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Iran: The Green Movement [Kindle Edition]

Slater Bakhtavar
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Book Description

"This was by far the largest street protest and demonstration in the
history of Iran since the 1979 Iranian Revolution. The hundreds of
thousands of upset supporters of the defeated reform candidate Mir
Hussein Mousavi marched the streets of Tehran and other cities, defying
the official protest ban. Mousavi appeared for the first time in public
at a rally staged by his supporters in Tehran after the landslide
election win of Ahmadinejad, in the hope of calming the now-growing
demonstrations.

What some hoped to be a calm protest turned out to be a riotous one
as the protesters vented out their frustration and dismay about their
candidate's loss in the June 12th election. In order to quell the
protests, the Iranian security forces and the uncompromising militia
continued to act with force and arrest the protesters, causing them to
revolt further. The revolution only led to the supporters' incurring of
injuries from the beatings of the government's militia. Brothers' blood
was shed on the streets of Tehran as the rioters fought back and the
militia fired guns from rooftops.


Iran's supreme leader and most powerful figure, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei,
drew a hard line that posed as a ploy for Iran's opposition protesters to
either halt any further protests over the June 12th disputed election
or risk a violent crackdown. Ayatollah Ali Khamenei issued this warning
during his stern sermon in Tehran. He warned the protesters and
opposition leaders that they would be held personally responsible if
the street protests did not end. 


Uncompromisingly, Khamenei told the protesters to drop their demands
for a new election and insisted that last week's presidential votes had
been transparent.

He said that the Islamic Republic does not alter vote counts as the
system does not allow cheating. At the end of the sermon, Khamenei
added that if the protesters will not obey and still pursue protesting,
he will unleash the military force. Khamenei's warning seemed to not
have any effect because shortly after dusk, cries of "Death to the
dictator" were shouted from the rooftops as the protesters began their
first sign of resistance."

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"..an important book, "Iran: The Green Movement". Author Slater Bakhtavar was born there and understands how the world can neutralize this threat. Read it and be empowered!" --Jim Bohannon, Host of "The Jim Bohannon Show"

"Few people inside or outside of The Beltway understand the Movement as well as Slater, and fewer still articulate it as well as he. "Iran: The Green Movement" is a must-read..." --Lincoln Brown, Host of "The Lincoln Brown Show"

"Iran: The Green Movement" is a timely "must read" and a necessity in attempting to understand the decade long struggle of the Iranian youth." --Elise Richmond, Host of "The Elise Richmond Show"

"..I highly recommend Iran: The Green Movement for every home school bookshelf, every public school library bookshelf." --Renee Taylor is a licensed private investigator with The Taylor Company, an investigations and research company

"...Iran native Slater Bakhtavar, author of the new book, Iran: The Green Movement, shows the desire of the people of Iran to replace their current form of government with a democratic republic..." --Trunews Radio

From the Back Cover

One of the more surprising demographic facts about Iran is the fact that 70% of the population is under 30 years of age. This simple statistic has molded Iran into an increasingly more modern society with a thriving and unpredictable "student population." This population, who is often referred to as "Iranian youth", has been strongly linked to the generation of reformist ideas surfacing in Iran.

At 7:30 a.m. in Tehran the coercion of the "security forces" against the opposition had already escalated a point that was considered to be the most aggressive since the Presidential election. The Iranian civilians woke up to scenes in the street only fit for a movie. A city bus had been set on fire in the night and the smoldering wreckage only further illustrated the devastation that this country was experiencing. What seemed to be chaos at this point was only a small glimpse of the near future of the Iranian people. The citizens of Iran should brace themselves for the likelihood of more bloody altercations between the security forces and protesters on the streets of Tehran.

By 10:25 a.m., the Iranian state television reported that 10 people were killed as the police and protesters clashed in the streets of Tehran in lieu of the protester's defiance to Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. Reports said there were at least another 100 protesters severely injured during the clashing.

More demonstrators took to the streets of Tehran during the afternoon. Women, youth, students and members of the moderate clerical establishment took to the streets in the thousands chanting and wearing the bright green campaign colors of Moussavi and showing support for the "Green Movement".

Product Details

  • File Size: 296 KB
  • Print Length: 256 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0578033259
  • Publisher: Parsa Enterprises, LLC; 1st edition (November 28, 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003AKZATS
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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I'm kind of split in my evaluation of Slater Bakhtavar's book. If you disagree, just leave a comment, instead of giving me lots of "unhelpful" clicks.

On one hand it's a quick-reading account of the 2009 Iranian Presidential election that Ahmadinejad almost for certain stole. On the other hand, the book lacks perspective, analysis, and synthesis. Additionally, the book was written by someone who was personally caught up in the events, so any sense of objectivity is lost. Not that I think that the author or Mousavi or the reform movement is on the wrong side of history, quite the contrary, it just that in gathering facts and forming opinions, it is always important to get the full picture.

Having gotten the above out of the way, I do think that his book will be useful for future readers and historians to understand the reform movement in Iran. Bakhtavar clearly presents many day to day details that will make understanding Iran easier for future historians, many details that may not be so easily documented and otherwise lost to future historians.

Lastly, keep in mind that the book came out just a few months after the election.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Iran and its youth. August 26, 2011
By Ramesh
Format:Paperback
I have to agree that the book brings out the core of Iran that is its youth. For any reforms the young generation is very important and Iran is leading towards development and progress with the support of its youth.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Shamefully underrated April 2, 2011
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Outstanding chronology of the Green Movement in Iran. It is as if the author gathered NY Times articles and Twitter updates, weeded out the most relevant and compelling detail, organized the data by the date, and compiled it into a book. The book is concise and thorough account of the Green Revolution, and ultimately the Green Movement, in Iran under Ahmadinejad.

