Ahmadinejad: The Secret History of Iran's Radical Leader by Kasra Naji

By Kasra Naji

As Iran's nuclear software speeds up, all eyes are at the blacksmith's son who can have his finger at the set off. who's Mahmoud Ahmadinejad? What drives him? To whom, if a person, does he resolution? across the world acclaimed Iranian journalist Kasra Naji has spent years interviewing Ahmadinejad's neighbors, relations, and co-workers to inform for the 1st time the real tale of ways he got here to strength. What emerges during this riveting account, that includes by no means sooner than released colour photos, is an image of a guy who's even more of a strength to be reckoned with than the caricatures provided up to date recommend. whereas Naji records Ahmadinejad's usually unusual habit, he additionally indicates him to be choked with advanced contradictions: a guy gripped by way of apocalyptic ideals, but in a position to switching religious allegiance within the quest for energy. a guy tricky adequate to struggle road battles within the identify of Ayatollah Khomeini, crude sufficient to ask the German chancellor to affix him in an anti-Jewish alliance, but subtle sufficient to win the help of the omnipotent innovative safeguard. Kasra Naji takes us contained in the shadowy council chambers of Tehran, and exhibits us the plots, passions, and personalities that may impression Ahmadinejad's subsequent movement, whereas the realm waits with bated breath.

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Little did he know that the war between the two countries would last eight years – longer than anyone could have imagined. The war would leave hundreds of thousands of young men dead on both sides of the border and even more maimed and injured. And it would transform the fortunes of the two countries. In the Kurdish region where Ahmadinejad was based, the start of the Iran–Iraq War offered Kurdish Peshmergas an opportunity to hit back at central government forces in the region. Now with Iran and Iraq at war, many Kurds on both sides of the northern sector 32 AHMADINEJAD of the border saw an enormous opportunity to realize dreams of a Greater Kurdistan, bringing Iranian and Iraqi Kurds and eventually those in southern Turkey and eastern Syria together into one independent state.

Three years earlier, it had revealed that Iran had clandestinely built nuclear FROM THE DESERT TO THE PALACE 21 facilities at two different spots in central Iran. The revelations had been found to be true by independent sources. Now it was making another incredible claim and many in the media took it seriously. The story was given further credence when the veteran BBC journalist John Simpson said that he remembered having interviewed the man in the photograph in the US embassy grounds in Tehran after the hostage crisis was over.

More importantly, rightwing groups enjoyed the support of the Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Khamenei. Nevertheless this was a period when a wind of change was sweeping across Iran, and fundamentalist Islam was losing its appeal. The election of President Khatami, a moderate clergyman who wanted to marry Islam and democracy, impose the rule of law and remove tension between Iran and the outside world, had drastically changed attitudes in the country. Hardline Islamic groups felt threatened like never before.

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