AUTHORJafarzadeh, Alireza
TITLEThe Iran Threat: President Ahmadinejad and the Coming Nuclear Crisis
PUBLISHERPalgrave Macmillan
CITYNew York, NY

This book, written by an Iranian dissident who is a controversial figure and outspoken critic of Iran, warns the U.S. of the Iranian threat through an account of the Mahmoud Ahmadinejad regime. The author considers three actions of Iran's government to be indicative of the Iranian nuclear threat: the military takeover of the nuclear program, the transfer of nuclear facilities to underground tunnel complexes, and the acceleration of the nuclear weapons program since Mahmoud Ahmadinejad became president in July 2005. The author believes Iran’s nuclear ambitions are evidence of its desire to spread Islamic extremist rule. The book is organized into five parts, mainly related to a chronology of events. The author characterizes the Ahmadinejad presidency as oppressive and describes the build-up of Iran’s nuclear program, particularly since 2005. He presents his views on topics such as: Ahmadinejad’s rise through Iran’s military and political ranks, radical fundamentalist ideology, Iran’s role in Iraq, the militarization of Iran’s nuclear program, Iran’s nuclear weapons capability, the use of front companies to hide Iran’s nuclear program, and the consequences of a nuclear-armed Iran. Appendices include facsimiles of secret documents obtained from the Iranian government, a table documenting the front companies used by Tehran for nuclear and biological projects, and photos.

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