Khomeini's Ghost: The Iranian Revolution and the Rise of Militant Islam

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From the bestselling author of Saddam comes the definitive biography of Ayatollah Khomeini's Islamic revolution and how his fundamentalist legacy has forever influenced the course of Iran's relationship with the West.

In February 1979, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini returned to Tehran after nearly fifteen years in exile and received a hero's welcome. Just as the new world order sought to purge the communist ideologies of the Cold War, the religious doctrine of Islamic fundamentalism emerged to pose an even greater threat to post–Iron Curtain stability—and Khomeini would mastermind it into a revolution.

Khomeini's Ghost is the account of how an impoverished young student from a remote area of southern Iran became the leader of one of the most dramatic upheavals of the modern age, and how his radical Islamic philosophy now lies at the heart of the modern-day conflict between Iran and the West. Con Coughlin draws on a wide variety of Iranian sources, including religious figures who knew and worked with Khomeini both in exile and in power.

Both compelling and timely, Khomeini's Ghost is essential reading for anyone wishing to understand what lies at the center of many of the world's most intractable conflicts.

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Con Coughlin, one of Britain's leading journalists, is the executive foreign editor of the Daily Telegraph and a world-renowned expert on the Middle East. He is the critically acclaimed author of the New York Times bestseller Saddam: His Rise and Fall. He appears regularly on television and radio in the United States, and has been a frequent political commentator on CNN, NBC, and MSNBC. He has also written for the Wall Street Journal and the Atlantic Monthly. He lives in London, England.

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Probably no single person embodies the American image of Islamic Fundamentalism better than the Ayatollah Khomeini, the stern-faced man whose return to Iran in 1979 eventually led to the American hostage crisis. British journalist Coughlin probes the impact of Khomeini’s Islamic revolution on Iran and how it has shaped developments in the broader Middle East. In part 1 of this book, Coughlin details the 76-year-old Khomeini’s triumphant return to Iran as he took control from the autocratic shah and launched his religious and cultural revolution. In part 2, Coughlin analyzes Khomeini’s legacy since his death, in 1989. Among the lasting effects of Khomeini’s revolution: radicalization of the Shi’a population in Lebanon, support for anti-coalition insurgency in Iraq, the threat of Iran’s nuclear program, and Iranian-funded and -trained Islamist groups in Iraq, Afghanistan, Lebanon, and Gaza. An absorbing look at a man who started life as an orphan in a remote and impoverished region of southern Iran and went on to become one of the most influential men in the modern world, whose impact resounds to this day. --Vanessa Bush

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