The Shah

The Shah[EPUB] ✸ The Shah ✻ Abbas Milani – Heartforum.co.uk Though his monarchy was toppled in and he died in , the life of Mohammad Reza Shah Pahlevi, the last Shah of Iran, continues to resonate today Here, internationally respected author Abbas Milani give Though his monarchy was toppled inand he died in , 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, than ten years in the making, of the monarch who shaped Iran s modern age and with it the contemporary politics of the Middle EastThe 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 US and Iran to where they are today.

Abbas Milani is the Hamid and Christina Moghadam Director of Iranian Studies at Stanford University and a visiting professor in the department of political science In addition, Dr Milani is a research fellow and co director of the Iran Democracy Project at the Hoover Institution His expertise is US Iran relations, Iranian cultural, political, and security issues.

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  • Hardcover
  • 496 pages
  • The Shah
  • Abbas Milani
  • English
  • 25 May 2018
  • 1403971935

10 thoughts on “The Shah

  1. Ahmad Sharabiani says:

    The Shah, Abbas Milani 2011 The Shah, Palgrave Macmillan ISBN 978 1 4039 7193 7 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,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 contradi The Shah, Abbas Milani 2011 The Shah, Palgrave Macmillan ISBN 978 1 4039 7193 7 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,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 2016 1392 602 9780991896400 21 1 11 29 41 55 73 99 127 167 211 253 273 345 313 345 385 425 443 459 505 545 552 590

  2. Alireza says:

    This is a mostly unbiased and fair biography of the shah Mr Milani is a powerful and excellent writer I have always enjoyed his writings This book gives a very detailed description of Shah s character and life The book isbased on documents rather than oral accounts It is heavily relying on recently unclassified US and British documents on Iran The introduction and the epilogue give short and interesting overview opinion of the Shah s era and reasons for his downfall I absolutely re This is a mostly unbiased and fair biography of the shah Mr Milani is a powerful and excellent writer I have always enjoyed his writings This book gives a very detailed description of Shah s character and life The book isbased on documents rather than oral accounts It is heavily relying on recently unclassified US and British documents on Iran The introduction and the epilogue give short and interesting overview opinion of the Shah s era and reasons for his downfall I absolutely recommend this book for those who are interested in the history of Iran and the Shah s era

  3. Louise says:

    The last Shah, Reza Shah Pahlevi, led a big life and a lot of it is packed between the covers of this book Each chapter begins with a Shakespearean quote, which befits this palace drama The book starts with Mohammad Rezi Shah Pahlevi s usurpation of the throne and ends with his Reza Shah Pahlevi s his son s abdication and death.If you have a background in recent Iranian history, the book is a lot to absorb There is a huge cast of characters, issues and plots The author has 4 reasons speci The last Shah, Reza Shah Pahlevi, led a big life and a lot of it is packed between the covers of this book Each chapter begins with a Shakespearean quote, which befits this palace drama The book starts with Mohammad Rezi Shah Pahlevi s usurpation of the throne and ends with his Reza Shah Pahlevi s his son s abdication and death.If you have a background in recent Iranian history, the book is a lot to absorb There is a huge cast of characters, issues and plots The author has 4 reasons specified on p 441 for the ousting of a regime that modernized Iran and had a 20% annual economic growth rate The book emphasizes the issues that defend these points.While I am not steeped in this, I felt that there were two factors not explored The first is Shah s vast wealth and the second is what appeared to be the structure of or acceptance of a custom for Iran s government at the time.The Shah s fortune is treated as a fact Milani explains the speculations on how much he had, how it was divided among his family and something of the Pahlevi Foundation He does not show much about how this wealth was acquired and managed, nor, anything about the means of corruption involved in obtaining it From the text, you could assume that the Shah made a fabulous salary and invested wisely.Another factor that doesn t seem to get notice is a fundamental flaw in the governmental structure How can you have a constitutional or other democracy with the Shah appointing the Prime Minister, Chief of Staff, Minister or War and other top people Western governments conspired with the Shah to oust a democratically elected leader and following this, the Shah seems to appoint top people with no opposition to his right to do this As long as the Shah appointed these officials, they would answer to him and not the people The changes the west was pushing him to make would be just tinkering around the edges unless or until this fundamental policy changed.There were a lot of interesting side bars Mohammad Mosaddeq was a colorful character working in pajamas long before the proverbial blogger Anything to do with the 2000 year bash from the guest and attendance list to the need to clear snakes was fascinating The small but influential group who pushed President Carter Henry Kissinger who threatened to hold up a treaty with Russia and banking interests allow the Shah into the US to bore no responsibility for the fall out For Carter there was 400 days of hostage holding, and some say an election was lost, all for this leader who was a some time friend of the US.The personality of Shah of this book is hard to fathom He seems very stiff and formal, but there is a party side There is a changing group of people the Queen who procure women for him His twin sister, Princess Ashraf, who is in and out of his public and private life is curious as is the schoolmate from Le Rosey, Ernest Perron, who lived his final days with the Shaw s sister, Shams.The book needs photos particularly when their content is referenced i.e the childhood photo where the positions of future Shah and his twin Asfhraf mirror their role in the family structure The biography ends in Egypt, but could use a brief follow up on the royal family.Comment

