söndag, juni 18, 2006

En måste läsa bok

Här om dagen så hittade jag en bok på nätet när jag egentigen letade efter en helt annan sak. Boken var så pass bra att jag beställde den direkt. Nu vill jag rekomendera er alla att göra det också.

Boken heter "The last Shah of Iran" och är verkligen underbar.

Författaren heter Dr. Houshang Nahavandi. Mer om honom kan ni läsa här.

En del av boken publicerar jag här. Den skrevs på Franska, men pga att den här boken var så underbar så översattes den snabbt till Engelska.

Ni kan köpa den bla på www.bokus.se eller www.amazon.co.uk.


A philosopher of the
ancient world once wrote that "
political revolution
is the best part of bad literature,"
but Mohammad Reza
Pahlavi, the last Shah of Iran, bore an entire nation towards hopes and works,
which would have inspired Persia'
s finest poets, and
honoured Darius and Cyrus-the-Great, forever.

During the last 25 years of his
reign, average, annual,
per capita
income rose from $160 to $2,450;
and, in 1977, the IMF
predicted that the GDP of oil-rich Iran would equal Spain'
s, by the end of the century. The
Shah played a leading role, firstly, in creating Iran'
s economic miracle, and, secondly,
in Middle-Eastern politics, where he was instrumental in obtaining the
Egypto-Israeli accord reached at
Camp David
. Anything seemed
possible. All the necessary resources and expertise were to hand, guaranteed by
a stable regime; and
the women of Iran
were emancipated, elegant and beautiful.
Apart from the citizens of Communist regimes,
anyone could go, without a visa, to that oriental

During those fateful years, Houchang
Nahavandi was able to observe
the drama, as it unfolded, of Iranian history, from the wings, as it were - or
from the prompt-box, for he was frequently the Shah'
s (alas, unheeded!)
counsellor, before the fall. In the last months of the reign, and then in exile,
Nahavandi became one of the Shah'
was able to look back, through Imperial eyes, on Iran'
s ascent and perilous apogee. He saw
too how, after 1977, Iran'
s lot was cast with the loaded dice
, when the West (and especially the USA) arranged a

Long the friends of Iran, but
disquieted by her rise to power and the Shah'
s independent stance, the western
allies discovered, mouldering in exile, a potential puppet-revolutionary, whom
France then undertook to groom as the heroic liberator, and whose sermons and
official biography were written by intelligence-agents at Neauphle-le-Château and sent to Iran
by diplomatic bag.

Alert, discreet and
Nahavandi shows us tragic
events unfolding, massacres, media-infiltration and -
manipulation (by the
Soviets!) and agitators gulling crowds with empty coffins
, all of which provokes a desire to
save Iran -
especially so, when we learn that
the Shah ordered his army not to resist nor "
shed the least drop of blood"
, while fanatical, revolutionary,
western assets, whom the West affects to combat, did the West'
s dirty

In The Last Shah of Iran, Houchang
Nahavandi throws back the scenery of this drama to reveal the human and
political reality, in which he was intimately involved, and which is the key to
understanding the world today. Recalling also his long conversations with the
exiled and dying King, he describes the in-fighting at Court, the despairing
attempts of those, who could see "
the writing on the wall"
, and the treacherous double-game played by the western

The exiled Monarch, eaten away by
illness, shines a rare spotlight on the treachery of the
. Valéry
said that "
civilisations are mortal"
, and one might foresee that,
when "
nought else remains"
round the colossal wreck of the
present hegemony, but a caricature of a civilisation, sketched by its cultural
dross, and the invading hordes of five continents, the Shah will still afford a
noble vision of how things might be. Straight facts and a wealth of irrefutable,
previously unpublished, testimony provide the first completely clear and
detailed picture of what happened then and, thus, of what is happening


At 18 juni, 2006 23:25, Anonymous Ayae said...

Vet du vem Dr. Richard Nelson Frye är?

At 19 juni, 2006 00:12, Blogger Ardavan Khoshnood said...

Hej Ayae. Ja, så där. Han föddes i en svensk familj i USA. Är expert inom Irans historia m.m.

Han var dock i Iran 2004 och mottog ett pris där. SÅ bara det att regimen i Iran spenderar en pris på honom är konstigt tycker jag. Hur så?


At 19 juni, 2006 00:19, Anonymous Ayae said...

Nee man ja hittade han på nätet o han har tydligen enbart skrivit ett tiotal böcker om Iran, han har t o m lagt till Irandost på sitt namn.


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