Assassins of the Turquoise Palace

Product Number: EB00641089
Released: Mar 11, 2016
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9780802195098
Publisher: Grove Atlantic
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A New York Times Notable Book. "A rumination on the Islamic Republic's culture of terror . . . [A] captivating narrative" (PBS). On the evening of September 17, 1992, eight leading members of the Iranian and Kurdish opposition had gathered at a little-known restaurant in Berlin when two darkly-clad men burst through the entrance. Within moments, the roar of a machine gun filled the air. Two rounds of fire and four single shots later, four of the men were dead. One of the survivors of that shooting, along with the widow of one of the victims and a handful of reporters, attorneys, and fellow exiles, began a crusade that would not only pit them against Tehran but against some of the greatest powers in Germany. When an undeterred federal prosecutor and an endlessly patient chief judge took over the case, a historic verdict followed that shook both Europe and Iran, and achieved something few could have predicted—justice. "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

Author(s): Roya Hakakian
Genre: History
Original Publish Date: Sep 06, 2011

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