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Iran and the United States: A Cold War Case Study
by Richard W. Cottam
University of Pittsburgh Press, 1989
Cloth: 978-0-8229-3588-9 | eISBN: 978-0-8229-7439-0 | Paper: 978-0-8229-5407-1
Library of Congress Classification E183.8.I7C68 1988
Dewey Decimal Classification 303.48273055

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ABOUT THIS BOOK

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.


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