From Palace to Prison by Ehsan Naraghi
Inside the Iranian Revolution

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This unusual and illuminating account of the Iranian revolution of 1979 is far more than an insider's memoir of the shah's downfall and the rise of the Islamic republic. It is also a unique behind-the-scenes view of Iran's tempestuous politics and society. In the first half of the book, the author, a prominent Iranian sociologist, engagingly recounts his long conversations with the shah in the weeks before the revolution. Here is the shah at bay, a man overtaken by events and unbelievably ignorant of the causes of the popular agitation against him. Mr. Naraghi provides an unparalleled picture of the revolutionary events as seen through the eyes of those at the very center of power. In the second half of the book the author recalls his thirty-three-month experience in prison—the first testimony to come from a survivor of the Islamic republic's jails. In a rich, intensely human portrait of his co-prisoners and his jailors, Mr. Naraghi powerfully reconstructs his prison world as a microcosm of the political earthquake that engulfed Iran. His book is a highly readable and authentic counterpoint to Not Without My Daughter.

About Ehsan Naraghi

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Ehsan Naraghi is founder of Tehran University's respected Institute of Social Studies and Research.
Published October 28, 1993 by Ivan R. Dee, Publisher. 301 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Political & Social Sciences, Travel, Law & Philosophy. Non-fiction

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But despite the Shah's apparent desire for information, he ``lacked a complete picture,'' Naraghi says, ``because he preferred to feed his own fantasies rather than mend his ways.'' Unfortunately, rather than offer a complete picture here of the dramatic ideological transition then going on in Ir...

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On September 28, 1978, Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, the last shah of Iran, summoned the author, a prominent Iranian sociologist, to the palace in Teheran to ask for his analysis of the current political situation.

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