  4. Mohamad Hosein Eqbali says:

    Great insights on the character of the un kinged Shah of Iran The Shakespeare lines before each chapter were delightful.

  5. Sassan says:

    Abbas Milani in beautiful prose provides an in depth overview of the Shah s rise and fall in an objective manner relying on primary sources declassified documents , diary letters, and interviews with the people involved and in close proximity within the Shah s regime I understand that some monarchists may feel that this book has a slant against the Shah while those irrationally against the Shah may on the other hand feel that it to be in contrast be too positively reflect on the Shah In real Abbas Milani in beautiful prose provides an in depth overview of the Shah s rise and fall in an objective manner relying on primary sources declassified documents , diary letters, and interviews with the people involved and in close proximity within the Shah s regime I understand that some monarchists may feel that this book has a slant against the Shah while those irrationally against the Shah may on the other hand feel that it to be in contrast be too positively reflect on the Shah In reality, this is a nuanced book that provides in details the evidence of both the good and bad of the Shah and how this manifested with him at the helm of the Peacock Throne I also enjoyed the fact that it provided quite some detailed sources on Reza Shah Khan s tenure as well as an objective outlook on the authoritarian tendencies of Mossadeq The Shah certainly had lots of faults but the one thing that you cannot say is that he did not love his country He wanted the best for his people and for his country and unfortunately Iran has gone only down hill since the regressive revolution of 1979 It is important that we all learn history in its most objective forms so that we can have a better understanding of the lessons history affords us in helping us become much wiser This book has definitely been one of my favorite books of all time A highly recommended read

  6. Daniel Jafari says:

    fascinating read for Iranians and aliens alike.

  7. Adam Balshan says:

    3 stars Biography W 2.75, U 3.13, T 2.90 Exact rating 2.92 21 in genre, out of 28A decent and seemingly balanced biography of Mohammed Reza Pahlavi The writing was decent, but linearity broke down in the 200s, and did not return until the final chapters Lexically above average, but occasionally florid One word misused on p42.The use might be upgraded to a 3.5 if it turns out to be the most meritorious biography of the Shah Overlongness inhibits a reread.For truth, lots of 3 , peppered 3 stars Biography W 2.75, U 3.13, T 2.90 Exact rating 2.92 21 in genre, out of 28A decent and seemingly balanced biography of Mohammed Reza Pahlavi The writing was decent, but linearity broke down in the 200s, and did not return until the final chapters Lexically above average, but occasionally florid One word misused on p42.The use might be upgraded to a 3.5 if it turns out to be the most meritorious biography of the Shah Overlongness inhibits a reread.For truth, lots of 3 , peppered with 2 Specks of 3.5 on p263, pp.336 337, and in the Epilogue

