Patriot of Persia: Muhammad Mossadegh and a Very British Coup (Paperback)Christopher de Bellaigue (author)
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de Bellaigue’s enthralling account of the Anglo-American coup to remove Muhammad Mossadegh as prime minister of Iran is as gripping and multi-layered as the finest thriller. Detailing both Western paranoia and Iranian hubris, Patriot of Persia is an intelligent, well-balanced piece of narrative non-fiction.
On 19 August 1953 the British and American intelligence agencies launched a desperate coup against a cussed, bedridden 72-year-old. His name was Muhammad Mossadegh, the Iranian prime minister. To Winston Churchill he was a lunatic, determined to humiliate Britain. To President Eisenhower he was delivering Iran to the Soviets. Mossadegh must go.
And so he did, in one of the most dramatic episodes in modern Middle Eastern history. But the countries that overthrew him would, in time, deeply regret it. Mossadegh was one of the first liberals of the Middle East, a man whose conception of liberty was as sophisticated as any in Europe or America. He wanted friendship with the West - not slavish dependence.
Here, for the first time, is the political and personal life of a remarkable patriot, written by our foremost observer of Iran. Above all, the life of Muhammad Mossadegh is a warning to today's occupants of Downing Street and the White House, as they commit us all to intervention in a volatile and unpredictable region.
Publisher: Vintage Publishing
Number of pages: 336
Weight: 246 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 22 mm
'[It] is about a wildly popular figure who promised Iran's future would not be dependent on paying homage to the west: Mohammed Mossadegh, who was brutally removed from power in a coup orchestrated by the CIA in 1953. De Bellaigue is an outstanding journalist and you can tell why.' - Peter Frankopan, History Today
'Compelling.' - Max Hastings, Sunday Times
'Excellent.' - Charles Glass, Spectator
'A rich and timely immersion.' - David Gardner, Financial Times
'De Bellaigue's book is unsurpassed as a rounded portrait of Mossadegh.' - Times Literary Supplement
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