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What do Thatcher, Ayatollah Khomeini and Pope John Paul II have in common?

By James McAuley  

Ayatollah Khomeini: A rebel?

Strange Rebels: 1979 and the Birth of the 21st Century, By Christian Caryl (Basic Books, £18.99)

“Like it or not, we of the 21st century still live in the shadow of 1979.” So concludes Christian Caryl’s introduction to his eloquent new book, Strange Rebels: 1979 and the Birth of the 21st Century.

For Caryl—veteran journalist, former Newsweek Moscow bureau chief, and the first to interview Mikhail Allakhverdov, the US-based Islamist accused of radicalising the Boston Bombers—the world we…

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