Shah of Shahs - Penguin Modern Classics (Paperback)
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Shah of Shahs - Penguin Modern Classics (Paperback)

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Published: 01/06/2006
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A masterly piece of reportage from the firestorm of the Iranian revolution, Shah of Shahs details the twilight years of Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, the final Shah of Iran. A blistering account of paranoia, delusion and encroaching insurrection, Kapuscinski’s fast-paced narrative tells the dramatic story of a seismic fall from grace.   

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: Penguin Books Ltd
ISBN: 9780141188041
Number of pages: 176
Weight: 134 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 9 mm

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“Shah of Shahs”

The Polish journalist Ryszard Kapuscinski gives his account of 1979 revolution in Iran, when Mohammad Reza Pahlavi the Shah of Iran was forced to flee the country and Khomeini came into power as the supreme leader.... More

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