The Fall of Heaven: The Pahlavis and the Final Days of Imperial Iran

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The Fall of Heaven: The Pahlavis and the Final Days of Imperial Iran

The Fall of Heaven The Pahlavis and the Final Days of Imperial Iran 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 Empress Farah Iranian revolutionaries and US officials

  • Title: The Fall of Heaven: The Pahlavis and the Final Days of Imperial Iran
  • Author: Andrew Scott Cooper
  • ISBN: 9780805098976
  • Page: 256
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 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, Empress Farah, Iranian revolutionaries and US officials from the Carter administrationIn this remarkably human portrait of one of the twentieth century s most complicated personalities, Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, Andrew Scott Cooper trAn immersive, gripping account of the rise and fall of Iran s glamorous Pahlavi dynasty, written with the cooperation of the late Shah s widow, Empress Farah, Iranian revolutionaries and US officials from the Carter administrationIn this remarkably human portrait of one of the twentieth century s most complicated personalities, Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, Andrew Scott Cooper traces the Shah s life from childhood through his ascension to the throne in 1941 He draws the turbulence of the post war era during which the Shah survived assassination attempts and coup plots to build a modern, pro Western state and launch Iran onto the world stage as one of the world s top five powers Readers get the story of the Shah s political career alongside the story of his courtship and marriage to Farah Diba, who became a power in her own right, the beloved family they created, and an exclusive look at life inside the palace during the Iranian Revolution Cooper s investigative account ultimately delivers the fall of the Pahlavi dynasty through the eyes of those who were there leading Iranian revolutionaries President Jimmy Carter and White House officials US Ambassador William Sullivan and his staff in the American embassy in Tehran American families caught up in the drama even Empress Farah herself, and the rest of the Iranian Imperial family Intimate and sweeping at once, The Fall of Heaven recreates in stunning detail the dramatic and final days of one of the world s most legendary ruling families, the unseating of which helped set the stage for the current state of the Middle East.

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    1. Hadrian on said:

      Rehabilitative history of Iran from the Pahlavi dynasty's perspective, with a focus on the decline and fall from 1977 to 1979.Cooper writes the Shah as overseeing an economic miracle, forming a modern developmental state funded by oil profits, but undercut by social instability and a discontent with modernity. The Shah had many enemies - Marxists on the left, religious extremists on the right, disgruntled oil companies who wanted to thwart the competition - all wanted to cast him as a doddering [...]

    2. Libby on said:

      At first glance (and final review), I loved the layout and research elements of this “The Fall of Heaven: The Pahlavis and the Final Days of Imperial Iran,” by Andrew Scott Cooper. Prior to the “Introduction,” the reader encountered a list of key people and their roles, a “Revolution Timeline” and a 1979 map of Teheran, Iran (a critically important inclusion for any book focusing on Iran’s Islamic Revolution. Each chapter included two short, pertinent, and impactful quotes from dif [...]

    3. Dimitri on said:

      in hardcover format, this is perfect to clobber Ben Affleck over that *** introduction to the events of Argo, which recycles the worst Khomeini propaganda about the Pahlavi's lavish lifestyle and a hugely inflated number of political prisoners.This is a basically sympathetic portrayal of Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, with a heavy scent of nostalgia lingering among the trees that protect the Teheran highways from the desert winds. An authoritarian facade masked the warmth of his family life and Spartan [...]

    4. Andrew on said:

      The Fall of Heaven: The Pahlavis and the Final Days of Imperial Iran, by Andrew Scott Cooper, is a book chronicling the rule of the last Shah of Iran, Mohammed Reza Shah Pahlavi. The last Shah ruled for over 30 years, the longest rule in Iranian history, but also saw the state collapse into revolution as right wing Islamist militants overthrew his government and formed an Islamic Republic in 1978. Cooper looks at this shift from the point of view of the palace, and both examines the issues that [...]

    5. Saam on said:

      پایان تلخی داشت کتابکتاب بیشتر حول محور شاه می چرخه و تمامی حوادثی که در سلطنتش اتفاق افتاد تا زمانی که از ایران خارج شد و در سایه ی شاه بررسی می کنه.در این بین مجموعه حوادثی که منجر به انقلاب شدند رو نیز به خوبی بررسی کرده. اما کتاب یه جورایی با رسیدن به 12 بهمن به اتنها میرسه و و [...]

    6. Gary on said:

      There is a considerable library of books about the Iranian revolution (including my own!), so one might wonder what could possibly have been left unsaid at this point. 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 [...]

    7. John Daly on said:

      Book 22 of 40I barley remember the 1979 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 100th anniversary of the 1919 Treaty of Paris and the reshaping of the Middle East by the European powers I th [...]

