Over the years, Archive staff have published on Iran-related topics in numerous scholarly and popular outlets such as The New York Times, Christian Science Monitor, The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, Iranian Studies, The Beirut Review, Foreign Policy online, and The Daily Beast.  The following lists the project’s book and document collections.


Iran-Contra: Reagan’s Scandal & the Unchecked Abuse of Presidential Power

By Malcolm Byrne (Lawrence, KS: University Press of Kansas, 2014, 464 pp.)

"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." – Wall Street Journal

"A riveting book about a remarkable scandal and a warning about the excesses of secrecy and partisanship in American foreign policy." – Bruce Riedel

"At last, the Iran-Contra affair has a comprehensive history worthy of the scandal ... Malcolm Byrne has told this complex story in brilliant fashion." – Seymour M. Hersh

“This book reopens the vitally important argument over Ronald Reagan's presidency — particularly, as Malcolm Byrne asserts with his use of many newly available documents, that Reagan was not passive, but "the driving force" behind the unconstitutional and embarrassing scheme ...” – Walter LaFeber

“This book should be read as the definitive volume on the Iran-Contra scandal and its impact on the US, the Middle East and Central America.” – Farideh Farhi

“A thrilling account of secrecy, connivance and manipulation in the dark corridors of power in Washington and Tehran ... A truly fascinating book.” – Maziar Bahari

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Becoming Enemies: U.S-Iran Relations During the Iran-Iraq War, 1979-1988

By James Blight, janet Lang, Hussein Banai, Malcolm Byrne and John Tirman (Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2012, 408 pp.)

“For those seeking to understand the roots of modern enmity between the U.S. and Iran, Becoming Enemies is a truly unique and wonderful resource.” Karim Sadjadpour

“I have never read a book quite like this. Becoming Enemies is the latest product of the indispensable National Security Archive ... They not only use their skills to get major U.S. policy documents declassified, but they take those documents and find innovative ways to illuminate important historical episodes. This book is a living example.” – Gary Sick

“A fascinating, eye-opening book.” – Haleh Esfandiari

Becoming Enemies provides a profound understanding ... a fascinating story ... [and] a rare "fly-on-the-wall" perspective on how ... the United States got itself into the mess it is in today in the Persian Gulf.” – Kenneth M. Pollack

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Mohammad Mosaddeq and the 1953 Coup in Iran

Edited by Mark J. Gasiorowski and Malcolm Byrne (Syracuse: Syracuse University Press, 2004, 360 pp.)

Winner of the 2003-2004 Mosaddeq Foundation (Geneva) Prize for best book on Iran. Awarded biennially.

"More books should have this pedigree … The results are impressive: seven polished studies that speak to each other … richly detailed and tightly reasoned …" – Foreign Affairs

"This book … sheds vital new light on issues that remain crucial to the evolution of U.S.-Iran relations." – Nikki Keddie

"Mark Gasiorowski and Malcolm Byrne have assembled a stellar array of talented scholars … This is an exceptional collection dealing with a uniquely important event." – Gary Sick

"This multinational, multiarchival history is a magnificent addition to the literature on post-World War II international history." – Melvyn Leffler

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The Iran-Contra Scandal: The Declassified History

By Malcolm Byrne and Peter Kornbluh (New York: The New Press, 1993, 314 pp.)

"The documents assembled by the National Security Archive take us inside the Reagan/Bush administrations, where lying and deception of the press, Congress and the public were as essential to the government's policies as the illegal operations
Seymour M. Hersh

"Among the myriad books from this event, this volume alone provides the public record needed to reach a final verdict. A professionally done volume, it belongs in every public school and academic library." – Library Journal

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The Chronology: The Documented Day-By-Day Account of Secret Military Assistance to Iran and the Contras

By Scott Armstrong, Malcolm Byrne, Tom Blanton and the National Security Archive, (New York: Warner Books, 1987, 687 pp.).
"The most comprehensive, authoritative, objective and useful summary of the Iran-Contra affair available. – Bob Woodward, The Washington Post
"The Chronology is an extremely valuable work." – Peter Jennings, ABC News
"Essential reading." – Stephen Engelberg, The New York Times

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The Iran-Contra Affair: The Making of a Scandal, 1983-1988

Edited by Malcolm Byrne and Peter Kornbluh (Alexandria, VA: Chadwyck-Healey, 1990)
664 microfiche (over 20,000 pages) with 2-volume printed guide and index

Iran: The Making of U.S. Policy, 1977-1980
Edited by Eric Hooglund (Alexandria, VA: Chadwyck-Healey, 1990)
565 microfiche (over 14,000 pages) with 2-volume printed guide and index


Malcolm Byrne
The National Security Archive
The George Washington University

John Tirman
Center for International Studies
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Huss Banai
School of Global and International Studies
Indiana University, Bloomington

James Blight & janet Lang
Balsillie School of International Affairs
Waterloo, Ontario


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