The Shah

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2011-01-04
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
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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.

Author Biography

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.

Table of Contents

Introductionp. v
The Flying Dutchmanp. 1
A Compromised Constitutionp. 11
The Peacock Thronep. 29
Jocund Juveniliap. 41
Happy Homecomingp. 53
Crown of Thornsp. 67
Hurley's Dreamsp. 89
Dawn of the Cold Warp. 111
Palace of Solitudep. 141
Ajax or Bootp. 171
Cat on a Hot Tin Roofp. 203
Russian Housep. 221
The Dark Side of Camelotp. 233
Garrulous Premierp. 255
The Bright Side of Camelotp. 279
The Desert Bashp. 309
Architecture and Powerp. 339
The Perfect Spyp. 355
The Perfect Stormp. 369
The Shah's Last Ridep. 405
Epiloguep. 435
Notesp. 442
Indexp. 481
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