Patriot of Persia

Patriot of Persia

Muhammad Mossadegh and A Tragic Anglo-American Coup

Book - 2012
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Christopher de Bellaigue, a former contributor to The Economist, brings to light the fascinating story of one of the great anti-colonial heroes of the twentieth century: Muhammad Mossadegh, the great Iranian leader whose untimely demise resulted in the Islamic Revolution of 1979, and a man who has been demonized, ridiculed, and misunderstood in the West while remaining an icon and an inspiration across the Middle East. Patriot of Persia, a new biography exploring his life and impact, opens a crucial new window into Mossadegh--whose role in the evolution of Iran's political climate cannot be overemphasized--providing a resource that will prove equally invaluable to academics, newshounds, and activists as they struggle to understand Mideast politics, Iran, Ahmadinejad, and the future of the region--and the world.
Publisher: New York, NY : Harper, [2012]
Edition: First U.S. edition
ISBN: 9780061844706
Branch Call Number: 921 Mossa
Description: x, 310 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm


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Nov 15, 2018

Non-factual, one sided book that ignores the entirety of events happening within this period. A prime example would be the fact that MOSSADEGH, not THE KING, broke the constitution of Iran, multiple times at that too. Also was heavily biased towards Mossadegh, and the way he describes "colonialism" shines a light onto his beliefs. Despite the fact that Iran never was under "imperial" or "colonial" rule.
I encourage all readers to read the constitution of Iran before or after reading this, as well as note that this man, Mossadegh, cheered on and set the man guilty of shooting the previous prime minister in cold,dead blood. He also rewarded him with government paid monthly handouts.
In addition, please look at the way he held the "referendum" after unconstitutionally disbanding the senate and the parliament back then.
Lastly look into the vast support he had from the communists and Islamists of Iran.

In summary, 1/5 stars, good fiction if you want to avoid the facts and fantasize a man who gave posts to all his relatives within the government into a "hero" he never was against something that never existed

MarioEnriqueRiosPinot Jul 02, 2014

I finished reading this book and I found it interesting because it revealed how somewhat nuts Mossadegh was in playing into his own overthrow. Not that the Brits and USA did not help inflame an already volatile situation.


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