    8. Bou on said:

      An immersive and gripping personal account, recreating in detail the fall of the Pahlavi dynasty through the eyes of those who were thereAndrew Scott Cooper traces the Shah’s life from childhood trough his ascension to the throne in 1941. Written with the cooperation of the late Shah’s widow, it gives a good and personal account of the Shah himself, and his effort to build a pro-Western state and launch Iran onto the world stage.By this, we get to know the Shah as a soft man, soft spoken and [...]

    9. Jonathan on said:

      What changed in Andrew Scott Cooper's view of the final years of the Iranian monarchy between 2011 and 2016 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 purchase of American weaponry. To that end, he pursued a relentless campaign for increased oil prices during the 1970s, often at the expense of domestic social pro [...]

    10. June on said:

      The Fall of Heaven is a history of Iran during the reign of the last Shah, Mohammad Reza Pahlavi. The author is a specialist in U.S.-Iran relations, but in this book the American interests are a sideshow and the story of Iran is the main story. I received an advance copy from the Giveaways program.The book is organized into two parts. The first part deals with most of the Shah’s reign, beginning in 1941 when Iran was occupied by Allied armies during World War II, and his vision including self [...]

    11. Amir Noferesti on said:

      The Fall of Heaven: 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 [...]

    12. Assem Salih on said:

      كتاب جميل و اسلوب ممتع للمؤلف في سرد التاريخ كرواية يتناول حياة شاه ايران محمد رضا بهلوي. و لو جاز لي التعبير فهذا الكتاب يتناول تاريخ ايران الحديث من منظور الشاه الراحل و اسرته بطريقة تشبه الى حدما اسلوب باتريك سيل في كتابه الشهير الاسد و الصراع على الشرق الاوسطينحاز المؤلف [...]

    13. Assem Salih on said:

      كتاب صغير و لكنه مهم جدا. المؤلف هو باحث نيوزلندي بحث في أوراق الجنرال سكوكروفت و كان يشغل منصب مساعد نائب الرئيس لشؤون الامن القومي في عهد الرئيس فورد. الكتاب يركز على اجتماع اوبك في الدوحة عام 1976 و كيف أدى رفض المملكة العربية السعودية لرفع قيمة النفط إلى سقوط حكم الشاه في اي [...]

    14. Ibrahim Altamimi on said:

      مازال حمد العيسى يرص أحجار تجربته في الترجمة بكل عناية، أخذ على عاتقه جودة الاختيار للمادة وقدمها بإبداع متفرد ترجمة وتعليق وإضافة لمستندات ذات صلة تعرفت عليه في كتابه النصوص المحرمة فأصبحت متتبعا لكل إصداراته ثقة فيما يكتب وكيف يكتب ويترجم، ان هذا الكتاب الصغير قد جمع بين [...]

    15. Susan on said:

      I listened to this on audiobook and right away had trouble getting over his horrible attempts at accents. Why!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 [...]

    16. Omid Shabani on said:

      کتاب خیلی جالبیه با اینکه هنوز تمومش نکردم. تو این کتاب نویسنده با مدرک ثابت میکنه که آمریکا و اروپا نقش مستقیمی در سرنگون کردن محمدرضا شاه و روی کار آوردن خمینی و حکومت جمهوری اسلامی داشتن. تو گفته های این کتاب اشاره شده ایران با سرتی از ژاپن در حال رشد و پیشرفت بود. بنظرم نویس [...]

    17. Yashar on said:

      Although some people may say multiple historical narratives exist and not a single true history, in my view this does not justify highly biased narratives. This book raises important points, albeit many have been well known for awhile. Nonetheless, at the end I think its biased narrative will discredit its merits.

    18. Tahani on said:

      انتهيت من قراءة كتاب قبل سقوط الشاة بقليل ! للمؤلف : أندرو سكوت كوبر ، ترجمة: حمد العيسى . الكتاب يوضح ما ترتب على اتفاق النفط في الدوحة والذي تسبب في أضرار اقتصادية لإيران مما اسهم في سقوط حكم الشاة ! ففي ديسمبر عام ١٩٧٣ رتب شاة ايران اتفاق طهران النفطي والذي بسببه رفع أسعار ال [...]

    19. Chris on said:

      Repetitive and confusingly written, I found myself finishing more out of a sense of morbid curiosity than anything else. This book sets out to the tell the story of tie Iranian revolution from the perspective of the Pahlavis, and while it tends to be sympathetic to them, it is difficult to read because what the author is telling you to think and feel about them stands in such sharp contrast to the incompetence and hesitation to make any decision clearly evident from even this pro-Shah work. It a [...]

