Though his monarchy was toppled in 1979 and he died in 1980, the life of Mohammad-Reza Shah Pahlevi, the last Shah of Iran, continues to resonate today. Here, internationally respected author Abbas Milani gives us the definitive biography, more than ten years in the making, of the monarch who shaped Iran's modern age and with it the contemporary politics of the Middle East.
The Shah's was a life filled with contradiction—as a social reformer he built schools, increased equality for women, and greatly reduced the power of the Shia clergy. He made Iran a global power, courting Western leaders from Churchill to Carter, and nationalized his country's many natural resources. But he was deeply conflicted and insecure in his powerful role. Intolerant of political dissent, he was eventually overthrown by the very people whose loyalty he so desperately sought. This comprehensive and gripping account shows us how Iran went from politically moderate monarchy to totalitarian Islamic republic. Milani reveals the complex and sweeping road that would bring the U.S. and Iran to where they are today.
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ShahUser Review - indulgence4 - Overstock.com
I havent read this book yet but its exactly what I wanted. I heard the author speak in San Francisco and the author was fascinating and insightful. Ive also ready excellent reviews of this book. Im looking forward to reading it. Read full review
The ShahUser Review - Elizabeth R. Hayford - Book Verdict
Mohammad Reza Pahlavi ruled Iran as its hereditary, divine monarch for almost 40 years before he was driven from the throne by the 1979 popular revolution. Milani (research fellow, Hoover Inst ... Read full review
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