Days of God: The Revolution in Iran and Its Consequences

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Simon and Schuster, Oct 15, 2013 - History - 410 pages
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The 1979 Islamic revolution in Iran was one of the seminal events of our time. It inaugurated more than thirty years of war in the Middle East and fostered an Islamic radicalism that shapes foreign policy in the United States and Europe to this day.

Drawing on his lifetime of engagement with Iran, James Buchan explains the history that gave rise to the Revolution, in which Ayatollah Khomeini and his supporters displaced the Shah with little diffi­culty. Mystifyingly to outsiders, the people of Iran turned their backs on a successful Westernized government for an amateurish religious regime. Buchan dispels myths about the Iranian Revolution and instead assesses the historical forces to which it responded. He puts the extremism of the Islamic regime in perspective: a truly radical revolution, it can be compared to the French or Russian Revolu­tions. Using recently declassified diplomatic papers and Persian-language news reports, diaries, memoirs, interviews, and theological tracts, Buchan illumi­nates both Khomeini and the Shah. His writing is always clear, dispassionate, and informative.

The Iranian Revolution was a turning point in modern history, and James Buchan’s Days of God is, as London’s Independent put it, “a compelling, beautifully written history” of that event.
 

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Review: Days of God: The Revolution in Iran and Its Consequences

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Lots of details, lots of characters -- I was lost and confused several times while reading this book. But once you get past that, you'll appreciate Buchan's work (I really like the fact that he went ... Read full review

Review: Days of God: The Revolution in Iran and Its Consequences

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Solid book on Iran Read full review

Contents

The Origins of the Pahlavi State
1
Cossack Government
27
The
53
Ruhollah
79
Ruritania
99
The Storm Gathers
115
The Indian
147
The Burnt Cinema
159
God Is Great
215
Dog Wedding
243
The Scent of Watermelon
281
Convoys of Light
307
Epilogue
329
Khomeinis Letter of July 16 1988
335
Acknowledgments
387
99
393

The Junction
177
A Box of Earth
195

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About the author (2013)

James Buchan holds a degree in Persian studies from Oxford University. He worked for twelve years as a foreign correspondent for the Financial Times. He has written three works of nonfiction and six novels, including Heart’s Journey in Winter, which won the Guardian Fiction Award, and A Good Place to Die, which was a New York Times Notable Book. He lives on a farm in eastern England.

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