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Eminent Persians: The Men and Women Who Made Modern Iran, 1941-1979 (2 Volume Set)

Eminent Persians: The Men and Women Who Made Modern Iran, 1941-1979 (2 Volume Set) [Kindle Edition]

Abbas Milani
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As the 25th anniversary of the Islamic Revolution approached, Abbas Milani realized that very little, if any, attention had been given to the entire prerevolutionary generation. Political upheavals and a tradition of neglecting the history of past regimes have resulted in a cultural memory loss, erasing the contributions of a generation of individuals. Eminent Persians seeks to rectify that loss. Milani's groundbreaking portrait of modern Iran reveals the country's rich history through the lives of the men and women who forged it. Consisting of 150 profiles of the most important innovators in Iran between World War II and the Islamic Revolution, the book includes politicians, entrepreneurs, poets, artists, and thinkers who brought Iran into the modern era with brilliant success and sometimes terrible consequences. The biographies and essays weave a richly textured tapestry of lives, ideas, and events that reveals the true story of these decades in the life of a nation.

The two volumes are divided into sections on politics, economics, and culture, each accompanied by an introductory essay that places the individual stories in their broader historical context. Drawn from interviews, extensive archival material, and private correspondence, Eminent Persians is a treasure trove of original documents, many appearing in print for the first time. Detailed sketches of personalities and personal foibles offer a compelling and highly readable account of this remarkable period of history on a human scale.

About the Author

Abbas Milani is the Hamid and Christina Moghadam Director of Iranian Studies at Stanford University where he is also a research fellow at the Hoover Institution. He is the author of Persian Sphinx: Amir Abbas Hoveyda and the Riddle of Modernity in Iran, Lost Wisdom: Rethinking Modernity in Iran, and Tales of Two Cities: A Persian Memoir.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2492 KB
  • Print Length: 1251 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0815609078
  • Publisher: Syracuse University Press (30 Dec 2008)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003C2SPFA
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent account of recent Iranian history 6 Dec 2010
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This book is an excellent biography of Iranian who have had an impact on the recent history of Iran. This book fills a huge gap for facts in a country where truth has been a rare commodity for over 100 years and history has been written by the victor of the time from their perspective. No doubt future editions of this book will update some more of the facts in this book. A must read for especially for Iranians who have little idea of important and influential people in their country.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Eminent Persians 6 July 2014
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The most comprehensive biographies of people who had made a difference in recent ( 20th century ) history of Iran. A must read for all students of Iranian history.
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6 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book 7 May 2009
By Allen K - Published on
What was the "White Revolution"? Who established SAVAK? What happened to Mossadegh? I was born in Iran and always learned different aspects of what actually happened in our history depending on the regime. At school, we always learned that Shah was an angel who was send to save the country. After the revolution, all we learned was that he was a liar and a "foreign puppet". This book gave me a clear idea of who were the brilliant individuals who built the infrastructure in Iran and turned it into an (almost) independent country. I definitely encourage everyone to read these books.
7 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Rebuttal to last review 2 Jan 2009
By Sam H. Hedjasi - Published on
I know for a fact that the majority of people in this book have passed away. So how can the last reviewer claim the author was paid to write about these people?! Also his account of about 30-40 people in his book was an unfavorable account ... hardly the type of commentary one would pay to have published about themselves.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 11 Sep 2014
By Behzad Mohtashemi - Published on
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An excellent and detailed study of the personalities who made modern Iran.
10 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a step forward 16 Mar 2009
By Farrokh M. Ahmadi - Published on
This is another great book by Dr. Milani. In Iran there has always been a lack of objectivity in social, political matters. Leadres are judged more on hearsays and innuendos rather than their success or the results of their actions or inactions. It is therefore that Dr. Milani's work is extremely valuable not only for documenting the lives and accomplishments of so many distinguished and noble characters but also in opening the doors and leading the way of research and objectivity in such matters.
I'm sure others will follow. this is good news for Iran and Iranians.
6 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A well written summary on important figures from pre-revolutionary Iran 3 Mar 2009
By Farhad R. Alavi - Published on
I have read a fair amount from this book. The beauty of these two volumes is that they provide English-language narratives on certain individuals whom one would probably be hard pressed to find information on outside the realm of Persian-language publications. This is particularly great for US readerships, particularly individuals of Iranian heritage raised outside Iran who do not have the reading skills or patience to read such information in Persian.

I agree with the previous reviewer that the two volume set could have benefitted greatly from pictures and some more biographies - the general feel I get from others is that key individuals are missing. Given its reference format, it would have also been nice to have some concise "biodata" at the top of each profile as well, and maybe some timelines. I also agree with the previous reviewer in that it would be interesting if the author takes it upon himself to write a similar treatise on important post-revolutionary individuals inside and outside Iran.

This book is very interesting and a great gift for any lover of Iranian history. Whatever slant the author may have taken, the individuals the book covers were in their own right of some importance in shaping modern Iran (good or bad) and this book helps highlight famous and infamous individuals who are often not mentioned in the scores of other books written about this era.
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