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Ahmadinejad: The Secret History of Iran’s Radical Leader

3.53  ·  Rating details ·  81 Ratings  ·  14 Reviews
As Iran's nuclear program accelerates, all eyes are on the blacksmith's son who could have his finger on the trigger. Who is Mahmoud Ahmadinejad? What drives him? To whom, if anyone, does he answer? Internationally acclaimed Iranian journalist Kasra Naji has spent years interviewing Ahmadinejad's friends, family, and colleagues to tell for the first time the true story of ...more
Hardcover, 312 pages
Published May 12th 2008 by University of California Press (first published January 1st 2007)
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Jul 24, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: politik, biografi
I think that it is unwise to judge this book without knowing the writer.because for me,any book that critique someone, i'm pretty sure there are quite a good reason.Kasra Naji portrayed Ahmadinejad as an International villain that going to start World War 3.i personally dont think so.I think judging by Kasra work's history with BBC and CNN and all quite fair to conclude he is pretty much biased.I'm noy saying Ahmadinejad all goody or something like that but this book is a total bashing toward hi ...more
Indah Threez Lestari
810 - 2012

Buku ini memberikan gambaran berbeda tentang sosok Ahmadinejad, karena diambil dari perspektif yang sangat berbeda dari literatur lain yang pernah kubaca. Tapi kalau disebut biografi sepertinya kurang pas. Sebagian orang menganggap buku ini bersifat netral, tapi IMO sepertinya tidak juga, dan komentar penulisnya atas fakta-fakta yang dibeberkannya menunjukkan pendapat pribadinya.

Anyway, setidaknya buku ini mengingatkanku agar lebih banyak membaca agar tidak terjebak untuk percaya pada
Erik Dryden
May 18, 2009 rated it it was ok
This is hardly a biography of Ahmadinejad, nor is there any "Secret History" revealed, as the subtitle would have you believe. Instead it is a somewhat random collection of facts, the vast majority of which could have easily been found in newspaper reports on the Ahmadinejad administration. We learn little about the man himself. Instead, we get brief glimpses of the people he has supposedly fraternized with, but little insight into his actual relationships with them. It would have been nice, for ...more
Jul 26, 2009 rated it really liked it
This was a recommended book for a class I took on Iran. Absolutely fascinating perspective on not only Ahmadinejad, but on the entire political quagmire that is Iran. (After reading this, I was amazed to find over l07 pages of books on Iran in goodreads files.) I almost wish this was required reading for U.S. students, or at the very least anyone involved in the state department in middle east affairs....or any american who wants to know more about a country who's current regime wants to destroy ...more
May 07, 2012 rated it really liked it
I find this book by Naji quite informative. I wish to read the 2nd part of Ahmedinejad tenure by Naji. It is quite researched though I find it amusing Naji has set his own views about the blacksmith son. It’s a bio-story of an Iranian president who led a common life. Why is it hard to believe that he Mr. nobody became president. I like his determination about the nuclear project and wonder why America and Israel against it. India and Pakistan can be nuclear power and I find it objectionable for ...more
Yuu Sasih
Read this for my leadership analysist task. Must say that I don't feel the thrill of his greatness except the fact that he's supporting hardline Islamic group in Iran and his controversial decision to keep developing nuclear weapon. I read it with much skimming for I was on a tight deadline, though. Maybe someday I'll reread it so I could have a fresh perspective about him, not this task-induced thought like now.
Nov 01, 2011 rated it really liked it
Despite the rather sensationalist title, this book is a fairly straight-forward biography of the Iranian president. The author has clearly done a great deal of background research, although he does not appear to have been able to talk to anyone close to his subject. Also, I found his discussions of the various factions of Iranian politics somewhat disappointing, in that he doesn't do a very good job of defining the different factions and their positions to the reader.
Kamil Salamah
Nov 24, 2011 rated it liked it
Interesting and an affirmation of what the regime in Iran stands for. But is it the only one? Absolutely NOT. Both sides of the body of water separating them( Persian to some, Arabian to others)are a mirror image of each other: under different names and disguises but identical in principle. Both equally dangerous to humanity.

The question remains. When will the lime light REALLY shine where the center of all evilness resides?!!!!!!
Aldry Marius Wiyanto
Sep 01, 2011 rated it really liked it
a good book to read for those who wants to know ahmadinejad better. but to be honest, after i read this book i started not to like him, whereas before i adored him. In addition, as i read the book, i found out that Kasra naji wrote this book without gave any comments, so it's a good book because all of the writing based on facts.
Daniel Jafari
Apr 24, 2011 rated it really liked it
a very well composed essay, but predictably short of being an biography of the notorious president. at the same time, a wonderful read as a starter for people interested in mechanics of power in post revolutionary iran.
Samuel Leo Fisher
Dec 12, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: politic
Interesting political strategy.
Apr 25, 2009 rated it liked it
Good book. Very interesting take on what makes this man tick.
Mar 18, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This is an absolutely fantastic book not only on Ahmadinejad but on recent Iranian politics in general.
Ted Heitz
Jul 21, 2010 rated it it was ok
Shelves: geopolitical
I must have missed the secret, just a collection of facts. I still hate him though. Good read if you're unfamiliar with Iran's present day point man.
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