The Shah

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St. Martin's Press, Jan 4, 2011 - Biography & Autobiography - 496 pages
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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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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

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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

Contents

1 The Flying Dutchman
1
2 A Compromised Constitution
11
3 The Peacock Throne
29
4 Jocund Juvenilia
41
5 Happy Homecoming
53
6 Crown of Thorns
67
7 Hurleys Dreams
89
8 Dawn of the Cold War
111
13 The Dark Side of Camelot
233
14 Garrulous Premier
255
15 The Bright Side of Camelot
279
16 The Desert Bash
309
17 Architecture and Power
339
18 The Perfect Spy
355
19 The Perfect Storm
369
20 The Shahs Last Ride
405

9 Palace of Solitude
141
10 Ajax or Boot
171
11 Cat on a Hot Tin Roof
203
12 Russian House
221
Epilogue
435
Notes
442
Index
481
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Abbas Milani is a historian and author. He is the Director of Iranian Studies at Stanford University and co-director of the Iran Democracy Project at the Hoover Institution. Milani has written for publications including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and Forbes and has appeared on CNN, the BBC, and NPR, among others. A member of the board of directors of the Iranian Studies Group at MIT, the San Francisco Chronicle has said that "Milani has the ear of Washington insiders." He lives in California.

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