  8. Tariq Mahmood says:

    The much lavished mistress who had been unfaithful all along The book is a beautifully crafted account of the Reza Shah Pahlavi s life and times Every revolution is unique in nature but the Iranian one has always intrigued me as the Iranian people were not exactly famished either financially or physically , which is a common factor almost mandatory in most revolutions The author pitches the same question how could the people hate Shah so much, even after the Shah did so much for them The The much lavished mistress who had been unfaithful all along The book is a beautifully crafted account of the Reza Shah Pahlavi s life and times Every revolution is unique in nature but the Iranian one has always intrigued me as the Iranian people were not exactly famished either financially or physically , which is a common factor almost mandatory in most revolutions The author pitches the same question how could the people hate Shah so much, even after the Shah did so much for them The attention to context details personal life of the Shah and his immediate family in a very vivid detail The author has blended the art of Eastern story telling with Western detail to produce a real page turner The book offers the best story of the Islamic revolution right from its inception to its peak in 1979 It seems that the Shah did not defend monarchy in modern state of Iran, choosing instead to counter the external threat of communism with counter propaganda, thus delivering the common man to the mosque and its clergy, making the Islamic revolution inevitable It is pretty strange that the Shah although educated in Europe failed to follow the example set by a number of European monarchies as they successfully transformed from ruling absolutely to reigning in name only How did the Shah see his own rule He portrayed himself as doing a thankless job almost like some sort of humanitarian philanthropic endeavour which must have further enraged the young Iranians I loved the gradual manner in which the author brought the Islamic revolution to a crescendo in the last chapters with many astute observations of the some of the contemporary players This biography presents a unique and whole picture of the Shah, from a humble beginnings to the height of his career to his end as an international pariah The book left a strong feeling of compassion for the Shah, like a true lover spurned by his beloved who ultimately paid the ultimate price for his true love.The only question left is the main reasons for the Islamic revolution in Iran As the author points out, none of the major reasons for a revolution were present There was no poverty, jobs were aplenty, democracy in some way and form was there It isn t still clear to me what prompted the Iranians to revolt The most ardent followers of revolution were from the new urban class, the peasants uprooted from their villages living in cities The Shah choose provideeconomic and personal growth to try and assuage threat from the new class instead of providing them with their own political representation which is the common practice among most third world sham democracies But unfortunately this move only provided an already frustrated class further reasons for blame and impetus for revolution Further during the lean period of democracy clerical figures like Khomeini were able to proclaim their democratic credentials The Shah was also dumped by the Americans right towards the end who seemed to bethan happy to deal with the new revolutionaries giving credence to the new Islamic regime.So I guess the Islamic revolution was hardly a revolution but a takeover in reality, by a very shrewd Islamic clergy, the only resort to democracy in an era of political vacuum

  9. Margery says:

    Well written, but very scholarly and dense I would have given it a 4 if it included any maps family trees, updated info about the Shah s living relatives, and or photos.

  10. Jessica says:

    I skimmed around and only read parts of it Seems pretty solid, if overflowing with Shakespearean analogy and allusions I picture Dr Milani smoking a pipe, dressed in tweed and arm patches, reclining in a vast study decorated with beautiful Persian rugs and a handcarved bust of the Bard However, Wikipedia tells me he graduated from Oakland Tech, which does give him some street cred as does, I suppose, having been jailed under the Shah for teaching Marxism, then barred from publishing or te I skimmed around and only read parts of it Seems pretty solid, if overflowing with Shakespearean analogy and allusions I picture Dr Milani smoking a pipe, dressed in tweed and arm patches, reclining in a vast study decorated with beautiful Persian rugs and a handcarved bust of the Bard However, Wikipedia tells me he graduated from Oakland Tech, which does give him some street cred as does, I suppose, having been jailed under the Shah for teaching Marxism, then barred from publishing or teaching after the Revolution Okay, the guy s a badass, and if I had time I d actually sit down and read his book It s got a good narrative flow, moving along at a decent clip, and despite some amusing professorial lines in places doesn t appear to get dull Milani isdown on Mossadeq than most other guys that I ve read, and has acomplex and ambiguous take on the CIA driven coup I couldn t find anything specifically about the stewardesses, but there s enough salacious gossip to balance out all the political stuff.I certainly have no grasp on Iranian history or politics, but one thing this book drove home is that being the Shah seriously sounds like it sucked I don t just mean later, but from very early on man, what a miserable life I am definitely not raising my kid as a monarch, there is just no way that lifestyle will not screw you up

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