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Eminent Persians: The Men and Women Who Made Modern Iran, 1941-1979 (2 Volume Set) Hardcover – Box set, November 1, 2008


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 2 pages
  • Publisher: Syracuse University Press (November 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0815609078
  • ISBN-13: 978-0815609070
  • Product Dimensions: 10.7 x 7.6 x 3.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,009,884 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Abbas Milani is the Hamid and Christina Moghadam Director of Iranian Studies at Stanford University where he is also a research fellow at the Hoover Institution. He is the author of Persian Sphinx: Amir Abbas Hoveyda and the Riddle of Modernity in Iran, Lost Wisdom: Rethinking Modernity in Iran, and Tales of Two Cities: A Persian Memoir.

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This book suffers from poor scholarship.
Restless Nomad
While a selection bias might not be necessarily held against any book, this lack of clarity raises questions.
GM
An excellent and detailed study of the personalities who made modern Iran.
Behzad Mohtashemi

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6 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Allen K on May 7, 2009
Format: Hardcover
What was the "White Revolution"? Who established SAVAK? What happened to Mossadegh? I was born in Iran and always learned different aspects of what actually happened in our history depending on the regime. At school, we always learned that Shah was an angel who was send to save the country. After the revolution, all we learned was that he was a liar and a "foreign puppet". This book gave me a clear idea of who were the brilliant individuals who built the infrastructure in Iran and turned it into an (almost) independent country. I definitely encourage everyone to read these books.
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7 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Sam H. Hedjasi on January 1, 2009
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I know for a fact that the majority of people in this book have passed away. So how can the last reviewer claim the author was paid to write about these people?! Also his account of about 30-40 people in his book was an unfavorable account ... hardly the type of commentary one would pay to have published about themselves.
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By Behzad Mohtashemi on September 11, 2014
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An excellent and detailed study of the personalities who made modern Iran.
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By Ali H. Anvar on March 5, 2015
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A very well done book!
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ali on December 27, 2013
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This book is a conglomerate of facts, personal opinions and interpretations and unfortunately it is not clear which statements are facts or opinions. The book lacks enough research and study of the subject and by no means I expect any one to write a book on such a vast subject and meanwhile keep the academic integrity. The idea to write such a book looks absurd and skimming over the handpicked "eminent" 's shows a lack of understanding of the subject matter. In any case, I do not think the book gives a good account of the people who built the modern Iran and there are by far more superior books written on each of the sub-categories. I would not recommend spending your money/time on it.
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10 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Farrokh M. Ahmadi on March 16, 2009
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This is another great book by Dr. Milani. In Iran there has always been a lack of objectivity in social, political matters. Leadres are judged more on hearsays and innuendos rather than their success or the results of their actions or inactions. It is therefore that Dr. Milani's work is extremely valuable not only for documenting the lives and accomplishments of so many distinguished and noble characters but also in opening the doors and leading the way of research and objectivity in such matters.
I'm sure others will follow. this is good news for Iran and Iranians.
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6 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Farhad R. Alavi on March 3, 2009
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I have read a fair amount from this book. The beauty of these two volumes is that they provide English-language narratives on certain individuals whom one would probably be hard pressed to find information on outside the realm of Persian-language publications. This is particularly great for US readerships, particularly individuals of Iranian heritage raised outside Iran who do not have the reading skills or patience to read such information in Persian.

I agree with the previous reviewer that the two volume set could have benefitted greatly from pictures and some more biographies - the general feel I get from others is that key individuals are missing. Given its reference format, it would have also been nice to have some concise "biodata" at the top of each profile as well, and maybe some timelines. I also agree with the previous reviewer in that it would be interesting if the author takes it upon himself to write a similar treatise on important post-revolutionary individuals inside and outside Iran.

This book is very interesting and a great gift for any lover of Iranian history. Whatever slant the author may have taken, the individuals the book covers were in their own right of some importance in shaping modern Iran (good or bad) and this book helps highlight famous and infamous individuals who are often not mentioned in the scores of other books written about this era.
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5 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Sohrab C. Ramtin on November 24, 2009
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I highly recommend these books. As always, Dr. Millani has done a great job. I only wished Mohammed Reza Shah Pahlavi, was included in the list. No matter what is your political conviction, it is a historical fact that he did a lot for the modernization of Iran.
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