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Book: The Last Shah of Iran - By Houchang Nahavandi

Title: The Last Shah of Iran
Sub-title: Fatal Countdown of
A Great Patriot betrayed by the Free World
A Great Country whose fault was Success

Format: Paperback - 540 pages (with a B&W and colours photo section, and a full index) - 150 mm x 214 mm
ISBN: 1-904997-03-1
Price: US $28.95 / GB 14.95
Publisher: Aquilion Ltd

A philosopher of the ancient world once wrote that "political revolution is the best part of bad literature," but Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, the last Shah of Iran, bore an entire nation towards hopes and works, which would have inspired Persia's finest poets, and honoured Darius and Cyrus-the-Great, forever.

During the last 25 years of his reign, average, annual, per capita income rose from $160 to $2,450; and, in 1977, the IMF predicted that the GDP of oil-rich Iran would equal Spain's, by the end of the century. The Shah played a leading role, firstly, in creating Iran's economic miracle, and, secondly, in Middle-Eastern politics, where he was instrumental in obtaining the Egypto-Israeli accord reached at Camp David. Anything seemed possible. All the necessary resources and expertise were to hand, guaranteed by a stable regime; and the women of Iran were emancipated, elegant and beautiful.  Apart from the citizens of Communist regimes, anyone could go, without a visa, to that oriental Switzerland.

During those fateful years, Houchang Nahavandi was able to observe the drama, as it unfolded, of Iranian history, from the wings, as it were - or from the prompt-box, for he was frequently the Shah's (alas, unheeded!) counsellor, before the fall. In the last months of the reign, and then in exile, Nahavandi became one of the Shah's confidants and was able to look back, through Imperial eyes, on Iran's ascent and perilous apogee. He saw too how, after 1977, Iran's lot was cast with the loaded dice of international intrigues, when the West (and especially the USA) arranged a frightful blood-bath.

Long the friends of Iran, but disquieted by her rise to power and the Shah's independent stance, the western allies discovered, mouldering in exile, a potential puppet-revolutionary, whom France then undertook to groom as the heroic liberator, and whose sermons and official biography were written by intelligence-agents at Neauphle-le-Château and sent to Iran by diplomatic bag.

Alert, discreet and candid, Nahavandi shows us tragic events unfolding, massacres, media-infiltration and - manipulation (by the Soviets!) and agitators gulling crowds with empty coffins, all of which provokes a desire to save Iran - especially so, when we learn that the Shah ordered his army not to resist nor "shed the least drop of blood", while fanatical, revolutionary, western assets, whom the West affects to combat, did the West's dirty work.

In The Last Shah of Iran, Houchang Nahavandi throws back the scenery of this drama to reveal the human and political reality, in which he was intimately involved, and which is the key to understanding the world today. Recalling also his long conversations with the exiled and dying King, he describes the in-fighting at Court, the despairing attempts of those, who could see "the writing on the wall", and the treacherous double-game played by the western powers.

The exiled Monarch, eaten away by illness, shines a rare spotlight on the treachery of the West. Valéry said that "civilisations are mortal", and one might foresee that, when "nought else remains" round the colossal wreck of the present hegemony, but a caricature of a civilisation, sketched by its cultural dross, and the invading hordes of five continents, the Shah will still afford a noble vision of how things might be. Straight facts and a wealth of irrefutable, previously unpublished, testimony provide the first completely clear and detailed picture of what happened then and, thus, of what is happening now.


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