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Reza Pahlavi, the last shah of Iran, and his wife, Farah Pahlavi. Source: the U.S. National Archives and Records Administration website. According to the NARA site, use of this photo is unrestricted.

Books About the Pahlavis

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Reza Shah Pahlavi

Iran and the Rise of Reza Shah: From Qajar Collapse to Pahlavi Rule by Cyrus Ghani. About the father of the last shah.

Great Britain and Reza Shah: The Plunder of Iran, 1921-1941 by Mohammad Gholi Majd. How the British brought to power an obscure and semi-literate military officer, Reza Khan, who was made shah in 1925. Thereafter Iran was subjected to a level of brutality not seen for centuries.

Books About the Qajar Dynasty

The Last Shah

The Shah by Abbas Milani. Biography of Mohammad-Reza Shah Pahlevi, the last Shah of Iran, who shaped the contemporary politics of the Middle East.

The Life and Times of the Shah by Gholam Reza Afkhami. An insider's account of the life of Mohammad Reza Shah, who ruled from 1941 to 1979 as the last Iranian monarch.

The Fall of Heaven: The Pahlavis and the Final Days of Imperial Iran by Andrew Scott Cooper. Account of the rise and fall of Iran's glamorous Pahlavi dynasty, written with the cooperation of Empress Farah, Iranian revolutionaries, and former US officials.

The Shah's Last Ride by William Shawcross. Chronicles the events leading to the fall of the last reigning monarch of the Peacock Thorne, Mohammad Reza Shah Pahlavi, detailing the excesses of his court and the shah's abdiction, exile, and death.

Farah Pahlavi

An Enduring Love: My Life With the Shah: A Memoir by Farah Pahlavi, translated by Patricia Clancy. The Shah of Iran's widow shares her memories.

The Empress and I: How an Ancient Empire Collected, Rejected and Rediscovered Modern Art by Donna Stein. The author served as art advisor to Empress Farah Diba Pahlavi of Iran.

Books by Members of Iran's Royal Family

Winds of Change: The Future of Democracy in Iran by Reza Pahlavi. The author is the son of the last shah of Iran.

Faces in a Mirror: Memoirs From Exile by Princess Ashraf Pahlavi. The author, the twin sister of the last shah of Iran, tells the story of her life and her country, based on personal experiences and inside information. Published in 1980.

Time for Truth by Princess Ashraf Pahlavi. The shah's twin sister discusses the causes of the downfall of the monarchy. Published in 1995.

Books by Witnesses to the Iranian Revolution

From Palace to Prison: Inside the Iranian Revolution by Ehsan Naraghi, translated by Nilou Mobasser. The author, a friend of Queen Farah, recounts his conversations with the queen's husband, the last shah of Iran.

The Priest and the King: An Eyewitness Account of the Iranian Revolution by Desmond Harney. The author, a former British diplomat, lived in Tehran during the build-up to the Iranian Revolution.

Shah of Shahs by Ryszard Kapuscinski. A Polish reporter's account of the Shah of Iran, his final weeks in power, and the revolution that sent him into exile.

The Shah, Iran, and the U.S.

All the Shah's Men: An American Coup and the Roots of Middle East Terror by Stephen Kinzer. How the U.S. overthrew the democratically elected prime minister of Iran and restored Mohammed Reza Shah to the Peacock Throne.

The Oil Kings: How the U.S., Iran, and Saudi Arabia Changed the Balance of Power in the Middle East by Andrew Scott Cooper. How the U.S., the last shah of Iran, and the Saudi royal family maneuvered to control events in the Middle East in the 1970s.

The Shah and I: The Confidential Diary of Iran's Royal Court, 1968-77 by Asadollah Alam. The author was the last shah of Iran's friend. He became Minister of Court.

The Shah, the Islamic Revolution and the United States by Darioush Bayandor. Follows the shah of Iran's rule through the 1970s, the emergence of opposition movements, and the role of the United States' Carter administration.

Taken Hostage: The Iran Hostage Crisis and America's First Encounter with Radical Islam by David Harris. An account of the Iran Hostage Crisis and what led up to it.

The Iranian Revolution

The Turban for the Crown: The Islamic Revolution in Iran by Said Amir Arjomand. A history of the revolution that overthrew the shah.

Dynamics of the Iranian Revolution: The Pahlavis' Triumph and Tragedy by Jahangir Amuzegar.

A History of Modern Iran Since 1921: The Pahlavis and After by Ali Ansari. Based on a wide range of foreign and Persian sources, including interviews with key players.

The Making of Iran's Islamic Revolution: From Monarchy to Islamic Republic by Mohsen M. Milani. Draws on interviews with Iranian officials to analyze the factional politics in Islamic Iran.

Revolutions and the Collapse of the Monarchy: Human Agency and the Making of Revolution in France, Russia and Iran by Zhand Shakibi. Why were Louis XVI, Nicholas II, and Mohammad Reza Pahlavi all overthrown? This is a comparative study.

Children's Books

Mohammed Reza Pahlavi by Linda Barth. Children's book about the last shah of Iran, who died in 1980.

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Documentaries & Movies

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The Queen & I. As a teenager, Nahid Persson Sarvestani joined the revolution that deposed the Shah of Iran. Thirty years later, she made a documentary about the shah's widow. Surprisingly, Empress Farah welcomed her as a fellow refugee, granting unprecedented access.

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