“The Legacy of Mohammad Mosaddegh” A lecture on Nicolas Gorjestani’s book

Please join us on Thursday, February 24, 2022, 2:00-3:30 p.m. PST for a virtual book chat titled “The legacy of Mohammad Mosaddegh” by Nicholas Gorjestani.

from iran Mohammad Mosaddegh was one of the most important national leaders of the 20th century. Gorjestani’s book examines the story of this leader’s life, his strategy of resistance, his governance, his record of reform, his overthrow and his legacy. The book combines insightful memoir, strategic analysis, economic assessment, and historical review to weave a compelling narrative that puts the reader at the forefront of the transformational events that unfolded in Iran in the 1950s.

Mosaddegh opposed Winston Churchill, Harry Truman and Dwight Eisenhower in 1951-1953 over the nationalization of Iran’s oil industry. His governance was interrupted as he was overthrown in a paramilitary coup. Mosaddegh was overthrown in the first post-WWII regime change organized and supported by Britain’s MI6 and the US CIA.

The book, Mosaddegh, is part of a two-volume publication:
Ahead of their time: the legacies of Mohammad Mosaddegh in Iran and Zviad Gamsakhurdia in Georgia.
Book 1: Mosaddegh; Volume 2: Zviad

The result of decades of study and research using multiple primary sources, these two books offer a unique perspective based not only on the author’s professional experience, but also on his intimate knowledge of Iran and Georgia. .

Nicholas Gorjestani is a former senior World Bank official with more than four decades of economic development experience in transforming countries. Born in Iran of Georgian descent, Gorjestani has maintained cultural ties to both countries and followed their political economy for more than half a century. He lives in Washington, D.C.

This event is presented by UCI Jordan Center for Persian Studies and Culture.

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