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The Persian Puzzle In His Highly Influential Book The Threatening Storm, Bestselling Author Kenneth Pollack Both Informed And Defined The National Debate About Iraq Now, In The Persian Puzzle, Published To Coincide With The Twenty Fifth Anniversary Of The Iran Hostage Crisis, He Examines The Behind The Scenes Story Of The Tumultuous Relationship Between Iran And The United States, And Weighs Options For The Future.Here Pollack, A Former CIA Analyst And National Security Council Official, Brings His Keen Analysis And Insider Perspective To The Long And Ongoing Clash Between The United States And Iran, Beginning With The Fall Of The Shah And The Seizure Of The American Embassy In Tehran In 1979 Pollack Examines All The Major Events In U.S Iran Relations Including The Hostage Crisis, The U.S Tilt Toward Iraq During The Iran Iraq War, The Iran Contra Scandal, American Iranian Military Tensions In 1987 And 1988, The Covert Iranian War Against U.S Interests In The Persian Gulf That Culminated In The 1996 Khobar Towers Terrorist Attack In Saudi Arabia, And Recent U.S Iran Skirmishes Over Afghanistan And Iraq He Explains The Strategies And Motives From American And Iranian Perspectives And Tells How Each Crisis Colored The Thinking Of Both Countries Leadership As They Shaped And Reshaped Their Policies Over Time Pollack Also Describes Efforts By Moderates Of Various Stripes To Try To Find Some Way Past Animosities To Create A New Dynamic In Iranian American Relations, Only To Find That When One Side Was Ready For Such A Step, The Other Side Fell Short.With Balanced Tone And Insight, Pollack Explains How The United States And Iran Reached This Impasse Why This Relationship Is Critical To Regional, Global, And U.S Interests And What Basic Political Choices Are Available As We Deal With This Important But Deeply Troubled Country From The Hardcover Edition.

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  • Paperback
  • 576 pages
  • The Persian Puzzle
  • Kenneth M. Pollack
  • English
  • 06 April 2018
  • 0812973364

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  1. says:

    Great book with fantastic information, but very dry and hard to get through.


  2. says:

    Kenneth Pollack s The Persian Puzzle is probably the best and most comprehensive analysis of the Iran that has received mainstream and widespread acclaim Pollock, known for his prior unabashed support of an Iraqi invasion The threatening Storm , has followed up that work with his most recent book At the outset, in out...


  3. says:

    Pollack s first book, the best selling The Threatening Storm, was released in the run up to Operation Iraqi Freedom, and instantly made waves as the moderate Democratic case for war against Saddam Hussein s Iraq Never mind that Pollack, during his tenure as Director of Persian Gulf Affairs in President Bill Clinton s National Security Council, had played a central role in formulating the policies and official positions that resulted in the weakened sanctions regime he would later lambaste in hi Pollack s first book, the best selling The Threatening Storm, was released in the run up to Operation Iraqi Freedom, and instantly made waves as the moderate Democratic case for war against Saddam Hussein s Iraq Never mind that Pollack, during his tenure as Director of Persian Gulf Affairs in President Bill Clinton s National Security Council, had played a central role in formulating the policies and official positions that resulted in the weakened sanctions regime he would later lambaste in his private capacity He became an instant celebrity, appearing frequently on the talk show circuit and in the book review pages of leading papers and scholarly journals Timing, as they say, is everything.Pollack s follow up endeavor, The Persian Puzzle, is si...


  4. says:

    Phew This is no light reading.After reading All the Shah s Men by Stephen Kinzer about the CIA s coup of Iranian elected leader Mohammad Mossadegh in 1953 , I wanted to understandabout the Iranian American conflict from that time until the present He provides an overview of Iran s history up through the Pahlavi dynasty including WWII and how the stage was set for Iran to be an important pawn in the Cold War But most of his focus is on the relationship between the two countries, between Phew This is no light reading.After reading All the Shah s Men by Stephen Kinzer about the CIA s coup of Iranian elected leader Mohammad Mossadegh in 1953 , I wanted to understandabout the Iranian American conflict from that time until the present He provides an overview of Iran s history up through the Pahlavi dynasty including WWII and how the stage was set for Iran to be an important pawn in the Cold War But most of his focus is on the relationship between the two countries, between the late 1970 s and the 2000 s The book was dense with information regarding the hostage situations during Regan s administration after the Iran Hostage Crisis and how US s reaction helped to embolden Iran, why unilateral sanctions have failed to change Iran s behavior, Iran s chronic paranoia that the US will invade and how that has driven some of th...


  5. says:

    Prior to writing this book, Pollack wrote The Threatening Storm The Case for Invading Iraq This book should have been subtitled The Case for Not Invading Iran It provides excellent background on the history of U.S Iranian relations, getting into the gritty details of energy interests, resource nationalization, the Iran Iraq war, and present political maneuvering Thankfully, it goes beyond the simplistic Shah goes away, Mossadeq elected, Mossadeq thrown out, Shah comes back, Shah falls, Prior to writing this book, Pollack wrote The Threatening Storm The Case for Invading Iraq This book should have been subtitled The Case for Not Invading Iran It provides excellent background on the history of U.S Iranian relations, getting into the gritty details of energy interests, resource nationalization, the Iran Iraq war, and present political m...


  6. says:

    Good introduction to the history of US western and Persian relations Allows one to see how foreign policy scholars actually think Many of his proposals for dealing with Iran are slightly outdated, and I think that he would take a slightlyhawkish approach if the book took recent events into account.


  7. says:

    I consider myself to be reasonably well informed about the Middle East since I have lived in three Arab countries and have both Arabic and Persian language skills I m not a big fan of what I perceive to be a history of American and European bungling in that and other regions of the globe, but this book gave me a lotbalanced perspective on the history of Iran and the West than I had previously had This ...


  8. says:

    A top notch primer on Iranian history and the country s relation with the United States, though the part that genuinely sizzles is the first 200 pages, ending with the death of the Ayatollah Khomeini The Ayatollah is the pivotal figure in the ...


  9. says:

    Pollack tries to provide a balanced account of why it is so difficult for the U.S and Iran to come to better terms when a better relationship seems so beneficial to both.The Iranians remember the Persian empires, and their goals focus on a state without foreign influence.Pollack claims that Truman did all he could to save Mosaddeq from himself but the latter could not decide what he wanted to be Eventually the departure of Mosaddeq was sealed U.S involvement just hastened it, and in after Pollack tries to provide a balanced account of why it is so difficult for the U.S and Iran to come to better terms when a better relationship seems so beneficial to both.The Iranians remember the Persian empires, and their goals focus on a state witho...


  10. says:

    Incredibly enlightening well written and easy to follow The novel gives a history of American relations with Iran and clearly explains the convoluted perspectives of each country regarding the other The author gets into the specifics of how each American president dealt with Iran such as the ways some pretty much ignored Iran to our detriment and others tried sometimes in vain to establish a better relationship It helped me better understand the political structure of Iran and why curre Incredibly enlightening well written and easy to follow The novel gives a history of American relations with Iran and clearly explains the convoluted perspectives of each country regarding the other The author gets into the specifics of how each American president dealt with Iran such as the ways some pretty much ignored Iran to our detriment and others tried sometimes in vain to establish a better relationship It helped me better understand the politi...

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