Iran and the United States

A Cold War Case Study

Use this book! If you are teaching a course on the Middle East and you need one book on Iran, this should be it. . . . Rooted in the author's magisterial command of and involvement in Iranian politics, Cottam has produced a superb and concise survey of twentieth century Iranian political history.
Iranian Studies

Richard Cottam served in the U.S. embassy in Tehran from 1956 to 1958 and was consulted by the Department of State during the 1979 hostage crisis. This book draws upon his expert personal knowledge of Iranian politics to describe the spiraling decline of U.S.-Iranian relations since the cold war and the political consequences of those years U.S. policy, he argues, is flawed by ignorance, inertia, the tenacity of a cold war mentality, a quixotic tilt toward Iraq, and the blatant inconsistency of the Reagan administration's arms-for-hostages scheme that produced the Iran-contra scandal.

298 Pages, 6 x 9 in.

June, 1988

isbn : 9780822954071

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Richard W. Cottam

Richard W. Cottam was professor of political science at the University of Pittsburgh.

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