Title: Assessing the Persuasiveness of Secondary Sources on the Iran Coup: A Comparison of “The CIA, the Ouster of Mosaddeq, and the Restoration of the Shah” and “Coupdunnit”

This assignment requires you to summarize two secondary-sources on the Iran Coup, “The CIA, the Ouster of Mosaddeq, and the Restoration of the Shah” by Ray Takeyh and “Coupdunnit” by Christopher de Bellaigue and to assess which of those articles you find more persuasive based on an analysis of relevant primary-source documents. In other words, which interpretation is more convincing given the primary-source evidence?
First, read the two secondary-source articles, “The CIA, the Ouster of Mosaddeq, and the Restoration of the Shah,” by Ray Takeyh and “Coupdunnit” by Christopher de Bellaigue. Please also read all of the Iran Coup Discussion primary-source documents.
Second, make your first post in the Iran Coup First and Second Posts discussion topic no later than 11:59 pm, Wednesday, May 31. Your first post must be between 200-and-300 words in length and must 1) summarize briefly the two articles, 2) explains which article you find more persuasive, and 3) justifies your assessment using three concrete examples from the primary-source documents. In other words, you must both summarize the articles and use the primary-source documents to determine which author’s argument is more credible.

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