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First published in 1985, this is a comprehensive study of 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. Dilip Hiro describes the various phases through which the Islamic revolution has passed, gives an incisive account of the first Gulf War, and provides an historical survey of Iran's relations with the West, the Soviet 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
'Balanced and carefully researched account of the revolution and its first five years' - London Review of Books
'The chief merits of this work are its readable style and the author's firsthand knowlegde acquired during three visits to the Islamic Republic' - Choice
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