PDF The Fall of Heaven: The Pahlavis and the Final Days of Imperial Iran; 2. DESCRIPTION An immersive, gripping account of the rise and fall. Despite the passage of nearly four de- cades since the Iranian Revolution, memories have not faded and tempers have not cooled. Writing about the fall of. Proof of Heaven: A Neurosurgeon's Journey into the Afterlife. Pages·· MB·23, Downloads. ronaldweinland.info Proof of.
|Language:||English, Spanish, Dutch|
|Genre:||Health & Fitness|
|ePub File Size:||19.80 MB|
|PDF File Size:||8.37 MB|
|Distribution:||Free* [*Register to download]|
The life story of the Shah of Iran was worthy of the Persian Book of Kings, the literary epic by Ferdowsi that traced the rise and fall of Iran's royal dynasties. Both the Iranian opposi- tion and foreign governments were surprised The Fall of Heaven: The Pahlavis and that the shah was unwilling to spill blood to the Final. An immersive, gripping account of the rise and fall of Iran's glamorous Pahlavi dynasty, written with the cooperation of the late Shah's widow.
Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Other editions. Enlarge cover. Error rating book.
The Fall of Heaven: New York: Henry Holt and Company, Despite the passage of nearly four decades since the Iranian Revolution, memories have not faded and tempers have not cooled. Writing about the fall of the last shah of Iran, Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, is not for the thin-skinned or faint-hearted. With both his earlier book, Oil Kings , and his new work, The Fall of Heaven , Andrew Scott Cooper has set out to deliberately provoke debate, controversy, and no doubt a little publicity.
Both the Iranian opposition and foreign governments were surprised that the shah was unwilling to spill blood to retain his throne. They interpreted his inaction as paralysis and weakness. An annual anal Embed Size px. Start on. Show related SlideShares at end. WordPress Shortcode.
Published in: Full Name Comment goes here. Are you sure you want to Yes No. Be the first to like this.
No Downloads. Views Total views. There is a considerable library of books about the Iranian revolution including my own!
This book is the answer. Andrew Cooper -- a journalist and historian -- managed to get exceptional access to Queen Farah and the members of the Pahlavi court.
He tells for the first time the story of the revolution as seen from within the palace. What was royal family talking about over the dinner table while all of this was going There is a considerable library of books about the Iranian revolution including my own!
What was royal family talking about over the dinner table while all of this was going on? He embeds this new information in a highly detailed timeline that itself sheds new light on the course of events, and he sprinkles in for good measure some data and research material compiled by the Islamic Republic itself, which surprisingly tends to confirm the royalists' narrative.
He also dug deeply into what the United States was doing all this time. His account of the disconnect between Washington and Bill Sullivan's embassy in Tehran is the most detailed to date. And it is frightening. Cooper presents all of this in a fast-moving account that I found captivating. Since the story is told primarily from the perspective of the Pahlavis, some will ritually denounce it as a whitewash.
Nothing could be further from the truth. Nothing I have ever read has ever made it so painfully clear that the success of the religious clergy in toppling the monarchy can be attributed above all to one man -- the shah himself, who refused endless pleas to permit his followers and the military to intervene forcefully to put down the rebellion.
His reasons for this were bound up in his own mystical belief in the Iranian monarchy. His passivity and unwillingness to sanction bloodshed belies his reputation as a bloodthirsty tyrant. It also conceals the fact that he was not only better informed about internal developments than I ever realized, but he was willing to consider some radical alternatives, e.
This is one of the great untold stories of the revolution, and although it was foiled by Sadr's murder in Qaddhafi's Libya possibly at the encouragement of Khomeini's forces it was the kind of "Game of Thrones" high drama seldom experienced outside of fiction.
If you know nothing about the Iranian revolution, this would be a fascinating introduction. If you think you know it all, this will make you think again.
If you are simply interested in the whole truth, this is essential reading. Oct 23, John Daly rated it it was amazing. Book 22 of 40 I barley remember the Iranian hostage crisis its one of these things that is at the beginning of my memory. Since I was in kindergarten and first grade during the events of the Iranian Revolution it was not a regular feature in my Weekly Reader.
