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Silenced Histories and Sanitized Autobiographies: The 1953 CIA Coup in Iran

From: Biography
Volume 36, Number 1, Winter 2013
pp. 71-96 | 10.1353/bio.2013.0009



Some six decades after the overthrow of Mohammed Mossadeq, the history of British and US involvement in the event remains riddled with gaps. This critically important history is relegated to the realm of “colonial aphasia.” With many documents destroyed and others heavily redacted, memoirs by spies involved in the 1953 Iranian coup fill in the historical narrative.