Drawing on a rich range of political, journalistic, and academic sources, Chehabi meticulously sketches the 28-year-old history of Iran's opposition forces. Although the Liberation Movement of Iran (LMI) is often mentioned in the West, little is known of its struggles with both the imperial and revolutionary governments in Teheran. Chehabi provides an in-depth look at LMI leaders, including Ali Shariati, Mahmud Talegani, and Mehdi Bazargan. By examining these leaders' beliefs, ideologies, and programs for action, Chehabi helps readers understand Ayatollah Khomeini's ascension to power in 1979 and his later divorce from the LMI. An imporant book for the serious student of contemporary Iranian affairs.-- Joseph A. Kechichian, La Canada, Cal.