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Takeover in Tehran the Inside Story of the 1970 U.S. Embassy Capture

by Fred A. Reed

  • ISBN: 9780889224438
  • ISBN10: 0889224439

Takeover in Tehran the Inside Story of the 1970 U.S. Embassy Capture

by Fred A. Reed

  • List Price: $15.95
  • Binding: Paperback
  • Publisher: Talonbooks Ltd
  • Publish date: 01/01/2001
  • ISBN: 9780889224438
  • ISBN10: 0889224439
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Description: In this first-ever insider account of the American Embassy takeover in 1979, Massoumeh Ebtekar sets out to correct twenty years of misrepresentation by the Western media she explains what the aims of the Iranian students and the populist revolution they personified were, and have since remained.

She also outlines, in considerable detail, how one faction of the Shi'a clerical establishment came to see (with the eager complicity of the international media and its own pro-Western political agenda) these students as a vanguard of its own theocratic goals, rather than of the much broader cultural upheaval which had ousted the the regime of Shah Mohammad-Reza Pahlevi, installed through a US-sponsored coup in 1953.

In February, 2000, a month before US Secretary of State Madeleine Albright's admission of active CIA involvement in the 1953 coup, Iranians flocked to the polls to elect the Islamic Republic's sixth parliament: 70% of the candidates elected are self-proclaimed "reformers". Among them are several of the former students who seized and occupied the American Embassy in November, 1979. These reformers, followers of President Mohammad Khatami -- himself a Shi'a clergyman -- are now attempting to pry open the vise-grip of the conservative religious faction on Iranian politics since 1979, and to establish a civil society within an Islamic framework.

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