The past few years I've been focusing a lot of my reading on why the middle east is where it is today. As we get closer to the th anniversary of the Treaty of Paris and the reshaping of the Middle East by the European powers I th Book 22 of 40 I barley remember the Iranian hostage crisis its one of these things that is at the beginning of my memory.
As we get closer to the th anniversary of the Treaty of Paris and the reshaping of the Middle East by the European powers I think its critical to look at how we got to the current issues in the Middle East. I really enjoyed the movie Argo but also understanding that movies are based on true events I wanted to learn more about the fall of the Pahlavis and the rise of the Ayatollah Khomeini.
At times it becomes complicated following all the different people involved in the narrative but Cooper gives us an excellent list of important players in the beginning of the book.
As events lead to the early Seventies we begin to see the beginning of the end of the Imperial family. One of the key events leading to the end of the dynasty would be the Shah's cancer diagnosis which he would initially keep secret from even his third wife and the final Queen of Iran.
His secrecy would lead to him speeding up the timetable he had for open and free elections but not understanding the threat that the far right Khomeini had in convincing the people that modernization has lead to a non-devote Iran. Cooper does an excellent job in showing how Khomeini manipulated the more moderate Ayatollah's into believing that the two factions would work together to create a constitutional republic not an Islamic Republic.
Khomeini would then double cross them in a fashion that the Bolsheviks would envy. Cooper also shows that the Carter Administration and the Central Intelligence Agency were in the dark about the Shah's terminal condition and were totally unaware of the danger that Khomeini represented. An interesting point to note is that on three occasions Saddam Hussein asked the Shah if he should assassinate Khomeini while he was living in exile in Iraq.
Who should have know that Hussein would have the correct and accurate political instincts when he told the Queen "Tell the Shah that it is better that a thousand Iranians die now than a million people die later.
In the end this hesitance played right into Khomeini's hands. Oct 10, Susan rated it it was ok. I listened to this on audiobook and right away had trouble getting over his horrible attempts at accents.
Overall this covered a ton of history, but maybe because it was on audiobook I had a hard time keeping everyone straight, which made it hard to follow events.
I also got the impression that I was hearing a "Disney" version of the events. Based on this book, the Iranian people sound insane for turning on the shah. I'm sure religious extremism played a large part, but I don't think I have a I listened to this on audiobook and right away had trouble getting over his horrible attempts at accents.
I'm sure religious extremism played a large part, but I don't think I have a good understanding of the socio-political forces at work. Again, maybe this is in part due to listening to the audiobook rather than reading. I admit much of my listening was done in a distracted state. Jul 25, Bou rated it really liked it Shelves: By this, we get to know the Shah as a soft man, soft spoken and urge for modernisation.
In the end this became his undoing. His refusal to use violence against the diabolic Khomeini and to give the army the approval to restore order by force, ended with his departure from Iran.
Already sick, he died a few year later, never being able to return to Iran. Andrew Scott Cooper also gives good insight in the role that the US official played from the Carter administration and in particular the role of the US ambassador, who never fully understood the danger that a theocratic Iran would pose for American interests. However, the view that the CIA actually helped in topping the Shah is never established. All in all, this is an immersive and gripping personal account which recreates in detail the fall of the Pahlavi dynasty through the eyes of those who were there.
View 2 comments.
Mar 18, Bardia Alavi rated it it was amazing. I really liked this book.
I think it gives a very detailed report of things that resulted in change of regime. However, I think it missed a few things, such as more details on Fardoost, or more misconducts of Savak that made people dissatisfied.
Also I would add an overview in the beginning of each chapter and a summary at the end of each chapter. This will give some organization to the mind of a general reader and prevents them of being lost in the details. Sep 19, Jonathan rated it it was ok Shelves: What changed in Andrew Scott Cooper's view of the final years of the Iranian monarchy between and is difficult to say, but the image of the Shah he puts forward in "The Fall of Heaven" is a far cry from that of his previous work.
