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Note - this version does not run correctly on iPad. We are working on a fix, but the iPad version runs beautifully :)

"One of the coolest media experiences I've seen on the iPad" --New York Times

"You can just see the story. You can dig down deeper and see the actual CIA documents. You can identify with people in it. And you can learn about a fledgeling democracy."
--Amy Goodman, Democracy Now

"The content dynamically recomposes itself as you change panels -the music slightly alters, as do the images. It creates a film-like setting that aims to enhance the experience without interfering with the reading." --Huffington Post


* Finalist - Flurry App Spotlight Awards - more than 700 apps submitted
..."we were blown by your layout of content, and believe all magazines should take lessons from you guys. The interactivity was amazing."

* Finalist 148Apps Best App Ever Awards - Comic Category - over 1.5 million votes cast

* Top Three Mobile Apps Showdown - CES 2012

* FWA Mobile App Of The Day (MOTD) Award for 26th January 2012.

Story Description:

Cognito is proud to present, in collaboration with best-selling author Stephen Kinzer, the true life spy thriller, CIA : Operation Ajax. As the value of oil explodes in world markets, global power brokers begin to take interest in the ruling political regimes of the Middle East. In Iran, British agents have controlled oil exports for a generation. The shah is holding on to a shaky peace as a new charismatic leader enters the scene. Secret deals, underground rumors of revolt, and dark plots of government overthrow are employed by American, British, and Persian agents. Iran's oil would flow, by any means necessary. Every actor has a stake in the game. No one can be trusted. Nothing is as it seems.

Learn about the incredible true history of the CIA plot to stage a coup of Iran's government. Recently declassified documents, historic photos, and actual film reels from the era are embedded into the story. See Eisenhower, Churchill, the Dulles brothers, Mossadegh, and the Shah in a whole new light.

Watch the full Operation Ajax trailer at operationajax.com!

Read the full first chapter in the iPhone version, ad free.

Technical Specs:

CIA : Operation Ajax is a revolutionary new way to experience a graphic novel. Combining subtle animation with a full film score, the story unfolds in a groundbreaking cinematic reading experience.

Download the full version to read the whole story and experience all of these extra materials!

- 210 page interactive comic with sound and animation
- 22 character dossiers loaded with historical photos and notes
- 9 historical newsreel videos
- Authentic CIA documents
- Extra content embedded throughout.

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What’s New

Version 3.0.2

- bug fixes

Ratings and Reviews

4.8 out of 5
53 Ratings

53 Ratings

KJax13 ,

Amazing way to tell history!

This graphic novel turned cinematic app draws you in from the first page. I finished the whole thing in about 3 hours and then promptly told everyone I know about it. The art is gorgeous, the sound design is exceptional, and the story is enticing. The fact that it's based on the historical account of the coup just adds an extra layer of magic to this app, not to mention the use of archival footage and documents! 5 stars, 10 out of 10, would recommend, everyone should get this app!

alibesh ,

Wonderful, Lively Written and Accurate

Just finished it. Brought tears to my eyes, as well as anger, sorrow, depression, excitement, and of course, admiration for the creators, Stephen Kinzer, and the great Prime Minister Dr. Mosaddegh. If you're curious as to how in 1979 Iran turned from a vastly/forcefully modernized country to a fundamentalist anti-American state, you must read this. The world would have been much of a safer and happier place if the U.S. had respected Iran's democracy and her rightful ownership of its oil and hand not pursue the 1953 coup, a.k.a. Op AJAX...

sharon burr ,

A whole different comic experience

OK the story is exciting and the graphics are fantastic. And then, add in the motion and sound, and the story jumps off the page. And if that isn't amazing enough, just wait til you see the original spy documents and historical newsreels! The whole experience is so far beyond anything else that calls itself a graphic novel.

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