Andrew scott cooper fall of heaven

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andrew scott cooper fall of heaven

The Fall of Heaven: The Pahlavis and the Final Days of Imperial Iran by Andrew Scott Cooper

An immersive, gripping account of the rise and fall of Irans glamorous Pahlavi dynasty, written with the cooperation of the late Shahs widow, Empress Farah, Iranian revolutionaries and US officials from the Carter administration

In this remarkably human portrait of one of the twentieth centurys most complicated personalities, Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, Andrew Scott Cooper traces the Shahs 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 worlds top five powers. Readers get the story of the Shahs 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. Coopers 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 worlds most legendary ruling families, the unseating of which helped set the stage for the current state of the Middle East.
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The Fall of Heaven : The Pahlavis and the Final Days of Imperial Iran

His day began at seven o'clock with a soft knock on the bedroom door at Niavaran, the palace compound where he lived and worked in northern Tehran. On occasion, the cook might liven the plate with two or three pieces of grapefruit, but in general he preferred plain, modest fare — he had a sensitive stomach and was allergic to onions, strawberries, and Iran's famous caviar. A military aide brought in official correspondence and the morning papers, both foreign and domestic, to be read while he ate and his wife slept on. He received his first intelligence briefing of the day before he started reading. An hour earlier, Amir had telephoned officials in each of Iran's twenty-two provinces to collect their individual weather reports. What they told him was important because it usually determined the mood of the Shah — and thus the mood of his thirty-five million subjects — for the remainder of the day.

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It documents the Pahlavi family and the overthrow of the Shah of Iran. Cooper stated that the person who succeeded Pahlavi as Iran's ruler, Ruhollah Khomeini , unfairly tainted Pahlavi's image and that the shah was a "benevolent autocrat". Brent G. Alvandi stated that the book is a "refreshingly revisionist account". Aram Bakshian wrote in the Washington Times that the book "is thoroughly researched and documented" and "is also highly readable and does justice to the tragic grandeur of his subject. Publishers Weekly described it as "a fascinating, distinctive, and personal account of the Shah and his rule.

The former shah of Iran, Mohammed Reza Pahlavi, staked his modernization project on the secularization of Iranian life, and the emancipation of traditionally religious women. He urged them to come out from under their veils, attend university and show up as citizens in the public sphere. The Iranian revolution disrupted all this. It produced an Islamic Republic that imposed Shariah law and mandated veiling. Despite this lived experience, the common opinion that Middle Eastern women are best served by secular dictators endures. Cooper shows his hand with his title.

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