The Mohammad Reza Pahlavi of "Oil Kings" was a spendthrift, obsessed with military might and the download of American weaponry. To that end, he pursued a relentless campaign for increased oil prices during the s, often at the expense of domestic social pro What changed in Andrew Scott Cooper's view of the final years of the Iranian monarchy between and is difficult to say, but the image of the Shah he puts forward in "The Fall of Heaven" is a far cry from that of his previous work.
To that end, he pursued a relentless campaign for increased oil prices during the s, often at the expense of domestic social programs. In that version of events, the Shah's economic mismanagement and general ineptitude set the stage for a dramatic collapse. By contrast, in "The Fall of Heaven" Cooper engages in some revisionist history of the man he once lambasted for building up the world's largest hovercraft fleet.
He laments the loss of the final Persian monarch, whom he depicts as a tragic hero hopelessly trying to drag a pious, backward, and, ultimately, ungrateful people into modernity.
Cooper decides that the Shah's decision to flee the country in the face of the Islamic Revolution was not done out of desperation, but rather represented a final, "courageous" act. The difficulty of this was compounded, he says, since the Shah had "not known a life other than public service," as if Mohammad Reza was some mid-level civil servant drawing a modest salary rather than an absolute dictator who knew nothing other than an excessively lavish lifestyle funded exclusively from state coffers.
The responsibility for what followed, namely, the establishment of the Islamic Republic, is pinned on the most predictable of villains: It's a familiar gambit, and Cooper indulges in some of the worst Orientalist tropes of Iranian and Shiite history along the way, including accusing the clergy of exercising "taqqiya", or permissible lying, to deceive their enemies and take power.
Cooper's most egregious claim, however, and one he entirely fails to substantiate, comes right at the opening of the book, when he sloppily tries to connect Iranian political turmoil of the late s to the modern scourge of ISIS and other forms of Sunni terrorism, writing that the Shah's ouster was among the critical events that eventually "opened the floodgate to today's carnage.
May 02, June added it Shelves: The author is a specialist in U. I received an advance copy from the Goodreads Giveaways program. The book is organized into two parts. By taking control of oil production from American and British corporations, the Shah was able to accomplish much of his vision and create an economy that was extremely prosperous, though hardly smooth.
The second part of the book deals with the chain of events beginning almost forty years ago, which led to the rise of Khomeini and the Islamic government, the downfall of the Shah and his voluntary exile.
The writing is compelling; I felt almost as if I were witnessing the events. The perspective of the book is complex: Each chapter begins with a couple of beautifully selected quotations — from the Shah, the Queen, Ayatollah Khomeini, or the ancient Persian Book of Kings.
I highly recommend this book and recognize it is dealing with a subject about which I know too little. Aug 24, Amir Noferesti rated it it was amazing Shelves: The Pahlavis and the Final Days of Imperial Iran by Andrew Scott Cooper is an extraordinary accomplishment admittedly,not the conclusive portrait of the Pahlavis, it is Very interesting and very enlightening especially for people who like me who born after revolution in Iran and who associate too little of Iran and of the Pahlavis era.
Before i read this masterpiece I knew little I didn't admire him. But this biography is compassionate to him and his Queen ,so in my opinion. S The Fall of Heaven: Shah was too faint and was argue to sacrifice his own people notwithstanding the violent protestations that happen daily then.
I guess their anger at the misrepresentation and great wealth of the family. People was driven by Khomeini who was intent to create the theocracy. I think most were outwit. They didn't know anything about what they do.
Queen Farah Diba was a great supporter and magnificent asset to him. This book is unbelievable and for anyone looking for information on Iran and its leader I advise you to read this masterpiece. It is deserving a deep read. You will figure out more information about connections between white revolution and Ayatollah Khomeini ,last shah of Iran and imam Musasadr and arguments of super powers then. Sep 14, Assem Salih rated it it was amazing.