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Product Details

  • Paperback: 328 pages
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press (March 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0691140405
  • ISBN-13: 978-0691140407
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.3 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,297,160 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A sober, scholarly study of the place of Iran in world politics, of the 53-year reign of the Pahlavi family and of the effects of Mohammed Reza Pahlavi's dependence on the United States."--
New York Times

"[A] scholar's measured assessment, based on knowledge of the country and of Persian sources, and skillful in its interweaving of domestic and international factors."--
Foreign Affairs

"[T]he best single volume on contemporary Iran."--Shahram Chubin, International Affairs

"Saikal's book achieves a high level of specificity and detail while remaining easily readable and therefore it is a handy academic resource as well as an accessible text for a general audience."--Pascal Abidor, Political Studies Review

"Saikal updates this edition with an excellent introduction devoted to the dynamics of contemporary politics in the Islamic Republic and Iran's nuclear ambitions. . . . [T]his study, still timely after three decades, naturally invites comparisons between the autocratic shah and his equally repressive successors."--Jonathan G. Katz, The Historian

About the Author

Amin Saikal is professor of political science and director of the Centre for Arab and Islamic Studies (Middle East and Central Asia) at the Australian National University. His recent books include "Islam and the West: Conflict or Cooperation?" and "Modern Afghanistan: A History of Struggle and Survival".

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dalton C. Rocha on August 10, 2011
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I read this good book, here in Brazil. This book is a short, concise and easy to read book, about the last Shah of Iran.
Ten excellents parts of this book:
1- Page 53 has informations about Iran's growing during years of Shah's government.
2- Page 57 has informations about growing of American influence in Iran.
3- Pages 76 and 77 have informations about Land Reform.
4- Page 88 has informations about the support of the Shah to women's rights.
5- Pages 93 to 96 have informations about the link between USSR and Iran.
6- Pages 109 to 113 have informations about the first oil shock and flow of tens of billions of US dollars to Iran.
7- Page 158 has informations about Iran's defense budget. Between 27 and 29% of Iranian budget went to armed forces.
8- Page 184 has informations about importations of food for the Iran. This page is the onlyest in this book, with the word "Brazil". In this case as one source of food for Iran.
9- Pages 197 to 199 have informations about Shah's external failures.
10- Page 203 has sentences writen about the main Shah's mistakes. This is the best page of this book.
Even so, I can't give five stars for this book, because:
1- This book follows the opposite way compared to the book " Jimmy Carter: The Liberal Left and World Chaos: A Carter/Obama Plan That Will Not Work " by Mike Evans. In this book, the Shah seems to be (almost) ever wrong. In the Mike Evans' book, the Shah seems to be (almost) ever right. Two opposites ways, with the same mistake. The Shah wasn't so good as in the Mike Evans' book or so bad as in this book. This book hasn't almost nothing about the external pressure to down the Shah. The histerical campaingn against the Shah did by BBC, The New York Times, Le Monde, etc.
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