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Story of my life was published by Saqi publishing company on Jan 2004 here you can  find long version of that book that is three times more.

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'A remarkable book that resounds with the suffering of the human condition … demands to be read.' Fred Halliday

'Brilliant … an extraordinary book.' Independent

'Powerful and illuminating … Masoud reads as a long letter of love, and of explanation, to the wife he has for ever lost.' TLS

'This book is a masterpiece and a must-read for anyone interested in such subjects as sects, thought-control, terrorism and totalitarianism.' Asharq Alawsat

A story unlike any other - a dramatic personal account of covert operations within the Mojahedin, a highly secretive extreme organisation still operating today

A passionate and terrifying tale of one man's revolutionary journey

Reviews From Amazon.co.uk

Fred Halliday
‘A remarkable book that resounds with the suffering of the human condition ... demands to be read.’

Book Description
Growing up in the aftermath of the 1953 CIA coup in Iran exposed the young Masoud Banisadr to extremes of wealth and poverty, loyalty and betrayal.

Years later Banisadr, a middle-class young man pursuing postgraduate study in the UK, decided to join the Mohajedin, an organization fighting to dislodge the regime that took power in Iran following the 1979 revolution.

Torn between two loves – his family and the cause – Masoud gave up normal life to pursue the revolution. The dream quickly turned sour. He was forced to divorce his beloved wife and stand by while she married another man and bore his children, alienate himself from his family and career, and remain separated for over a decade from his children.

Years later, following his defection from the organization, Masoud has decided to tell his story. It is a story unlike any other to come out of Iran in modern times; at once a passionate and terrifying account of one man’s revolutionary journey, it is also a poignant warning against the dangers of extremism.

Synopsis
Growing up in the aftermath of the 1953 CIA coup in Iran exposed the young Masoud Banisadr to extremes of wealth and poverty, loyalty and betrayal. Years later in the United Kingdom, where Banisadr had gone to do postgraduate study, he decided to join the Iranian Mohajedin, an organization fighting to dislodge the regime that took power following the 1979 revolution. Torn between two loves - his family and the cause - Masoud gave up normal life to pursue the revolution. But it wasn't long before the dream turned sour. The Mojahedin's revolutionary fervour demanded more than total sacrifice: he was pressured to divorce his beloved wife, alienate himself from his family and career, and remain separated for over a decade from his children. Years later, following his defection from the organization, Masoud decides to tell his story. Masoud is a story unlike any other to come out of Iran in modern times; at once a passionate and terrifying account of one man's revolutionary journey, it is also a poignant warning against the dangers of extremism.

About the Author
Masoud Banisadr was born in Tehran in 1953. In 1976 he travelled to the UK, where he obtained postgraduate degrees in Engineering and Mathematics. Masoud joined the Mojahedin

 Reviews in Amazon.com:

A must read for Mojahedin members and supporters, October 10, 2005
 
Reviewer: Afshin Azad "Afshin" (Canada) - See all my reviews
The main lesson from this book: Life is not black or white but an array of colours and shades. No one is absolute but God. The day you loose your thoughts, this is when you loose it all. Must relay on the people, like Mossadegh, Ghandi, Mandela, and not any absolutist organization for change and for freedom. Life is beautiful, cherish it.
Just read it.
Desperately needed book, August 9, 2005
 
Reviewer: William of Albemarle (Virginia) - See all my reviews
Far too many Americans operate from the mindset that the "enemy of my enemy must be my friend." As such, still sore over the hostage crisis of a quarter century ago, and inclined to believe the worst accounts about Iran, simple Americans, conservative to liberal, leading Congressman to Faux News devotees, have been willing to believe the absurd claims about the Islamic Republic emanating from the Islamic Marxist CULT known to many as the People's Mujahedin of Iran.

As a result, we have "armies" of unthinking Mooj stooges around the USA willing to quote this and that Mooj source as fact. As the "thinking" goes, well, even if it the claim is something other than true, well, who cares - it serves the same desired "cause" - regime change in Iran. Fact is, it is counterproductive to such ends, on nationalist grounds, as few Iranians can stomach supporting an organization that served the ends of Saddam Hussein in his long war against Iran. (The Mooj are still based in Iraq - under de facto US encirclement, over objections from Iraqi leaders)

I know of no reputable INDEPENDENT scholarly observer of Iran who has EVER given credibility, at face value, to the claims emanating from the PMOI/MEK/Mooj.... Ervand Abrahamian is by the best scholar on the subject, yet there are others.

The US State Department has issued periodic reports on the Mooj - and for twelve years plus has been bold enough to call a spade a spade - and issue reports concluding that the PMOI is and remains a terrorist organization. Of course, Mooj defenders and certain neocon players have been claiming that its those State Department "liberals" at it again, and that their brand of the Mooj was merely for "political reasons" as they wanted to "appease" Iran.

Utter rubbish, to anybody with a clue about Iranian realities. Ex-Senator Torricelli (D-NJ) was forced to withdraw from his reelection campaign in part because he was exposed as a Mooj stooge - something less than politically correct after 9/11 and the presumed "war on terror." Other rising politicians, both Republican and Democrat, have also been tempted to take seriously Mooj claims. More seasoned hands know better.

Curiously, even some neocon figures are out now claiming that they "hate" the Mooj and their activities. Even (so-so)Rob Sobhani, the Pretender's (Shah) presumed foreign minister-in-waiting once warned of associations with the Mooj. (something some Monarchists have forgotten of late)

So what's the fuss? This book is a critical start to getting behind the standard propaganda waves behind the PMOI curtain. Yes, its a compelling personal story of Banisadr's political sojourn. I was a bit frustrated that his valuable analytical insights about the PMOI are often burried within long personal missives. I was particularly struck to read his account of the horrendous role of the female "handlers" within the PMOI. Here we had Banisadr acting as a key propagandist for the PMOI in foreign capitals, and yet his every movement, action, writing, and even his personal thinking was subject to "ideological" critiques by his "handlers."

In short, no thinking liberal or conservative (that includes you John Hughes) should be willing to quote any "fact" coming from the Mooj without careful checking and corroboration from sources separate from the Mooj. Banisadr's book, despite its minor flaws, provides a critical and moving eye-opener for anyone in the West contemplating how their own governments are being manipulated by ruthless expatriate pressure groups - in this case, vis-a-vis

 

 

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Masoud : memoirs of an Iranian rebel / Masoud Banisadr.

LC Control Number:

2004478617

Type of Material:

Text (Book, Microform, Electronic, etc.)

Personal Name:

Banisadr, Masoud, 1953-

Main Title:

Masoud : memoirs of an Iranian rebel / Masoud Banisadr.

Published/Created:

London : Saqi, 2004.

Description:

473 p. : ill. ; 21 cm.

ISBN:

0863563740

Subjects:

Banisadr, Masoud, 1953-
S»azm»an-i Muj»ahid»in-i Khalq (Iran)
Revolutionaries--Iran--Biography.
Iranians--Great Britain--Biography.
Iran--Politics and government--1979-1997.

LC Classification:

DS316.9.B364 A3 2004

National Bib. No.:

GBA3-W3943

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(OCoLC)ocm52530769

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