"This extraordinarily impressive study has moved the historiography of the most controversial event in modern Iranian history onto an altogether different plane. In a forensic analysis of four critical days, the actions and motives of the main perpetrators, including for the first time army officers, power brokers, and mobsters, are laid bare in compelling detail."
"Ali Rahnema's new book on the 1953 coup presents a comprehensive, balanced account of this seminal event. It is meticulously researched, carefully reasoned and engagingly written. It will stand as the definitive work on this subject for many years to come."