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Shah of Shahs by Ryszard Kapuściński

Shah of Shahs (1982)

by Ryszard Kapuściński

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The source material was familiar. Robert Fisk afforded a harrowing account of the SAVAK and their grip on the people of Iran. Kapuściński couches the revolutionary groundwell in almost poetic terms. The Shah's callous myopia is presented with aplomb. This torrent of elements is conveyed within the jagged continuity of its time. And with success, I hasten to add. ( )
  jonfaith | Feb 22, 2019 |
Kapuscinski gives a lot of atmosphere of Iran leading up to the revolution. I didn't learn much, in the way of facts, but got a feeling of the country through Kapuscinski's quick sketches and anecdotes. Kapuscinski unfortunately likes to digress into light philosophy, for example giving his feelings of why revolutions happen. This is less than convincing, especially when he rather transparently puts it into the words of an Iranian character he is allegedly interviewing. Not a huge fan. ( )
  breic | Nov 24, 2018 |
With “Shah of Shahs” (1985), Polish journalist Ryszard Kapuscinski paint a poignant portrait of Iranian society in the final years of the Shah, Mohammed Reza, and its dictatorial rule. How army, police and especially the secret service Savak act with impunity, how ordinary Iranians increasingly fear potential informers in their own surroundings, or just random arrest. How oil billions are squandered, on ill-thought through attempts to create the Great Civilization whilst it is mostly foreign companies and the corrupt Iranian elite that benefit. How society is ultimately ready to accept, no, to desperately welcome any kind of revolution, including the one of Ayatollah Khomeini in 1979. ( )
1 vote theonearmedcrab | Jun 10, 2017 |
The fall of the Shah of Iran. A short book, but punchy and very, very clever. ( )
  soylentgreen23 | Jul 3, 2016 |
Excellent book! Thought-provoking and memory-inducing!!! ( )
  untraveller | May 2, 2013 |
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Ryszard Kapuścińskiprimary authorall editionscalculated
Brand, William R.Translatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Mroczkowska-Brand, KatarzynaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Orzeszek, AgataTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed

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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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The noted Polish foreign correspondent combines factual reportage and first-hand impressions to build a reflective account of the Shah of Iran, his final weeks in power, and the revolution that sent him into exile.

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