Gholam Reza Afkhami HISTORY FORUM


Gholam Reza Afkhami HISTORY FORUM
by Darius Kadivar

Watch Debate & (Q & A) about the Book The Life and Times of the Shah by Gholam Reza Afkhami at The Woodrow Wilson Center Hosted by Dr. Haleh Esfandiary and with the participation of John Limbert (Former US Diplomat to Iran) and Historian Shaul Bakhash:

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Gholam Reza Afkhami
Author, Senior Scholar at the Foundation for Iranian Studies


John Limbert
Distinguished Professor of International Affairs, United States Naval Academy


Shaul Bakhash
Robinson Professor of History, George Mason University

Description This epic biography, a gripping insider's account, is a long-overdue chronicle of the life and times of Mohammad Reza Shah, who ruled from 1941 to 1979 as the last Iranian monarch. Gholam Reza Afkhami uses his unparalleled access to a large number of individuals—including high-ranking figures in the shah's regime, members of his family, and members of the opposition—to depict the unfolding of the shah's life against the forces and events that shaped the development of modern Iran. The first major biography of the Shah in twenty-five years, this richly detailed account provides a radically new perspective on key events in Iranian history, including the 1979 revolution, U.S.-Iran relations, and Iran's nuclear program. It also sheds new light on what now drives political and cultural currents in a country at the heart of today's most perplexing geopolitical dilemmas.

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  • Hardcover: 740 pages
  • Publisher: University of California Press; 1 edition (January 12, 2009)
  • Language: English


    About The Author 
    Gholam Reza Afkhami is Senior Scholar at the Foundation for Iranian Studies. Before the revolution of 1979 he was Professor of Political Science at the National University of Iran, Secretary-General of Iran's National Committee for World Literacy Program and Deputy Minister of Interior. He is author of The Iranian Revolution, among other books.

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    Quebeqi Jaan Here is the link

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    If you copy and paste the following link in your browser it should launch Windows Media Player if you have it on your computer.


    If you don't have Windows Media Player you should be able to download the player here.


    Hope you can see it for it is a Very interesting Debate amongst true scholars.




    Cant' play it

    by Quebeqi on

    Is it possible to post the video on I went to the Woodrow Wilson Center website and it was impossible for me to view the debate. Merci d'avance!:)