“A comprehensive and well-researched reexamination of a well-meaning but tragic figure.”—Booklist
“This book rises above common misconceptions to tell an important story, one that forged the destiny of Iran and changed the course of Middle East history. There is no better book on the Shah, his rule and legacy, and none more enjoyable to read.”—Vali Nasr, author of The Shia Revival
“A thorough and vivid picture of a very significant period in the political history of Iran and the larger world.”—Farhad Kazemi, author of Poverty and Revolution in Iran Watch Debate over Book at the Woodrow Wilson Center Hosted by Haleh Esfandiary:Video here
Gholam Reza Afkhami Author, Senior Scholar at the Foundation for Iranian Studies
John Limbert Distinguished Professor of International Affairs, United States Naval Academy
Shaul Bakhash Robinson Professor of History, George Mason University
Description 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.
Publisher: University of California Press; 1 edition (January 12, 2009)
About The Author Gholam Reza Afkhamiis 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.
Contents Preface Notes on Transliteration and Translations
PART I. FATHER AND SON 1. The Father 2. Father and Son 3. The Man
PART II. HARD TIMES 4. Ascending the Throne 5. Azerbaijan 6. Nationalizing Oil 7. Toward the Abyss 8. TPAJAX
PART III. SECURING THE REALM 9. A New Vista 10. The White Revolution 11. Women and Rights 12. Mastering Oil 13. Commander-in-Chief 14. Development and Dreams 15. Gas, Petrochemicals, and Nuclear Energy
PART IV. REVOLUTION AND IRONY 16. Politics and Terror 17. SAVAK 18. A Celebration and a Festival 19. The Rastakhiz Party 20. The Gathering Storm 21. “I Heard the Message of Your Revolution” 22. “Melting Like Snow”
PART V. EXILE 23. Trek to Nowhere 24. The Ayatollah’s Shadow 25. Almost Bartered 26. Closing in a Dream
Brief Chronology of the Pahlavi Dynasty Appendix 1: Iran’s Prime Ministers under the Shah Appendix 2: Principles of Iran’s White Revolution Appendix 3: U.S. Ambassadors to Iran, 1941-1979 Notes Selected Glossary of Terms and Events Index