Assassins of the Turquoise Palace

Assassins of the Turquoise Palace On the evening of September eight leading members of the Iranian and Kurdish opposition had gathered at a little known restaurant in Berlin when two darkly clad men burst through the entranc

  • Title: Assassins of the Turquoise Palace
  • Author: Roya Hakakian
  • ISBN: 9780802119117
  • Page: 196
  • Format: Hardcover
  • On the evening of September 17, 1992, eight leading members of the Iranian and Kurdish opposition had gathered at a little known restaurant in Berlin when two darkly clad men burst through the entrance Within moments, the roar of a machine gun filled the air Two rounds of fire and four single shots later, four of the men were dead One of the survivors of that shooting,On the evening of September 17, 1992, eight leading members of the Iranian and Kurdish opposition had gathered at a little known restaurant in Berlin when two darkly clad men burst through the entrance Within moments, the roar of a machine gun filled the air Two rounds of fire and four single shots later, four of the men were dead One of the survivors of that shooting, along with the widow of one of the victims and a handful of reporters, attorneys, and fellow exiles, began a crusade that would not only pit them against Tehran but against some of the greatest powers in Germany When an undeterred federal prosecutor, and an endlessly patient chief judge, took over the case, a historic verdict followed which shook both Europe and Iran, and achieved something few could have predicted justice Roya Hakakian s The Assassins of the Turquoise Palace is an incredible book of history and reportage, and an unforgettable narrative of heroism and justice.

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    1. So, I don't know I feel a bit bad giving the book only 2 stars. I didn't mind reading it. I'm sure it's thoroughly researched and the writing is ok (though possibly not super), and it's a good story it had to tell about the assassination of Iranian dissidents in Berlin in 1992 and subsequent 4-year trial. I think the main problem I had with the book was the way it tried to explore the inner mindset and humanize everyone on one side (the victims, their families and their supporters), while mostly [...]

    2. A tremendous story about the assassination of four men who were all members of an Iranian and Kurdish opposition. They had met for dinner at this restaurant in Berlin back in 1992. For days, they had looked forward to this event. All together, it was eight men. In the middle of the meal, two guys walked in and shot them.The guessing game began the next day concerning the perpetrators. It didn't take long for the federal prosecutor to suspect the regime of Iran. Since 1980, one year after Khomein [...]

    3. Author Roya Hakakian has achieved a remarkable feat: She has written a book about the 1992 assassination of Kurdish leader Sadegh Sharafkandi at a Berlin restaurant, and the four-year trial that followed, without ever really acknowledging the Kurds as a people.Except the inevitable assassination scene, Kurds are nearly wholly absent from Assassins of the Turquoise Palace, which otherwise offers a compelling read, with vivid imageries and masterful maneuvering among the different characters and p [...]

    4. Absolutely amazing book! It really is no surprise that the late and great Christopher Hitchens was a big fan of Roya Hakakian and her new groundbreaking book "Assassins of the Turquoise Palace". This masterpiece by Ms. Hakakian is not just a book, it is lyrical poetry mixed together with a historical account in one of the most important trials of state terror of the latter half of the 20th century. Roya takes us on a journey of the assassinations and lives affected in the state sponsored terror [...]

    5. This book was definitely interesting since I didn't know anything at all about Iran, Ayatollah Khomeini, and the persecution of the Kurds. However, I can't say I looked forward to picking it back up each day. It probably would have been a really amazing feature magazine piece, but a lot of the book dragged. The most exciting parts came towards the end when the key trial witnesses were discovered and their back story was revealed. I felt that was much more interesting than the trial itself and al [...]

    6. This is an amazing, tautly written account of an assassination in Germany of Iranian activists. The story follows the crime then the long trial that follows through the eyes of the various participants. The author is spellbinding - several places I marveled at her prose, but always marveled at her moving the story along. This is a true story but reads like a novel.

    7. 3.5 stars. Adequately written and interesting. Not questioning the big picture or overall substance of the work, but do wonder about how the author was able to ensure (if she did) the accuracy of quoted conversations and the like.

    8. What an epic story! Nonfiction, incredibly researched, retelling of an assassination of members of opposing Iranian & Kurdish members. So beautifully written (think IN COLD BLOOD). Filled with heroes and villains, a court trial--a mini series designed for Law and Order.

    9. Very well-written, important and frightening book that honors the courage of those who will hopefully inspire bravery in others who are faced with the difficult task of making decisions about right and wrong, justice and injustice in the face of great threats and fears.

    10. One of the best books I've ever read in regards to politics and Iran. The book reads like fiction. Roya is a very talented story teller.

    11. Everyone else in the book club loved this, and thought the writing was fabulous, so maybe I missed something. I thought the writing was clunky -- sometimes awkward, sometimes overly flowery -- I checked to see if it was a translation. I learned something about the Iranian diaspora but that's about it. Even the trial itself -- all the specifics that were quoted as testimony sounded like political haranguing, no real evidence. Based on the outcome, presumably there was evidence, but the story wasn [...]

