Assassins of the Turquoise Palace by Roya Hakakian

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On the evening of September 17, 1992, eight leading members of the Iranian and Kurdish opposition had gathered at a little-known restaurant in Berlin when two darkly-clad men burst through the entrance. Within moments, the roar of a machine gun filled the air. Two rounds of fire and four single shots later, four of the men were dead. One of the survivors of that shooting, along with the widow of one of the victims and a handful of reporters, attorneys, and fellow exiles, began a crusade that would not only pit them against Tehran but against some of the greatest powers in Germany. When an undeterred federal prosecutor, and an endlessly patient chief judge, took over the case, a historic verdict followed which shook both Europe and Iran, and achieved something few could have predicted—justice. Roya Hakakian’s The Assassins of the Turquoise Palace is an incredible book of history and reportage, and an unforgettable narrative of heroism and justice.
 

About Roya Hakakian

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Roya Hakakian is a former associate producer at CBS's 60 Minutes and a documentary filmmaker. She is the author of two acclaimed volumes of poetry in Persian and is a contributor to National Public Radio's All Things Considered. She lives in Connecticut. Visit her at RoyaHakakian.com.
 
Published September 6, 2011 by Grove Press. 336 pages
Genres: History, Political & Social Sciences, Travel, Biographies & Memoirs, Law & Philosophy. Non-fiction

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Riveting account of a multiple murder and trial that led to a paradigm shift in Europe’s relations with post-revolutionary Iran.

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The 1992 killings of four Iranian opposition leaders in Berlin implicated the highest levels of Iran’s leadership.

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Publishers Weekly

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Hakakian's first book, Journey from the Land of No, told the author's story of her years growing up in Iran under Ayatollah Khomeini.

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Washington Independent Review of Books

Late in the evening of September 17, 1992, seven men, including the leaders of the Democratic Party of Iranian Kurdistan (DPKI), were having dinner in a back room of a run-down restaurant in Berlin, Germany.

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When an undeterred federal prosecutor, and an endlessly patient chief judge, took over the Mykonos trial, a historic verdict followed which shook both Europe and Iran, and achieved something few could have predicted--justice.

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