevelt [i. Mary Reynolds died about six weeks later, aged Her late husband, Lloyd T.
Reynolds was the longtime Chairman of the Yale Department of Economics.
Kermit Roosevelt Jr.
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Countercoup: The Struggle For The Control Of Iran by Kermit Roosevelt (1979)
Kermit Roosevelt Jr. You can help by adding to it. June After graduating from Harvard, Roosevelt taught history at Caltech. On June 4, , when Kim was 27, his father, Kermit Sr. He was very concerned with backing Arab nationalists in the region.
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