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The Nuclear Sphinx of Tehran Paperback – February 5, 2008
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One of the authors is a Israeli expert on Israeli intelligence who writes for Haaretz. The other is an Iran expert of Iranian origin (not Arab, as one of the other reviewers suggests).
The first four chapters dealing with Ahmadinejad's life are certainly good reading, as they include facts not widely known which bear on his performance as president of Iran. Ahmadinejad comes from a rural background, and through the sacrifices of his parents, he was able to attend school and become an engineer. He eventually obtained a PhD in traffic planning (don't laugh, traffic is a huge issue in Iran, especially in Tehran). His religious development included an association with the Hojjatieh society, a messianic movement within Shia Islam which is obsessed with the Mahdi and the apocalypse.
Most importantly, Ahmadinejad came under the influence of Ayatallah Muhammad Yazdi and his followers.Read more ›
Examples of areas where the authors could have done a better job:
1. The discussion in the book about the appointment of Ayatollah Khamenei as the successor to Ayatollh Khomeini is not correct. Khomeini never handpicked Khamenei as his successor. Khamenei's ascendance to the throne was a result of a conspiracy conducted by Rafsanjani. In doing this he was helped by Seyed Ahmad Khomeni (Khomeini's Son) as well. This fact has played a major role in the relationship between Khamenei and Rafsanjani.
2. On page 154, the authors implicitly express dissatisfaction that A. Q. Khan was not assassinated by the Israel's secret service Mossad. I found this untasteful, especially because it is coming from a journalist.
3. A few other mistakes can be found on page 171. e.g., the strait of Hurmuz is between Iran and Oman not between Iran and Saudi Arabia. There has been no U.N. ruling on the three disputed islands between Iran and UAE. As a matter of fact, one of these islands (Abu Musa) is really a disputed territory between Iran and the Emirate of Sharjah (now part of UAE).
Overall the book is a good one and I recommend it. I give it three stars out of five.Read more ›
You will know who is behind the false mask of actual president of Iran, only to find out the true extremist he is too eager to anticipate the coming of his Messiah through war and total destruction if "needed be".
The sooner he leaves his office, hopefully this will happen one day, the better the world would be.
Jayme Kopelman, Brazil
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