By Kasra Naji
As Iran's nuclear application hurries up, all eyes are at the blacksmith's son who can have his finger at the set off. who's Mahmoud Ahmadinejad? What drives him? To whom, if an individual, does he solution? the world over acclaimed Iranian journalist Kasra Naji has spent years interviewing Ahmadinejad's pals, family members, and co-workers to inform for the 1st time the genuine tale of ways he got here to strength. What emerges during this riveting account, that includes by no means sooner than released colour photos, is an image of a guy who's even more of a strength to be reckoned with than the caricatures provided up to date recommend. whereas Naji files Ahmadinejad's frequently unusual habit, he additionally indicates him to be choked with complicated contradictions: a guy gripped by way of apocalyptic ideals, but able to switching religious allegiance within the quest for energy. a guy tricky sufficient to struggle highway battles within the identify of Ayatollah Khomeini, crude adequate to ask the German chancellor to affix him in an anti-Jewish alliance, but refined adequate to win the aid of the omnipotent progressive shield. Kasra Naji takes us contained in the shadowy council chambers of Tehran, and indicates us the plots, passions, and personalities that might impact Ahmadinejad's subsequent stream, whereas the realm waits with bated breath.
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Kevin Hermening of Mosinee, Wisconsin, a financial planner, who was a 20-year-old Marine guard when the embassy was seized, said that Ahmadinejad was one of his interrogators the day of the takeover, and a ‘higher-rank security official’. David Roeder, 66, the former deputy Air Force attaché at the embassy, said he remembered Ahmadinejad working in a supervisory role in one-third or more of the 44 interrogations he underwent. ‘The interrogator and the interpreter always deferred to him, so he was clearly in charge,’ he said.
It would be entirely implausible if the young Ahmadinejad, with newly developed connections to the inner circle of Ayatollah Khomeini’s trusted clergymen, did not feel tempted to become involved in this drama. Whatever the truth of the situation, the last word so far seems to be from an unlikely source: the CIA. The agency, after analysing the photograph claiming to depict the new Iranian president at the US embassy, declared definitively that the bearded figure was not Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. As a final point, it is also clear that any links with hostage taking would pose a liability for him as president.
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Ahmadinejad: The Secret History of Iran's Radical Leader by Kasra Naji