Shah of Shahs

Shah of Shahs

Paperback Vintage International

By (author) Ryszard Kapuscinski

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  • Publisher: Vintage Books
  • Format: Paperback | 152 pages
  • Dimensions: 130mm x 198mm x 15mm | 159g
  • Publication date: 1 August 1997
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 0679738010
  • ISBN 13: 9780679738015
  • Edition statement: Reprint
  • Sales rank: 162,356

Product description

In Shah of Shahs Kapuscinski brings a mythographer's perspective and a novelist's virtuosity to bear on the overthrow of the last Shah of Iran, one of the most infamous of the United States' client-dictators, who resolved to transform his country into "a second America in a generation," only to be toppled virtually overnight. From his vantage point at the break-up of the old regime, Kapuscinski gives us a compelling history of conspiracy, repression, fanatacism, and revolution.Translated from the Polish by William R. Brand and Katarzyna Mroczkowska-Brand.

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"A book of great economy and power...with vivid imagery, a breathless way of writing that carries the reader along, and a supreme sense of the absurd." --"New Republic""Like Sir Richard Butron, Evelyn Waugh and Mungo Park, [Kapuscinski] makes literature out of journalism." --"Newsweek""Insightful and important.... A readable, timely and valuable contribution to the understanding of the revolutionary forces at work in Iran.... The reader almost becomes a participant." --"The New York Times Book Review""A supercharged particle of a book." --"Los Angeles Times"

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In this book, the author brings a mythographer's perspective and novelist's virtuosity to bear on the overthrow of the last Shah of Iran, one of the most infamous of the United States' client-dictators, who resolved to transform his country into 'a second America in a generation', only to be toppled virtually overnight.