Bolster, Archie*

Oral History Interview

William Burr
Washington, D.C.
February 23, March 24 and May 3, 1988
Restriction in quotation
244pp. + biographical note + index
Interviewee Details
U.S. Vice-Consul in Tabriz, 1961-1964; Senior Officer and Analyst at the U.S. Embassy in Iran, 1974-1976.
Recollections of childhood in Iran; U.S. Consulate in Tabriz and its functions; on the state of the agricultural sector in the 1950s and after the land reform in the 1960s; assessment of the White Revolution of 1963; workings of the U.S. Embassy in Tehran; extent of intelligence gathering by the Embassy; debates over the political future of Iran at the Embassy; U.S. Embassy and the National Front; contacts between the Embassy and the clergy in the 1960s; on the events of 1963-64; U.S. policy towards Iran; assessment of CIA operations in Iran; on the Shah and his leadership style; on the conclusions presented in James Bill's The Eagle and the Lion; U.S.-Iranian strategic relations; U.S. policy-making on Iran.

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