Days of God

Days of God

The Revolution in Iran and Its Consequences

Book - 2013
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A myth-busting insider's account of the Iranian Revolution of 1979 that destroyed US influence in the country and transformed the politics of the Middle East and the world.

The 1979 Islamic revolution in Iran was one of the seminal events of our time. It inaugurated more than thirty years of war in the Middle East and fostered an Islamic radicalism that shapes foreign policy in the United States and Europe to this day.

Drawing on his lifetime of engagement with Iran, James Buchan explains the history that gave rise to the Revolution, in which Ayatollah Khomeini and his supporters displaced the Shah with little diffi­culty. Mystifyingly to outsiders, the people of Iran turned their backs on a successful Westernized government for an amateurish religious regime. Buchan dispels myths about the Iranian Revolution and instead assesses the historical forces to which it responded. He puts the extremism of the Islamic regime in perspective: a truly radical revolution, it can be compared to the French or Russian Revolu­tions. Using recently declassified diplomatic papers and Persian-language news reports, diaries, memoirs, interviews, and theological tracts, Buchan illumi­nates both Khomeini and the Shah. His writing is always clear, dispassionate, and informative.

The Iranian Revolution was a turning point in modern history, and James Buchan's Days of God is, as London's Independent put it, "a compelling, beautifully written history" of that event.
Publisher: New York ; Toronto : Simon & Schuster, 2013, c2012.
Edition: 1st Simon & Schuster hardcover ed. --
ISBN: 9781416597773
Characteristics: xvii, 410 p. ; ill., maps.


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Jun 27, 2014

Why for centuries did the spiritual classes give their support to Kings and Princes? If power belongs exclusively to the spiritual classes, how come they have taken so long to recognize it?

Jun 27, 2014

Muslim brethren! They're our greatest enemies!

Jun 27, 2014

... for most Iranians Iran is the shia.

Jun 27, 2014

The bazaar was the heart of Iranian life.


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Nov 11, 2013

The book is very detailed and informative. I found it difficult to read, because the modern history of Iran is so complicated. The book would have been easier for me to get through if it had an appendix with maps, names of people and places, and chronology of events.

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