Shah of Shahs

Shah of Shahs

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"Shah of Shahs" depicts the final years of the Shah in Iran, and is a compelling meditation on the nature of revolution and the devastating results of fear. Here, Kapuscinski describes the tyrannical monarch, who, despite his cruel oppression of the Iranian people, sees himself as the father of a nation, who can turn a backward country into a great power - a vain hope that proves a complete failure. Yet, even as Iran becomes a behemoth of riches' and as the Shah lives like a European billionaire, its people live in a climate of fear, terrorized by the secret police. Told with intense power and feeling, Kapuscinski portrays the inevitable build-up to revolution - a cataclysmic upheaval that delivered Iran into the rule of the Ayatollah Khomeini.
Publisher: London : Penguin, 2006.
ISBN: 9780141188041
0141188049
Branch Call Number: 955.053 KAP
Characteristics: 281 p. ; 20 cm.

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uncommonreader
Feb 10, 2018

This book is about the decline and fall of the last Shah of Iran. Life under the Shah was unbelievably violent, cruel and repressive. Although the book was written in 1982, it still offers insights in the rise of the Shiites and interesting reflections on revolutions.

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