First published in 1985, this is a comprehensive study off the Middle East's most strategic country, set against the background of the Islamic heritage of Iran and the rise and fall of the Pahlavi dynasty. The author describes the various phases through which the Islamic revolution has passed, gives an incisive account of the Gulf War , and provides an historical survey of Iran's relations with the West, the Societ bloc, and other countries of the region.
'A new book about post-revolutionary Iran … with a degree of detail and analysis not available until now.' - The Guardian
'Hiro's work is encyclopaedic' - The Times
'Leaves the reader with a deeper understanding of Iran' - Sunday Times
'A competent, sensible narrative of the eventful last half-dozen years … Hiro writes with colour and excitement' - Observer
'Readable and compact political history of the Iranian revolution … one of the engaging features of this book is that it provides an altogether coherent view of the Iranian revolution' - Los Angeles Times