    20. Lp1989 on said:

      Cooper's Main thesis is pretty much the same as James Buchan's Days of God which makes the same case as Fall of Heaven but was far more critical of Mohammed Reza and the Pahlavi clan (see also Christopher de Ballingue[sic] Patroit of Persia a bio of Mossadegh which is also very critical of MR and the Pahlavi's). However, as far as I can tell Days of God seems to have been more well received as Buchan was making no attempt to defend MR, but also is in the end more critical of Irans political elit [...]

    21. Ahmed on said:

      الكتاب يذكر الأحداث السياسية في السنوات الأخيرة قبل سقوط الشاه و العوامل الأقتصادية التي أدت إلى زعزعة العلاقات بين طهران وواشنطن ثم أخيرًا دور السعودية في خفض أسعار النفط في نهاية عام 1976 مما أدى إلى انهيار الأقتصاد الأيراني و اشتعال الثورة التي أطاحت بنظام الشاه.الكتاب لا [...]

    22. Alwaleed on said:

      كتاب رائع جداً يوثق فترة السبعينات المثيرة حول تمرد شاه إيران في محاولته لرفع أسعار النفط، مما يؤثر على الإقتصاد العالمي.ودور المملكة العربية السعودية "القوي" في تعاونها مع أمريكا في إفشال محاولة شاه إيران برفع أسعار النفط، مما تسبب وبشكل غير مقصود بإهتزاز الاقتصاد الايران [...]

    23. Debbie Jacob on said:

      After searching for years, I finally found a good book that deals with the downfall of the Shah of Iran. There are parts which make a riveting read. Those are the parts that ring true. Much of the Shah's story often appears quite maudlin, and there is the distinct feeling sometimes that Queen Farah has a hand in shaping the history that surrounds her husband as Jackie Kennedy did in her creation of Camelot. All-in-all this is an interesting read. I particularly liked how the author paces the sto [...]

    24. KhuloodAl Junaibi on said:

      يتناول الكاتب فترة زيادة ايران لاسعار النفط حتى تأتي السعودية وتضخ كميات كبيرة من النفط للمحافظة على سعر النفط وايضا للتقليل من سعره وكان لها ما ارادت تأثرت ايران سلبيا بانخفاض سعر النفط ووصل التخصم الى مستوى 40% وساءت الاوضاع كثيرا في رأيي الأسباب التي أدت الى سقوط الشاه كث [...]

    25. BonnieL on said:

      Well written, well researched. A good overview for those who aren't familiar with the regime change that led to today's Iran. However, it is definitely a rosy view of the Pahlavi monarchs and downplays many of the atrocities committed by the Shah's secret police and SAVAK. It does, however, portray a weak and secretive monarch who, had he acted (as advised) with resolution and what the West would condemn as brutality, could possibly have prevented the rise of Iran as we now know it.

    26. Mohammed Radhi on said:

      لم يرقني الكتاب بسبب تحييز المترجم المبالغ. بالاضافة، اعتقد ان دراسة ظُلمت بسبب تلخيص المترجم الذي اظهرها بشكل سطحي جدا. قراءات الكاتب و المترجم و تفسيراتهم المتحيزة قللت من مصداقية الدراسة حيث الحيادية في الطرح مطلب.

    27. Mehrsa on said:

      What a waste. It's just a big apologia and veneration of the Shah. Sure, he looks much better now after the Islamic revolution, but this book is an over the top idealization of his reign.

    28. Teoh on said:

      One could be left with an impression of a puissant yet pusillanimous Shah who flirted & embraced liberalism & modernity, but haggled with himself & his own subjects on the dowry price of such consummation. His only saving grace, if it could be said as such, are that at the very end he refused to employ the full force of his nation's military might against the revolution & chose abdication followed by voluntary exile. History, is of course, without irony. The 'Khomeinists' (for la [...]

    29. Eric on said:

      Probably not the final definitive history of the fall of the Iranian royal house, but certainly worth considering as at least one of the better drafts of that effort. I did sense just a bit of shift in how Cooper viewed the events surrounding the shah's fall. At the story's outset I sensed Cooper was on the side of the royalists, but by the end of the story the conservative populist narration was emerging as the more sympathetic view. Whether this is due to the shah having died as early as he di [...]

    30. Wes F on said:

      Great historical chronicle that focuses on the last year of the Shah of Iran & his wife & other key leaders in the Pahlavi Imperial government. Good insights into why a rather hitherto unknown mullah--or imam--named Khomeini, who forcefully took his Ayatollah status, working every (many of them devious) angle he could from within, & later, without the country, was able to topple the Shah's "island of stability in a sea of instability." Cooper's account brings the context alive and us [...]

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