I am upset that the book and author did not receive the attention that it deserves. I think it is a mix of an unknown author and a bad publishing house. The cover art looks outdated and ugly and there are some editing issues. It doesn't read as a NYTimes Best Seller, but it is definitely a staple in understanding modern Iran and the undercurrents of the Green Movement. Highly recommended for those interested in Iran.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Writing, Amazing People August 21, 2011
Format:Paperback
In the past few years, history might record that it is the people of Iran, the citizens, who struggled the most at the beginning of this 21st century. I read quite a bit on the region and Iran: The Green Movement is perhaps the BEST and most detailed account of that struggle to date. Written by a native from Iran, The Green Movement describes the raging political war that followed the anything-by-democratic election of 2009, a major turning point in modern-day history of the country. The biggest insight you will get here is the look at how the people of Iran's past 2 decades - not the leadership but the ordinary citizens - differ from their historic and even their 1970s and 1980s counterparts. Plus, Iran: The Green Movement offers insight into what the future holds. Extremely eye-opening!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Good and Quick Review of Iran's Revolution July 22, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
This is a fast moving, first hand account of the last Iranian revolution.
The book is written by an Iranian living in the United States.

If you want to know what happened in Iran a few years ago, read this book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars THE UNTOLD STORY September 9, 2011
By PJK
Format:Paperback
For the first time, we get an inside look at what really happened in Iran that brought Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to power. The author, Slater Bakhtaver, gives details about the emotion of the times and how hopes for a new future in Iran were dashed by what was a fixed election. The fallout of this election can still be seen today in the policies and politics of Iran today. Interesting insight from the Iranian mind of the author.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Green Movement August 26, 2011
Format:Paperback
The Book Iran: 'The Green Movement' by Slater Bakhtavar is very cheerful with the ideas of freedom fighters. It explains the atrocities done by the rulers and the sufferings of the citizens.
Actually it is a green Movement to the country. The front cover explains the victory symbol with scattered blood and the gathering of the people.

Iran: The Green Movement
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Look behind the Scenes of the Brave Iranian people August 25, 2011
By Joan
Format:Kindle Edition
Slater Bakhtavar's documentation of Irans "Green Movement" is a wonderful description of the Iranian peoples desire to become a democratic society in the face of a corrupt and violent goverment that will stop at nothing to prevent the people from getting what they want.

The book takes you step by step and day by day through the many demonstrations, and attempts by the Iranian people to change the country they love and explains how the government using everything at their disposal to stop them from getting the word out to the world. Many innocent people, only looking for a better way of life have been beaten, jailed, and even murdered for speaking out against the current government.

This is a book that needs to read by the masses so that a better understanding of the current situation in Iran is made public worldwide, and perhaps someday soon the Green Movement will achieve their goal.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Detailed and specific
I have been following Iran since the Islamic Revolution in 1979 and have read several books on the Persian nation. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Stephen Brett
5.0 out of 5 stars The truth on Iran
Upon purchasing "Iran: The Green Movement" I was told to do an essay on the facts I know about Iran. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Chelsea
5.0 out of 5 stars Iran's Green Movement
This moving and articule book is a first hand account of the events that led to the 2009 protests in Iran. Read more
Published 14 months ago by David Westerley
1.0 out of 5 stars so many factual errors
If you make the mistake of purchasing this 'book" you may want to entertain yourself with making a list of errors in it. Be aware: the list will be long! Read more
Published on May 16, 2012 by farhang
1.0 out of 5 stars Horrible and Unscholarly
Did the author pay his friends to come on here and write favorable reviews or something? I got this to help me with a paper I'm writing, and it is completely useless! Read more
Published on April 18, 2012 by Natural Beauty
1.0 out of 5 stars Interested in the Green Movement? Avoid this
Bakhtavar's "book" reads more like a blog entry or collection of wikipedia articles. Uncited, full of factual inconsistencies and gramatical errors, this is little more than a... Read more
Published on February 27, 2012 by Brian
1.0 out of 5 stars Did you know Bon Jovi is Iranian?
That and several other factual errors somehow make it past the editors (if there were any) of this mediocre book. Read more
Published on January 9, 2012 by Saganite42
4.0 out of 5 stars The Outcome of the Green Movement is Important for the Fulfillment of...
One of the most important events that will cause the rise of Iran in the Middle East that I have proposed in my book, "Living in the Age of the Ram and the Goat" is the alliance of... Read more
Published on October 9, 2011 by Darren M. Thompson
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book!
I love keeping up with current events, but I hate how the news will leave things out. I tried to find out more about the uprising in Iran, but only bits and pieces have been... Read more
Published on September 15, 2011 by John R.
5.0 out of 5 stars nicely researched.
The movement here in Iran can be rejuvenated and propelled to victory if such leadership is provided. Read more
Published on September 9, 2011 by Wounded Knee Chief
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Attorney, journalist, author, policy analyst and political commentator.

Guest on several national and locally syndicated talk shows such as G. Gordon Liddy, Jim Bohannon Show, NPR, Crosstalk America, Mancow Mueller, Les in the Morning, Elise Richmond Show, KTRH Morning News, Liberty Radio, AFR National Radio, Freedom Radio with Jack Blood, Talk Back, Lincoln Brown, VOA, Rick Barber Show, Dr. Laurie Roth, Larry Pratt, Trunews and Newsmakers.

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