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

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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 ...more
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published May 15th 2012 by Harper (first published February 1st 2012)
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Mohammad Hanifeh

ای غریبانِ سفرکرده، کدامین غربت
بدتر از غربتِ مردانِ وطن در وطن است؟
-حسین منزوی



همیشه ارادت و علاقهٔ خاصی نسبت به دکتر مصدق داشتهام. از این رو، این کتاب رو گزینهٔ مناسبی برای شناخت بیشتر ایشون دیدم.
کتاب رو حوالیِ یک ماه پیش شروع کردم و قرار رو بر این گذاشتم که طوری بخونمش که تا ۲۸ مرداد تمام بشه.
برای منی که خیلی کم تاریخ خوندهم، هر صفحهٔ کتاب پر از اطلاعات جدید بود و بسی لذت بردم ازش.
فصلهای آخر کتاب که بیشتر مربوط به کودتا و روزهای قبل و بعدش بود رو از شب تا صبحِ قبل از ۲۸ام، با خون گریه کردن خ
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Parastoo
May 07, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
خیلی خوب و خوشخوان با نثری شوخ و شنگ. زندگینامهٔ کاملی از مصدق با شرح ضعفها و قوتها و کاستیها. خلاصه که پیشنهاد میشود. ...more
مروان البلوشي
هذه سيرة حياة رئيس الوزراء الإيراني محمد مصدق بقلم الصحفي البريطاني كريستوفر دي بلاج، ويركز دي بلاج في هذا الكتاب المتميز على نقطة محورية، وهي أن: توقف محمد مصدق عن اداء دوره السياسي بسبب الانقلاب الذي دبرته ضده الاستخبارات الأمريكية والبريطانية بالتعاون مع الشاه محمد رضا بهلوي، كان سبباً مباشراً في انحدار الحياة السياسية الإيرانية في عهد الشاه، أو بعد ثورة 1979 واعلان الجمهورية الإسلامية عقب الثورة. وكل هذا سيؤثر بشكل بالغ السوء على جوار إيران العربي.
حيث أن مصدق كان يمثل "أمل" إيران في مستقبل أ
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Adam Morris
Jun 15, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: middle-east
I bought this book because I knew the basic story line of a popular elected Prime Minister chased out of office and a despised Shah propped up by US and British operatives but wished to learn more. Since the writer's credentials seemed impressive I was looking forward to a scholarly and well researched work. Although there is much to learn from this book about the situation in Persia/Iran at the beginning on the twentieth century and about the life of Muhammad Mossadegh there is an overwhelming ...more
Behzad
Sep 28, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
On August 19, 1953, invading soldiers destroyed a neighborhood in Tehran. The soldiers were Iranian, their target the prime minister’s home. 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. Love cla ...more
Yasmin
Apr 03, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
At times I think 3 1/2 star rating would be more appropriate, however, at others 4 is reasonable. I have to say first off that the write up synopsis on goodreads is a lie. Mossadegh didn't flirt with Communism and had never any intention to be even remotely interested in Communism. But to the author's writing. Well I must say I felt I could hardly put the book down! It was written very well indeed and thoroughly well researched. My only negative criticism that there was something of a tendency t ...more
Lawrence Mulkerin
The book reveals the imperfect man that America demonized or dismissed. It helps the reader to understand a hypochondriacal zealot. Iran loved him and we stood with on the side of a tyrant to protect British oil interests. I served there as a Green Beret and came to know a physician who was imprisoned because he supported Mossadegh. The book helps explain a American great mistake, an embarrassment, and moral weakness.
Dimitri
Apr 18, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: persia
The events of the coup occur as sudden and swift as the word warrants. This book focuses more on the significance of Mossadeq in 20th century Iranian politics and on the fariscal facets of the Cold War doctrine.

