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“[A] timely, ambitious and moving account . . . The power and immediacy of “Death to the Dictator!,” the modern sequel to Ryszard Kapuscinski’s “Shah of Shahs,” come from these crucial moments when Iranians decide whether to abandon hope or ultimately risk their lives . . . Moqadam writes with an authoritative, granular understanding of Iranian society, especially the sociology of its urban youth. The author distills important political context and frictions of class, faith and worldview into lean vignettes.” —Azadeh Moaveni, The New York Times Book Review“[A] moving, brutal account of Iranian protests against the 2009 re-election of President Ahmadinejad . . . A clear and important record of the human toll imposed by one dirty election and a close look at a national injustice that captivated the world.” —Publishers Weekly
Afsaneh Moqadam is a pseudonym. It has been adopted to protect the identity of the author, who witnessed and participated in many of the events described in this book.