Saturday, November 26, 2011

Book Review and Foreign Affairs

An account of terrorism peppered with insight into the international intrigues of governments and businesses is what Ms. Hakakian has provided in Assassins of the Turquoise Palace.  The terrorist event - a slaughter of Iranian exiles - takes place in Berlin Germany during the fall of 1992.

Assassins of the Turquoise Palace
by Roya Hakakian
Grove Press

Ms. Hakakian's easy writing style - several times I checked to ensure the book was not fiction - takes us on a journey through terrorists actions, German legal structure and international machinations involving European governments and Iran.  The book was a page turner.

In light of current international events involving Iran (Brookings fellow's testimony to Congress titled "Progress of the Obama Administration's Policy Toward Iran" ), Ms. Hakakian's book is well-timed.

The New York Times, via its Sunday Book Review, offers a critique of Ms. Hakakian's book in the article, "By the Ayatollah's Decree"; published 2011 September 16.

Link to Ms. Hakakian's web site: Roya Hakakian


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