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Gershom Gorenberg (photo by Debbi Cooper) and Christopher de Bellaigue (photo by Farhad Ahrarnia)

Gershom Gorenberg (photo by Debbi Cooper) and Christopher de Bellaigue (photo by Farhad Ahrarnia)

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Iran and Israel are two countries that are rarely far from the headlines and rarely off the minds of the global diplomats and political leaders. This week on the Enright Files, Michael speaks with two authors on the internal and external forces that have shaped modern Israel and Iran. Gershom Gorenberg, the author of The Unmaking of Israel, argues that the greatest existential threat to Israel comes from within - from the country's own internal tensions and contradictions. And Christopher de Bellaigue, the author of Patriot of Persia , examines the CIA-led coup that toppled Iranian Prime Minister Muhammad Mossadegh in 1953 and sowed the seeds of the intractable distrust and enmity between Iran and the West that prevails today.


The Unmaking of Israel by Gershom Gorenberg is published by Harper.

Patriot of Persia: Muhammad Mossadegh and a Tragic Anglo-American Coup by Christopher de Bellaigue is published by Harper.


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