Iran-Contra: Reagan's Scandal and the Unchecked Abuse of Presidential Power

Iran-Contra: Reagan's Scandal and the Unchecked Abuse of Presidential Power

by Malcolm Byrne
     
 

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A compelling tale of intrigue, covert operations, and an American foreign policy debate with lasting impact of US-Iran relations, which reveals President Reagan's central role in the decisions.

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A compelling tale of intrigue, covert operations, and an American foreign policy debate with lasting impact of US-Iran relations, which reveals President Reagan's central role in the decisions.

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"It is difficult to write dispassionately about the Iran-Contra affair and Byrne deserves praise for maintaining his objectivity while laying bare a tale of abuse of power, incompetence, and illegal behavior. the issues he raises are too important to ignore."—Journal of American History

"The contest between the United States and Iran, however, outlasted the sudden collapse of the Soviet power from 1989-1991. As Malcolm Byrne demonstrates in his very fine book, the Iran-Contra affair belongs as a key chapter in that longer story."—History News Network

"Provides fascinating details about US ignorance about Iran, which contributed to the largely botched effort to free US hostages in Lebanon and hindered a possible breakthrough in US-Iran ties 30 years ago."—Al-Monitor

"A high-quality, meticulously researched book that sheds much light on a controversy that, nearly three decades ago, shook the American political system to its core. . . . [Malcolm] Byrne, the deputy director of the National Security Archive at George Washington University, has been studying the scandal since it first erupted, and he has now pulled together years of research into a very good book that lays the scandal's ugly intricacies bare."—Wall Street Journal

"Byrne does not portray Reagan as a passive, disengaged president victimized by maverick policy makers. Through the use of primary sources, the author demonstrates that Reagan was actively involved in every state of Iran-Contra from its initiation through the cover up. . . . Byrne provides readers with a cautionary tale about structural issues in the American political system that perpetuate the unchecked abuse of power by the executive branch. this work is a must read for students of the presidency. Highly recommended."—Choice

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780700619917
Publisher:
University Press of Kansas
Publication date:
09/15/2014
Pages:
464
Sales rank:
705,973
Product dimensions:
6.40(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.30(d)

Meet the Author


Malcolm Byrne is Deputy Director and Research Director at the National Security Archive. He is the coauthor of Becoming Enemies: U.S.-Iran Relations in the Iran-Iraq War, 1979–1988.

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