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I Heart Khomeini

"'Going to Tehran'...is a long and elaborate promotional brochure"  

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What Ben Affleck's Argo Misses About Iran

"You have to watch Argo in the South as I did"

  

 

 
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A New York Times Notable Book of the Year A DailyBeast Not to Be Missed Book of 2011 A Kirkus Reviews Best Non-Fiction of 2011

 

 

Assassins of the Turquise Palace : Mykonos Assassinations, Iran Assassinations, Saudi Ambassador, Iran Politics


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Hitchens on Assassinations of The Turquoise Palace and recent allegations against Iran

We have been here before, as a splendid recent book reminds us, and have learned that no allegation against the goon squads in Tehran can be thought of as prima-facie implausible. 

 


 What critics say:

New york Times Iran foreign policy Roya Hakakian assassinations Iran ". .  . Carefully researched and vividly written  . . . In addition to being a lively account of an extraordinary trial, Roya Hakakian's book can be read as an unsettling reminder of the dangers of excessive zeal." 

~The New York Times Sunday Book Review ** Editors' Choice **

“[A] riveting account of a multiple murder and trial that led to a paradigm shift in Europe’s relations with post-revolutionary Iran…. Hakakian… deploys all of her talents as a former producer at 60 Minutes and a poet in her native Farsi to tell the human and political story behind the news… A nonfiction political thriller of the highest order.”

~ Kirkus Reviews, (starred review)

“This is a brilliant, riveting book, with all the elements of a great thriller—a horrific crime, sociopathic villains, international intrigue, personal betrayals, a noble prosecutor and an honorable judge. And it is all too real: with remarkably comprehensive reporting and brisk, smart writing, Roya Hakakian has told a great story but, more important, she has made plain the lethal immorality at the heart of Iran's regime”

~ Joe Klein, Time Magazine

“As the world contemplates the pressing predicament of Iran, Roya Hakakian offers one possible solution through a riveting tale that is most timely and profoundly urgent. This superb true story is much more than an international In Cold Blood— it is a stunning parable of the central struggle of our times between totalitarianism and the rule of law.” 

~ R. James Woolsey, Director of the CIA 1992-1994

“Roya Hakakian is something rare: a poet turned investigative reporter. The outcome of this unusual fusion is a work of journalistic revelation, written so fluidly and gorgeously, it is a masterpiece.”

~ Lesley Stahl, 60 Minutes

 

Excerpt detailing the initial Mykonos assassinations and trial. 

 

 

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MEET ROYA

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Roya Hakakian has collaborated on over a dozen hours of programming for leading journalism units on network television, including 60 Minutes and on A& E's "Travels With Harry", and ABC Documentary Specials with the late Peter Jennings, Discovery and The Learning Channel.


Roya is a founding member of the Iran Human Rights Documentation Center, and serves on the board of Refugees International Read More

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