Publisher's Review
 
 
Masoud Banisadr's gripping account tells of his role as one of the highest-ranking members of the Iranian Mojahedin, an organisation powerful enough to influence foreign policy in Europe, the USA and the Middle East, and equally effective at controlling the minds of its adherents.

As a postgraduate student in the UK, Masoud's desire to overthrow the Shah and later the Khomeini regime led him to join the Mojahedin, an organisation that demanded total obedience and pseudo-spiritual identification with its charismatic leadership; scrutinising every aspect of its members' lives. It regularly 'purified' its ranks using psychological humiliation so severe it drove some to breakdown and suicide.

The Mojahedin's revolutionary fervour demanded total sacrifice. Masoud was pressured to divorce his beloved wife; alienated from his family and career; left for dead on the battlefields of Iraq and Iran; and separated for over a decade from his children. Years later, following his defection as one of the organisation's key personnel travelling between Europe, the US and Iraq, Masoud has decided to tell his story.

Strikingly candid and courageous, Masoud is a gripping personal narrative, a passionate warning against the dangers of militancy and a shocking exposť of the inner workings of the Mohajedin.

Masoud Banisadr was born in Tehran in 1953. In 1976 he travelled to the UK, where he obtained an MSc in Engineering and Mathematics from Reading University, and joined the Mojahedin at the onset of the Iranian Islamic Revolution, later working in its international media and diplomacy sections. Banisadr defected from the organisation in 1996; he lives in London.