"Patriot of Persia" Author on Mossadegh and 1953 Coup Legacy
Born in London in 1971, de Bellaigue first visited Iran in 1999 during the Khatami phase, later becoming The Economist’s Tehran correspondent and author of two books on the country: In the Rose Garden of the Martyrs: A Memoir of Iran (2005) and The Struggle for Iran (2007). In 2009 he led an hour long BBC documentary Iran and Britain, examining the countries’ uneasy past — a sound foundation for his third and latest book on Iran, the much awaited biography Patriot of Persia: Muhammad Mossadegh and a Tragic Anglo-American Coup (2012). His ability to speak and read Persian was a significant asset in researching the late Iranian Prime Minister, whom he has expressed admiration for.
Married with two children to Iranian artist Bita Ghezelayagh, de Bellaigue divides his time between homes in London and Tehran.
Harvard Kennedy School: April 23, 2013Conversation with Nicholas Burns, Professor of International Relations and former Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs (2005-2008).
WorldDenver Talks Interview: February 1, 2013Interview with Kim K. Savit on PBS' Denver, Colorado affiliate:
Radio Koocheh Interview: Chicago, January 16, 2013Interview at Northeastern Illinois University with Kian Amani (farsi only):
University of California, Irvine: January 9, 2013Presentation and slideshow as part of Patriot of Persia's North American book tour.
Saturday Extra Interview: November 17, 2012Interview with host Geraldine Doogue of ABC Radio National (Australian Broadcasting Corporation):
CBC Interview: October 24, 2012The Sunday Edition with Michael Enright from the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation:
Progressive Radio Network Interview: June 8, 2012
National Public Radio Interview: May 17, 2012NPR interview with Morning Edition's Steve Inskeep.
Asia Society: May 15, 2012
America Abroad Media Interview: April 2012
TIME's "Man of the Year" Article Examined, 60 Years Later
Christopher Hitchens on the 1953 Coup in Iran
British Scholar Fred Halliday on Revolution in Iran
MOSSADEGH t-shirts — "If I sit silently, I have sinned"