Austerity Britain in general and British Petroleum in particular failed to see how their desperate clutch on imperial prerogative was unacceptable to an Iran in full state of nation-rebuilding. Eisenhower & Dulles failed to see the faultiness of the Tudeh thread or even to distinguis
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Hanie
Mar 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
اویل کتاب مصدق رو به عنوان "او خیلی ساده، خود ایران، بود" توصیف میکنه و خیلی جالب میگه که مادرش مثل هر مادر ایرانی دیگه ای پسر ارشدش رو جوری بزرگ کرده بود که احساس شاهزاده بودن می کرد.
و خیلی با صراحت میگه که مصدق هرجا میدید برخلاف میلش عمل میکنن(البته میل مصدق همسوی نفع مردم بود.) فورا درخواست استعفا مینوشت و یا خودش رو به مریضی میزد جوری که نوشته "او مستعد برخوردهای عاطفی بود." شاید اول به نظرم این یه ضعف اومد ولی با خوندن نتیجه ش دیدم که شاید این هم روش خاص مصدق بود برای پیروزی در مقابل کسانی
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Simon Zohhadi


An excellent biography of the extraordinary politician and human-being, Dr Muhammad Mossadegh. He was truly a great Iranian patriot. Being English-Iranian, I am embarrassed by Britain's "colonial" role in Iran at that time and its exploitation of Iranian oil. I have to side 100% with Mossadegh on this matter and his distrust of the British at that time was understandable. British officials of the period come across as extremely pompous and out of touch, not only with a changing world but also a
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Urmila
Mar 22, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A really fascinating book that captures a critical moment in Iran's history that's essential to understand what came afterwards for that country in the 20th century. It's truly affecting to learn how close one statesman came to shaping a true constitutional democracy. Most of what you see about Iran in the news is completely western-centric - this book gives good insight into the internal forces and viewpoints that have shaped the country's history.
Ehsan Salehian
نامش دیگر روی هیچ خیابانی نیست ، تصویر چهره اش هم روی هیچ تمبری نیست،اما خاطره اش در دل ایرانیان دست نخورده مانده ، چون آرمان هایش جهانی اند و فنا و زودگذری قدرت را به سخره می گیرند. خودش یک بار به شاه گفت روز های خوب و بد می گذرند ، آن چه می ماند نام نیک یا بد است.
Osama Abusitta
Jan 22, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well written book about events that took place in Iran over half a century ago. It is relevant now because the same sort of intervention by UK and US to prevent real democracy from forming in the Middle East still persists. Perhaps we will read about what is really happening now in about half a century.
Pamela Wetherill
If you enjoy discovering how the seeds of today's problems were planted in our past actions, this is an excellent read. It illustrates quite graphically the unintended consequences of "fixing" problems abroad.
Meysam Rezakhan
او عقب ماندگی ایران را نه به گردن عدم تناسب نهادها و عرف هایش بلکه تقصیر جهل و بی عرضگی ساکنانش می دانست ....
Babak Fakhamzadeh
Superb biography on Mossadegh.
Nicholas
Apr 04, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this book very much. It is very well written and on the whole easy to read. Fortunately the author is concerned to maintain a coherent narrative that is accessible to the general educated reader, without drowning the reader in details that books of this kind often do. It's also the ideal length too.
I agree with the author's interpretation of events too, and although clearly an admirer of Mossadegh this is no hagiography. No doubt the author's background in both the UK and Iran greatly
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Mshelton50
An informative read. Muhammed Mossadegh was an ardent Iranian nationalist who captured the spirit of his times, and the United States made a grievous error launching the CIA-backed coup that toppled him from power in 1953. The more I read, the more I think the Eisenhower administration's foreign policy was a disaster.
Gavin
Apr 02, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If you want or need to know about Iran and its mixed relationship to the West (specifically the U.K., the Soviet Union, and the U.S.) this book explains it through the long life and political career of Muhammed Mossadegh.
Martin
This book explains why everyone in Iran knows the name Mossadegh but few in America would recognize his name. The Anglo-American coup was tragic indeed -- for everyone. Full review to come.
PRINCESS
May 20, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017
“A broth is on the stove, and I do not want to be the vegetables.”
Dr. Mirza Mohammad Khan Mosaddegh Al Saltaneh

