Fine in Near Fine jacket. A fascinating story of love, betrayal and death and a rare inside look at what happened in Iran after the return of Ayatollah Khomeini. Focuses on the life of Iran's Foreign Minister at the time-Sadegh Ghotbzadeh.
My main issue with this book is that Carole Jerome tries a bit too hard to explain away Ghotbzadeh's faults, and in doing so she takes away from the tragedy of the story. David Harris, who tells some of Sadegh's story as a main subplot in his telling of the Iranian Hostage Crisis, does a better job portraying the story as a Shakespearean tragedy, but his is not a biography. Jerome would have done better to avoid glossing over the blatent ambitious streak in her subject and his early idolization of the Ayatollah. Together, Sadegh's faults make his death at the hands of an Ayatollah-approved firing squad more tragic than it otherwise would have been, and I feel that Jerome has heavily understated this. Her attempts to incorperate Iranian folklore into the book also falter, mainly because her style makes such tactics seem a bit overdone. On the other hand, she does go into detail with scenes Harris merely alludes to (such as Sadegh's storming of the Iranian ambassador's party while in college), and she reveals many dramatic moments and amusing insights that Harris also ignored (such as the fact that while Sadegh did not drink, he was well versed in picking good wines for friends). It's a decent book, but somebody should write a more complete biography, I think he deserved it.
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