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Introduction The Flying Dutchman: Shah in Egypt and Morocco Early Childhood Days as Crown Prince Joyful Juvenilia: Crown Prince in Switzerland The Shadow of Patriarch: 1937 - 1941 Early Years on the Throne Azerbaijan and the Early Genesis of the Cold War The Shah and Mossadeq The CIA Coup Consolidation of Power: 1953 - 1960 The Kennedy Years: 1961 - 1963 The White Revolution: 1963 The Golden Years: 1964 - 1971 The Shah and the Politics of Oil The Perfect Spy: The Shah and the KGB The Carter Years The Revolution The Flying Dutchman

About the Author

Abbas Milani is an Iranian-American scholar, and author. He is the director of the Iranian Studies Program at Stanford University. He is also a research fellow and codirector of the Iran Democracy Project at the Hoover Institution. Milani has appeared on Anderson Cooper 360, Charlie Rose, PBS Newshour, and Hannity & Colmes.

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"The definitive biography... the scholarship is impressive" --The Washington Times"A finely wrought, enlightening biography." --The Wall Street Journal"Splendidly detailed... [Milani] succeeds in turning out a thoughtful biography without rancor." --The Chicago Tribune"Milani brings to us a whole new set of facts, culled from thousands of recently declassified British, American and Iranian documents and hundreds of interviews, making this book fresh and relevant to the current democracy movement in Iran and to U.S.-Iranian relations." --San Franscisco Chronicle"An incisive portrait of a deeply riven man and his country... A stimulating biography and a thorough examination of the makeup of an entire nation." --Kirkus Reviews"A deeply researched portrait... The shah's private life, which included three wives, alleged mistresses, and extravagances in palaces and other riches, is effectively depicted. With sympathy born of a compassion for someone in over his head, Milani's meticulous amassing of facts establishes a base for readers to form their own opinions." --Booklist"Milani interviewed many who were close to Pahlavi, and makes excellent use of archives and memoirs. The result is a comprehensive portrait of a man who modernized Iran--and in doing so ensured his own downfall." --Macleans"Abbas Milani brings to life the tragic figure of the late Shah of Iran... A refreshingly balanced biography!" --Fawaz Gerges, author of Journey of the Jihadist and Obama and the Middle East"For God's sake let us sit upon the ground/And tell sad stories of the death of kings." Shakespeare's words from Richard II are an apt invitation to this gripping biography of Mohammed Reza Shah. The Shah of Iran, Abbas Milani shows, was a tragic figure whose inner ghosts and deep personal flaws helped to destroy the hopes that were vested in him. His downfall ushered in a nightmare from which Iran and the rest of world has yet to awaken. Milani's detailed and richly nuanced narrative enables us to understand why the "modernizing monarch" so disastrously failed." --Stephen Greenblatt, author of Will in the World: How Shakespeare Became Shakespeare"A skilled book, a psychological biography with a profound historical background." --Shahrnush Parsipur, author of Women Without Men"Using previously untapped archival material... narrates a tragedy of Shakespearean proportions." --Touraj Daryaee, Howard C. Baskerville Professor in the History of Iran and the Persianate World, University of California, Irvine"For God's sake let us sit upon the ground/And tell sad stories of the death of kings." Shakespeare's words from Richard II are an apt invitation to this gripping biography of Mohammed Reza Shah. The Shah of Iran, Abbas Milani shows, was a tragic figure whose inner ghosts and deep personal flaws helped to destroy the hopes that were vested in him. His downfall ushered in a nightmare from which Iran and the rest of world has yet to awaken. Milani's detailed and richly nuanced narrative enables us to understand why the "modernizing monarch" so disastrously failed." --Stephen Greenblatt, author of Will in the World: How Shakespeare Became Shakespeare

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