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Publication of 1970 Memories of Sadegh Ghotbzadeh in the United States


Source: PDN

The 1970 memoir of Sadegh Ghotbzadeh, one of the closest advisers of Ayatollah Khomeini, is published in the United States. The compiler of the collection is Ali Sajjadi who has analyzed the role of Ghorbzadeh in 1979 revolution in Iran as well. 


The manuscripts of Sadegh Ghotbzadeh is provided to Sajjadi through one of Ghotnzadeh's former colleagues in Washington DC. Sajjadi has also interviewed many friends and colleagues of Sadegh Ghotbzadeh for the book. The Persian-language book contains five main chapters in regard of Ghotbzadeh's political activities before 1979 revolution, working as the director of the National Television and the foreigner minister, arrest and execution. 

Sadegh Ghotbzadeh was executed in 1981. The revolutionary government accused him of orchestrating a coup d'etat against the newly established government of Ayatollah Khomeini. "Ghotbzadeh quickly found out the new players in Persian political scene do not care about the right of ordinary people and it is just the matter of power and wealth." Sajjadi says in a recent interview about his book "Fall of Sadegh".

Ali Sajjadi's media Interview on the book "Fall of Sadegh"

Ali Sajjadi was born in 1957 in Tehran. He studied economics at the National University of Iran and moved to the United States in 1979. Sajjadi was an editorial board member of the Persian weekly "Iranshahr" and later "Par" Monthly, both based in Virginia. In 2002 he joined the Persian service of Radio Free Europe (Radio Farda). Currently, he lives and works as a journalist and writer in Washington DC. 

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