Debacle: The American Failure in Iran

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Debacle: The American Failure in Iran

By Michael Ledeen and William Lewis
Knopf, 1981
288 pp. $14.95

President Carter and his Administration are charged with failures of perception, naïveté about the Ayatollah Khomeini, inconsistency and confusion. The authors seem to realize that it is not possible to say with certainty what policy would have averted the "debacle," but they do believe the Administration should have been more supportive of the Shah.

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