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4.0 out of 5 stars Good, Solid Study of Revolutionary Iran.
This is a fine study of Iran's revolution by James Buchan and certainly covers all bases regarding the reasons for it. The only issue is that the consequences are a little brushed over (in my humble opinion) and end with Khomeini's death.

Mr. Buchan lays a solid foundation to the study by, firstly, investigating and accounting for Iran in the years before the...
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Found this book a little disappointing to be honest. I felt that it failed to take the reader to the streets of Tehran to get a real feeling of what the Iranian revolution was all about. Rather I found it a fairly dry albeit meticulously researched account of events.

Personally I found Kapuscinki's "Shah of Shahs" a far more enjoyable and original...
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3.0 out of 5 stars SOLID ACCOUNT, 14 Feb 2014
This review is from: Days of God: The Revolution in Iran and Its Consequences (Paperback)
Found this book a little disappointing to be honest. I felt that it failed to take the reader to the streets of Tehran to get a real feeling of what the Iranian revolution was all about. Rather I found it a fairly dry albeit meticulously researched account of events.

Personally I found Kapuscinki's "Shah of Shahs" a far more enjoyable and original account of events.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good, Solid Study of Revolutionary Iran., 9 Jan 2014
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This review is from: Days of God: The Revolution in Iran and Its Consequences (Paperback)
This is a fine study of Iran's revolution by James Buchan and certainly covers all bases regarding the reasons for it. The only issue is that the consequences are a little brushed over (in my humble opinion) and end with Khomeini's death.

Mr. Buchan lays a solid foundation to the study by, firstly, investigating and accounting for Iran in the years before the Shah's autocracy. The discovery of oil at the beginning of the twentieth century, British and Soviet intrigue during the Second World War and the 1953 coup are all covered clearly, paving the way for the Shah's years in charge. Buchan aptly accounts for the Shah's character and documents his time as leader of Iran, pointing out his achievements but also his delusions right up until he was forced into exile. The Shah's demise and reduction from mega-rich autocrat to a deluded and ill former royal shunned by all is very nicely done and Buchan holds no punches where this is concerned. It's a moving and informative portrayal of the Shah's physical and psychological decline.

The Revolution itself is also very well documented with all the players, movers and shakers being identified and described. It is here where we see Buchan's analysis and narrative really come to light as he highlights just how inadequate the military leaders were and how confused they became before deciding that a neutral stance in relation towards the revolution was the best cause of action... even this didn't save their lives.

Buchan goes on to describe the aftermath of revolution and the war with Iraq, covering right up until Khomeini's death in the summer of 1989, including the crucial US embassy takeover, which he quite rightly identifies as still being significant to the nation and its ideals today, and also just a poisonous !!

This is a thorough, detailed and comprehensive account of before, during and after the revolution. Buchan certainly captures the reasons for Iranian clerical anti-western prejudices as forming a key role in the revolution's causes. Excellent work.
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