    12. There is a spectrum of political assassination from the fanatic inspired by incendiary rhetoric to the targeting of an individual by a governmental agency. ASSASSINS OF THE TURQUOISE PALACE reaches far beyond that spectrum. Most are aware of and were appalled by the fatwa declared against novelist Salman Rushdie in 1988. That highly publicized event was only a small part of a litany of terrorism orchestrated by the highest Iranian political authorities – a reign of terror waged in Paris, Londo [...]

    13. More reviews available at my blog, Beauty and the Bookworm.The biggest problem with Assassins of the Turquoise Palace is that I had no idea what it was about. Having been raised in the good ol' US of A, I have been pretty much perpetually inundated with messages of "Iran is bad. Bad bad bad." While I doubt that's true in its entirety--few things ever are--there are a myriad of areas in which it does seem to have merit. For example, the Iranian government's ordering of the killings in this book. [...]

    14. A story of crime and international intrigue, made all the more compelling because it is true. Roya Hakakian, a poet long before she turned to reporting, writes with beauty and grace as she unveils the account of a political assassination that was ordered by the supreme ruler of Iran and carried out on German soil. What emerges is a work of compelling literary journalism wherein she compassionately recounts the events of a mass shooting that left four dead, its impacts on the survivors and the fa [...]

    15. A corrupt theocracy which kills in the name of God who can take them at their word? Ms. Hakakian traces the assassination of Kurdish opposition leaders in the expatriate Iran community in Germany in a book which reads as well as a mystery thriller. More intense however, since this is history and not fiction. It does however bring to thought the dangers of theocratic rule, and of those who feel empowered with self righteousness, and their lack of moral cohesion, their denial of hypocritical postu [...]

    16. A small non-fiction version of what I imagine a Ludlum novel of the same would look like.The first trial in Germany to finger the leaders of a State as the perpetrators of a murder. Hakakian traces the assassination of Iranian expats and the pressure brought to bear by the Iranians and segments of the German Bund to forestall the prosecution.The book does a strong job of painting the players of the dissident community, and while it strays into the geo-political the work always stays focused on t [...]

    17. This narrative about the assassination of members of the Iranian and Kurdish opposition living in Germany in 1992 and the trial that followed, reads like a novel.Detailed descriptions of the murder scene and the court room; masterful portraits of the characters and their relationships with one another;interjection of the historical context; and a glimpse of how one or two people of unwavering character can make a difference in the world, made this book a compelling read. The story, brought accid [...]

    18. Outstanding read that viscerally conveys the inner turmoil of Iranian expats while exposing the theocratic regime in Iran as heinous and largely unfathomable to the western mindset. Additionally, this book offers a fascinating looks at the German legal system in which, it seems, "prosecutors" actually do what investigators do in the U.S. and the court proceedings end up being group discussions of the evidence by a panel of judges and myriad testifiers.

    19. It’s the story of an assassination of Iranian exiles in Berlin in the early 1990’s. The rest of the story is the story of the trial, the politics of it, the personalities of it, etc. It makes you think about the way we organize ourselves. Also, the story of the lead judge and the prosecutor raise interesting questions about how one goes about one’s task in life, both at small for one’s family, and at larger for one’s society and world. There is much good to chew on here.

    20. Looking forward to reading this book about the Mykonos Assassinations. I read an excerpt here that I found great on Iranian. Assassins of the Turquoise Palace excerpt with interesting intro on the Mykonos Assassinations.Can't wait.

    21. This is a detailed account of the assassination of a group of Iranian activists in Germany, the work done by other Iranian activists living in Germany, and the German prosecution team and government to find and convict the Iranian assassins and penalize the Iranian government from which the orders came. Hakakian writes well and the true story holds your interest throughout.

    22. An amazing look at the plans of the Iranian government at the highest levels to execute hundreds of dissidents and outside opponents of the regime through the case of five Iranian Kurdish exiles assassinated in Berlin in 1992. Well researched, well told and shocking in how widespread the plot was, and may continue to be.

    23. A very interesting book about the l 992 assassinations of Iranian opposition leaders and the ensuing court trial that led a court to find that the killings were ordered by the highest levels of the Iranian government.

    24. Fantastically written work on the brutal 1992 Mykonos killings. Puts the depravity of the Iranian regime on full display. Don't think the regime would have assassinated the Saudi Ambassador to the U.S. on American soil? Think again.

    25. Normally I would expect a book about a 5-year-long trial to be painfully dull, but this is so well-written it is almost a page-turner. Since I was a teenager when the events occurred, I was not aware at all of the state-sponsored assassinations of Iranian exiles in Europe. An important book.

    26. Brilliant and fast-reading. I actually stayed up too late at night on a "school night" reading through to the end. A complicated court case laid out clearly and compelling characterization. One of the better non-fiction books I've read in quite some time.

    27. Very interesting book I was impressed with the research done for the book In light of the current situation in Iran This book gives some real insight into what the governmental leaders are capable of doing rather disconcerting to say the least

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