Patriot of Persia by Christopher de Bellaigue

94%

13 Critic Reviews

Patriot of Persia seems to me to break new ground in Iranian biography, and is sure to find readers in Iran.
-Guardian

Synopsis

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.
 

About Christopher de Bellaigue

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Christopher de Bellaigue has worked as a journalist in the Middle East and South Asia since 1994. He is the author of In the Rose Garden of the Martyrs: A Memoir of Iran, which was shortlisted for the Royal Society of Literature Ondaatje Prize; The Struggle for Iran, and Rebel Land: Unraveling the Riddle of History in a Turkish Town, which was shortlisted for the prestigious Orwell Book Prize for political writing. He is the Tehran correspondent for The Economist and a frequent contributor to The New Yorker, Granta, Harper's, the New York Review of Books and the New York Times Book Review. He lives in London with his wife and two children.
 
Published May 15, 2012 by Harper. 333 pages
Genres: History, Biographies & Memoirs, Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction
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Critic reviews for Patriot of Persia
All: 13 | Positive: 12 | Negative: 1

Kirkus

Excellent
Reviewed by Kirkus Reviews on May 15 2012

A pleasing combination of intriguing local color and cultural and historical depth.

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Guardian

Excellent
Reviewed by James Buchan on Mar 02 2012

Patriot of Persia seems to me to break new ground in Iranian biography, and is sure to find readers in Iran.

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Guardian

Excellent
Reviewed by Lindsey Hilsum on Feb 05 2012

...a Persian-speaking British journalist who lived in Iran and married an Iranian – has written a book that feels both fresh and relevant, and has a foot in both the British and Iranian camps.

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Wall Street Journal

Excellent
Reviewed by SOHRAB AHMARI on May 11 2012

In fact, if there is a lesson to be drawn from this otherwise compelling biography, it is that to find freedom, Iranians must begin taking credit for having authored their own tragedy.

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Financial Times

Excellent
Reviewed by David Gardner on Mar 09 2012

Patriot of Persia, by a British Persian scholar and journalist with deep experience of Iran, is a rich and timely immersion in that culture.

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The Washington Post

Excellent
Reviewed by Tara Bahrampour, on Jul 21 2012

The book presents a nuanced portrait of an enigmatic man whose brilliance and fairmindedness fatally collided with his pride and rigidity.

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The Independent

Excellent
Reviewed by Roger Howard on Feb 10 2012

Christopher de Bellaigue's superbly timed biography of Iran's former prime minister, Mohammed Mossadeq, helps us to do so.

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London Review of Books

Excellent
Reviewed by Pankaj Mishra on Jun 21 2012

In Christopher de Bellaigue’s politically astute biography, Mossadegh is not the ‘dizzy old wizard’ and ‘tantrum-throwing Scheherazade’ of countless Anglo-American memoirs and press reports...

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The National

Excellent
Reviewed by Paul Muir on Mar 09 2012

Patriot of Persia is required reading for anyone seeking a better understanding of Iranian political culture and the "blowback" effects of ill-conceived interventionist foreign policies.

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The New York Review of Books

Excellent
Reviewed by Roger Cohen on Aug 16 2012

The days proved numbered. De Bellaigue, fluent in Farsi, draws on previously unused Iranian sources to bring Mossadegh to vivid life.

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The Times Literary Supplement

Excellent
Reviewed by Wm. Roger Louis on Jun 27 2012

U ntil now, no biography in English has caught the personality and significance of Muhammad Mossadegh,

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Sugar Street Review

Excellent
Reviewed by Tom Begg on Mar 27 2012

Patriot of Persia is a gripping portrait of a crucial figure in the history of the Middle East, whose legacy is still very much with us today.

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Asharq Al-Awsat

Below average
Reviewed by Amir Taheri

The assumption is that, mere objects in their own history, Iranians cannot offer a valid narrative.

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