Shah of Shahs (Penguin Modern Classics) Paperback – 1 Jun 2006
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"A book of great economy and power...with vivid imagery, a breathless way of writing that carries the reader along, and a supreme sense of the absurd." --"New Republic" "Like Sir Richard Butron, Evelyn Waugh and Mungo Park, [Kapuscinski] makes literature out of journalism." --"Newsweek" "Insightful and important.... A readable, timely and valuable contribution to the understanding of the revolutionary forces at work in Iran.... The reader almost becomes a participant." --"The New York Times Book Review" "A supercharged particle of a book." --"Los Angeles Times"
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In this book, the author brings a mythographer's perspective and novelist's virtuosity to bear on the overthrow of the last Shah of Iran, one of the most infamous of the United States' client-dictators, who resolved to transform his country into 'a second America in a generation', only to be toppled virtually overnight. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product description
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As a reader without much prior knowledge of Iranian history who came to this having enjoyed 'Imperium' by Kapuscinski, I found it to be an accessible read, and all the more impressively so given that it is a fairly short book, in which the author must summarise a great deal of Iranian and colonial history while also writing as a genuine observer of the events of 1979.
Iran continues to be a highly mysterious country in western eyes, and this book does give you a good idea of the background to the current regime.
It is one of the most original book I have read that portrays the mood of the people, their reaction to the ruling dictator during the time of the revolution. It is almost like a documentary where the microphone is given to the citizens and asked how they feel before, during and after the revolution.
Ryszard talks about the time of Iranian Revolution in 70's by describing (but not showing) 12 photographs he chose and organising his interview notes with the Iranian people. You get a perfect sense of people's mood on the street and how the events led them to the revolution.
I suggest this book to the people who know a little bit about Iran's 20th century history. For first timers, it may be a little bit vague because throughout the book, Ryszard drops political party, politician and city names very liberally without giving any background about them.
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Really enjoyed the way this book is written and the depth of the commentaries
Shame we can't see the photos he is...Read more
Book is really tiny. I have a polish version and is in larger format so it was a surprise. But I recommend
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