As international tension over Tehran's nuclear ambitions continues to grow, it is more important than ever to examine Iran's national history and find clues to this complex country. The Economist’s Tehran correspondent Christopher de Bellaigue helps us to do so in Patriot of Persia, the first biography exploring the life and impact of one of the greatest anti-colonial heroes of the 20th century: Muhammad Mossadegh.
Christopher de Bellaigue has spent the past decade working as a journalist in the Middle East and South Asia, and his work has appeared in The Economist, the New York Review of Books, Granta, and The New Yorker. In addition to Patriot of Persia, he is the author of Rebel Land: Among Turkey’s Forgotten People, The Struggle for Iran and In the Rose Garden of the Martyrs: A Memoir of Iran, which was shortlisted for the Royal Society of Literature’s Ondaatje Prize. He will be joined in discussion with Suzanne DiMaggio, Asia Society’s Vice President for Global Policy Programs, and author of “The Iran Primer: Power, Politics, and U.S. Policy.”
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