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Ahmadinejad : the secret history of Iran's radical leader /
Kasra Naji.
imprint
Berkeley : University of California Press, c2008.
description
xiv, 298 p., [4] p. of plates : ill. ; 23 cm.
ISBN
0520256638 (cloth : alk. paper), 9780520256637 (cloth : alk. paper)
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imprint
Berkeley : University of California Press, c2008.
isbn
0520256638 (cloth : alk. paper)
9780520256637 (cloth : alk. paper)
contents note
Prologue: Did you hear the one about Ahmadinejad? -- 1. From the desert to the palace -- 2. Ahmadinejad for president -- 3. Apocalyptic now -- 4. Iran's nuclear quest -- 5. Ahmadinejad vs. the world -- 6. A wolf and a sheep: US-Iran relations -- 7. Iran in turmoil -- 8. Friends in high places.
catalogue key
6731757
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. 273-287) and index.
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"An excellent biography, one that is lively and informative, and at the same time sets the President in his international and domestic contexts. In so doing, Naji provides a most informative portrait of Iran today, and of the many, conflicting, forces that are at play within it."--Fred Halliday, author of "100 Myths about the Middle East"
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"An excellent biography, one that is lively and informative, and at the same time sets the President in his international and domestic contexts. In so doing, Naji provides a most informative portrait of Iran today, and of the many, conflicting, forces that are at play within it."--Fred Halliday, author of 100 Myths about the Middle East
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"A critical and revealing biography of Iran's controversial president."
"A critical and revealing biography of Iran's controversial president."-- New York Review of Books
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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 how he came to power. What emerges in this riveting account, featuring never before published color photographs, is a picture of a man who is much more of a force to be reckoned with than the caricatures offered up so far suggest. While Naji documents Ahmadinejad's often strange behavior, he also shows him to be full of complex contradictions: a man gripped by apocalyptic beliefs, yet capable of switching spiritual allegiance in the quest for power. A man tough enough to fight street battles in the name of Ayatollah Khomeini, crude enough to invite the German chancellor to join him in an anti-Jewish alliance, yet sophisticated enough to win the support of the all-powerful Revolutionary Guard. Kasra Naji takes us inside the shadowy council chambers of Tehran, and shows us the plots, passions, and personalities that will influence Ahmadinejad's next move, while the world waits with bated breath.
Table of Contents
Foreword
Acknowledgements
Introduction: Did You Hear the One About Ahmadinejad?
From the Desert to the Palacep. 1
Ahmadinejad for Presidentp. 57
Apocalypse Nowp. 91
Iran's Nuclear Questp. 111
Ahmadinejad vs. the Worldp. 139
A Wolf and a Sheep: US-Iran Relationsp. 185
Iran in Turmoilp. 207
Friends in High Placesp. 257
Epilogue: In a Make-Believe Worldp. 267
Notesp. 273
Indexp. 289
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