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"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, DemocracyNow

"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 video 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 Operation Ajax trailer at operationajax.com!

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.

- 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

- Bookmarking remembers your last page.
- Better community interaction capabilities.
- Improved Credits
- Refined animation and sound

Ratings and Reviews

4.9 out of 5
254 Ratings

254 Ratings

Growler Wash ,


Never thought this app/graphic novel would move me as much as it did. It's almost 2:30 AM; I should have put this down at least an hour ago, but I couldn't....not until it was finished. If anything, it gives readers some perspective on Iranian animosity towards the west. Can't make a call on factual accuracy but I'm guessing the gist is correct, despite the authors clear sympathies. This is one of those books that makes you want to know more, to further explore the story's details for yourself. Many thanks creators for this incredible accomplisment.

JZlightsaber ,

Really enlightening! 10/10

This is a must read, for anybody, especially in these days of instability in the Middle East. It does an excellent job of explaining the who and the what behind Iran's critical years and the political power plays as well as providing ample reasons why Iran hates the United States. And the best part, it's all based in fact, with supporting news broadcasts from the time interwoven to show the Western point of view.

Seriously one of the best apps on the App Store, period! Will recommend to friends and family, it really sells a more balanced, less pro-West point of view.

Dajjer ,

Always heard about, now I know

The subject of the US participating in the overthrow of the democratically elected president of Iran is one of those things you always hear about and assume it is fact.

But up until a friend turned me on to this app due to its graphic qualities (not subject matter), i was really naive about the subject-matter.

While I am now no master on this event, I am clearly more knowledgeable about what happened. Now I have to re-see the movie Argo, again, to see if I'll have a different perspective about things.

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