Patriot of Persia: Muhammad Mossadegh and a Tragic Anglo-American Coup

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6.41 X 9.26 X 1.16 inches | 1.09 pounds

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About the Author

Christopher de Bellaigue has worked as a journalist in South Asia and the Middle East, writing for the Economist and the Financial Times, the Independent, and the New York Review of Books. 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.


"Compelling... the West has handled its relationship with Iran as badly as possible... we have little leverage with its Bellaigue's book goes far to explain why."--Max Hastings, Sunday Times (London)
"A timely book...elegantly written...feels both fresh and relevant...highlights the dangers of a foreign policy that ignores the perceptions of those with memories longer than our own."--The Guardian
"Superbly timed...portrays some fascinating, and often farcical, stories of political life in Iran"--Independent
"Brilliant...A sweeping new biography...also a rich portrait of Iran amid the revolutionary upheaval of anti-colonial reform movements...-the antecedent, in many ways, of today's Middle East uprisings."--The Daily
"De Bellaigue's book is unsurpassed as a rounded portrait of Mossadegh."--Times Literary Supplement (London)
"Portrayed by Bellaigue as a classic tragic hero...the book presents a nuanced portrait of an enigmantic man whose brilliance and fairmindedness fatally collided with his pride and rigidity."--Tara Bahrampour, Washington Post
"Economist Tehran correspondent de Bellaigue uses plenty of local insight to provide general readers with an intriguing combination of biography, history and strategic study."--Kirkus Reviews
"A compelling biography... Bellaigue...writes with economy and a lightly ironic touch...The result is a three-dimensional profile of Mossadegh that contrasts sharply with the heroic democrat mythologized by his supporters."--Wall Street Journal
"Authoritative...a politically astute biography"--Pankaj Mishra, London Review of Books
"Brilliant...deft...De Bellaigue, fluent in Farsi, draws on previously unused Iranian sources to bring Mossadegh to vivid life...De Bellaigue's powerful portrait is also a timely reminder that further Western recklessness toward Iran...would only pile tragedy upon tragedy."--Roger Cohen, New York Review of Books
"...superbly researched..."--Huffington Post
"...a major strength of the book is that it does not seek to lionize the protagonist."--Washington Independent Review of Books
"...thanks to veteran journalist Christopher de Bellaigue's brisk, engaging 300-page biography, Mossadegh's strange personality and at times baffling motives come into clearer focus."--The Daily Beast