Mohammad Mosaddegh was an Iranian politician and the head of democratically elected government holding office as the Prime Minister of Iran from 1951 until 1953.
He was the first Iranian holding PHD in law. Dr. Mosaddegh was one of the oppositions with Pahlavi government during the reign of Qajar to Pahlavi. He was seeing Pahlavi’s monarchy a kind of creation England policy.
For 30 year
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Hadi
Sep 01, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
کریستوفر دی بلگ به خوبی تونسته با مراجعه به کتاب های مختلف و منابع باارزش، زندگی نامه سیاسی جذابی از دکتر مصدق ارائه بده. تقریبا میشه گفت اکثر اتفاقات را در قالب رمان و با بیانی شیوا مطرح کرده و به خوبی خواننده رو همراه می کنه. انتخاب منابع این نویسنده با توجه به زندگی در ایران، به خوبی انجام شده.
اما نکته ی منفی درباره کتاب نوشته ی کریستوفر دی بلگ، ترجمه ی فارسی این کتاب است. اولین موردی که برای بنده قابل هضم نبود، تغییر نام کتاب بود که همان نام اصلی میهن پرست ایران زیبا و گویای ویژگی های دکتر
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Parnian khanzadeh
Jun 24, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
روایتی روان و جذاب از دورانی پر از بیم و امید در تاریخ ایران. روایتی از اشک ها و لبخندها، پیروزی ها و شکست ها ،روایتی از مردی که تا همیشه نامش در تارک تاریخ این کشور خواهید درخشید و هر جا نامی از «آزادی» ببرند، نام او را به آن پیوند خواهند داد. کتاب تصویری بی پرده از مصدق ارائه می دهد و دوران پر التهاب نخست وزیری او را با تکیه بر منابع و مستندات بازگو می کند. از نمایندگی اش در مجلس تا انحلال مجلس به دستش، گام به گام اتفاقات و فضای پرالتهاب آن روزها در کتاب انعکاس یافته است. نثر ساده کتاب و گزیده ...more
Tom
Jul 22, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Could not get into this. Was really looking forward to it but there was no flow. Stopped reading.
Danilo DiPietro
Feb 26, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great insight into a fascinating historical figure and into a country and culture that we desperately need to understand better. Definitely recommend.
Don
Feb 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A very good bio of Mossadegh by someone who spent time with Iranian sources. The removal of Mossadegh, one of the biggest US diplomatic mistakes of the past century (up there with Viet Nam and Iraq), is covered in depth. Mossadegh had opportunities to secure his place and gain US support long before the coup but did not accomplish that for reasons that DeBellaigue details at length. But, of course, the US and Britain eliminated any chance of a good outcome in Iran on their own initiative.
Kurishin
Dec 05, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I would not recommend this volume as a conduit to learning more about the coup and the reasons for that led to the Shah's return. There is too much space allotted to Mossadegh's rather uninteresting life and other politics that are not necessarily related to the event that defined Mossadegh's life. Also, we have no idea what would've become of Iran had Mossadegh remained in power no matter what we know of his character and past. Speculation is pointless. As usual, the biographer becomes infatuat ...more
Ebrahim Dehqan
چند روزی از بستن پرونده ای در رابطه با خلیل ملکی نگذشته بود که تراژدی تنهایی را خواندم؛ اگر متمایل به وقایع آن دوران باشید کشش برای خواندنش ایجاد خواهد شد. از رسم معمول بیوگرافی ها پیروی نمیکند و لحن متن در سراسر کتاب از نوعی شوخی بهره میبرد، حتی در نقل قول ها هم چنین است و بر سادهخوان بودن متن افزوده است. از همه مهمتر اینکه کتاب را یک بریتانیایی نوشته است؛ جایی که در رسانههایش مصدق همیشه سوژه طنزپردازان و کاریکاتوریستها بوده است
برای اینکه تصویری نسبتا بیطرفانه از مصدق در ذهن تصویر شود این کتاب
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J
Dec 10, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
6/10 This biography is sympathetic to Mossadegh, but it does point out some of his failings and quirks. This is the second book I've read surrounding the Iran coup of 1953, and I don't know if I know much more about the coup. So much has been lost to the mists of time and bended by word of mouth. This book has lots and lots of names of people that don't seem important enough to mention, but they were related to Mossadegh somehow so they get mentioned. This covers the politics of Iran, but it's m ...more
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Christopher de Bellaigue was born in London in 1971 and has worked as a journalist in the Middle East and South Asia since 1994. His first book, In the Rose Garden of the Martyrs: A Memoir of Iran, was shortlisted for the Royal Society of Literature’s Ondaatje Prize. His latest book is Patriot of Persia: Muhammad Mossadegh and a Tragic Anglo-American Coup. He lives in Tehran with his wife and two ...more
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