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Patriot of Persia : Muhammad Mossadegh and a very British coup

Author: Christopher De Bellaigue
Publisher: London : Bodley Head, 2012.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"On 19 August 1953 the British and American intelligence agencies launched a desperate coup against a cussed, bed-ridden 72-year-old. His name was Muhammad Mossadegh and his crimes had been to nationalise his country's oil industry, for forty years in British hands, and to flirt with Communism. To Winston Churchill, the Iranian prime minister was a lunatic, determined to humiliate Britain. To President Dwight  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
History
Named Person: Mohammad Mosaddeq; Mohammad Mosaddeq; Muḥammad Muṣaddiq; Muḥammad Muṣaddiq; Mohammed Mossadegh
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Christopher De Bellaigue
ISBN: 9781847921086 1847921086
OCLC Number: 758984434
Awards: Winner of Washington Institute Book Prize: Bronze 2012
Description: x, 310 pages, [8] pages of plates : illustrations, plates ; 24 cm
Contents: Prologue: Father of the nation --
The unchanging East --
A silver spoon --
Fokoli --
Razing Caesarea --
Eclipse of the Qajars --
Isolation --
The tragedy of Khadijeh --
The prize --
Victory or death --
Mossadeghism --
Winning America --
Riding Satan's donkey --
A coup of his own --
Mussy duck shoot --
Unperson --
Epilogue : A movement in men's minds.
Responsibility: Christopher de Bellaigue.

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