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Author: Christopher de Bellaigue
Language: English
Publisher: Bodley Head (February 1, 2012)
Pages: 310 pages
Category: Biographies
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His first book, In the Rose Garden of the Martyrs, was short-listed for the Royal Society of Literature's Ondaatje Prize, and his second, Rebel Land, was short-listed for the 2010 Orwell Prize. He and his wife divide their time between London and Tehran.

As recounted in Christopher de Bellaigue’s recent book, Patriot of Persia: Muhammad Mossadegh and a. .

As recounted in Christopher de Bellaigue’s recent book, Patriot of Persia: Muhammad Mossadegh and a Tragic Anglo-American Coup, that day was filled with bizarre events. To pick one example that gives a jolt to the contemporary American reader, the New York Times correspondent in Tehran, Kenneth Love, later boasted about his own involvement in coup. But what makes de Bellaigue’s book worth reading is not the details of the coup’s story, for which he relies on both English and Farsi sources, but the picture that emerges of Mossadegh, the man. He was born to royalty, but became an ascetic.

Christopher de Bellaigue, a former contributor to The Economist, brings to light the fascinating story . Patriot of Persia - Christopher de Bellaigue. and a. Tragic Anglo-American Coup.

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.

Christopher de Bellaigue (born 1971 in London) is a journalist who has worked on the Middle East and South Asia since 1994. His work mostly chronicles developments in Iran and Turkey. De Bellaigue, who attended Eton College, is from an Anglo-French background. He obtained a BA and MA in Oriental Studies from the University of Cambridge, where he was a student at Fitzwilliam College.

Today, when the country has fallen into the hands of murderous fanatics bent upon regional imperialism and possession of nuclear weapons, it is notably unfortunate that we have so little leverage with its people, but Christopher de ­Bellaigue’s book goes far to explain why. He calls the 1907 deal between Britain and Russia to divide Persia (as it then was) into respective spheres of influence an infamous arrangement.

In a new biography, Patriot of Persia, Christopher de Bellaigue, Tehran correspondent for the Economist, sympathizes with Mossadegh in his attempt to bring democracy to Iran but does not let him off the hook for its failure. The book presents a nuanced portrait of an enigmatic man whose brilliance and fairmindedness fatally collided with his pride and rigidity. It also provides context for the dismal state of .

Patriot of Persia: Muhammad Mossadegh and a Tragic Anglo-American Coup By Christopher de Bellaigue

Patriot of Persia: Muhammad Mossadegh and a Tragic Anglo-American Coup By Christopher de Bellaigue. 2012 320 Pages ISBN: 0061844705 EPUB 8 MB. On August 19, 1953, the American and British intelligence agencies launched a desperate coup in Iran against a cussed, bedridden man. His name was Muhammad Mossadegh, and his crimes had been to flirt with communism and to nationalize his country's oil industry, which for forty years had been in British hands. To Winston Churchill, the Iranian prime minister was a lunatic, determined to humiliate Britain

Patriot of Persia : Muhammad Mossadegh and a Very British Coup. Christopher de Bellaigue was born in London in 1971, and was educated at Cambridge University, where he read Iranian and Indian Studies

Patriot of Persia : Muhammad Mossadegh and a Very British Coup. By (author) Christopher de Bellaigue. Christopher de Bellaigue was born in London in 1971, and was educated at Cambridge University, where he read Iranian and Indian Studies. He and his Iranian wife, the artist Bita Ghezelayagh, returned from Tehran to the UK in 2007 so that de Bellaigue could take up a fellowship at St Antony's College, Oxford.

Patriot of Persia: Muhammad Mossadegh and a Very British Coup (Paperback). On 19 August 1953 the British and American intelligence agencies launched a desperate coup against a cussed, bedridden 72-year-old. Christopher De Bellaigue (author). 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.

Book Description A brilliant biography of one of the great political eccentrics of modern times - Muhammad Mossadegh Product Description * 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 and his crimes had been to to flirt with Communism and nationalise his country's oil industry, for forty years in British hands. To Winston Churchill, the Iranian prime minister was a lunatic, determined to humiliate Britain. To President Dwight 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. He wanted friendship with the West - not slavish dependence. He would not compromise on Iran's right to control its own destiny. The West therefore sided against him and in favour of his great foe, Shah Muhammad-Reza Pahlavi. * Here, for the first time, is the life of a remarkable patriot, written by our foremost observer of Iran. Drawing on sources in Tehran and the West, Christopher de Bellaigue reveals a man who not only embodied his nation's struggle for freedom but is also one of the great eccentrics of modern times - and he uncovers the coup that undid him. * 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.