Oral History Interview
Seyyed Vali Reza Nasr
July 18 and 25, 1988; and January 16, 1989
56pp. + summary + biographical note + index + photograph
Personal Aide to and Director of the Private Bureau of Prime Minister General Fazlollah Zahedi, 1953-1955; Senator, 1963-1979.
Educational background, and recollections of early childhood; recollections of General Fazlollah Zahedi; General Zahedi's personal characteristics and stature in the armed forces; reasons for Zahedi's opposition to Mosaddeq's policies; General Zahedi's planning of the military operations which led to the removal of the Mosaddeq government; roles of the Shah and CIA in General Zahedi's plans; on General Zahedi's paramount role in the events of 1953; on the Shah's personal traits and leadership style; on the working of the Senate; on the various members of the Iranian political elite; recollections of the White Revolution of 1963 and its social ramifications; memories of arrest and imprisonment after the Revolution of 1978-79.