The Life and Times of the Shah

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University of California Press, Jan 12, 2009 - History - 740 pages
This epic biography, a gripping insider's account, is a long-overdue chronicle of the life and times of Mohammad Reza Shah, who ruled from 1941 to 1979 as the last Iranian monarch. Gholam Reza Afkhami uses his unparalleled access to a large number of individuals—including high-ranking figures in the shah's regime, members of his family, and members of the opposition—to depict the unfolding of the shah's life against the forces and events that shaped the development of modern Iran. The first major biography of the Shah in twenty-five years, this richly detailed account provides a radically new perspective on key events in Iranian history, including the 1979 revolution, U.S.-Iran relations, and Iran's nuclear program. It also sheds new light on what now drives political and cultural currents in a country at the heart of today's most perplexing geopolitical dilemmas.
 

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Contents

1 The Father
3
2 Father and Son
24
3 The Man
42
HARD TIMES
59
4 Ascending the Throne
61
5 Azerbaijan
86
6 Nationalizing Oil
110
7 Toward the Abyss
137
17 SAVAK
381
18 A Celebration and a Festival
404
19 The Rastakhiz Party
423
20 The Gathering Storm
441
21 I Heard the Message of Your Revolution
468
22 Melting Like Snow
498
EXILE
523
23 Trek to Nowhere
525

8 TPAJAX
155
SECURING THE REALM
185
9 A New Vista
187
10 The White Revolution
208
11 Women and Rights
238
12 Mastering Oil
263
13 CommanderinChief
285
14 Development and Dreams
317
15 Gas Petrochemicals and Nuclear Energy
335
REVOLUTION AND IRONY
364
16 Politics and Terror
365
24 The Ayatollahs Shadow
545
25 Almost Bartered
569
26 Closing in a Dream
593
Appendix 1
599
Appendix 2
601
Appendix 3
602
Brief Chronology of the Pahlavi Dynasty
605
Notes
607
Selected Glossary of Terms and Events
679
Index
683
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Gholam Reza Afkhami is Senior Scholar at the Foundation for Iranian Studies. Before the revolution of 1979 he was Professor of Political Science at the National University of Iran, Secretary-General of Iran's National Committee for World Literacy Program and Deputy Minister of Interior. He is author of The Iranian Revolution, among other books

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