A review on Houshang Nahavndi's Book about the Last Shah of Iran

By: William Wolf

May I draw your attention to a new book by Houchang Nahavandi, a former Minister of the last Shah of Iran (Mohammad Reza Pahlavi). Please see the attached file for a picture of the front cover.

This book gives a dramatic insight into the development of global terrorism, and how the "free world", betrayed and destroyed the Shah, even though - or, rather, because - he was the key to stability and peace in the region.

I would be very grateful if you'd consent to mention and review it, as it gives enlightenment on US foreign policy and present situation in Iran. If the Carter administration had not supported the iranian revolution and Khomeyni, there wouldn't be, today, a "nuclear issue" with Iran... because the Shah was an ally, a democrat ; and moreover, thanks to Mohammad Reza Pahlavi's policy and vision, the women were
then living in total freedom...

Best wishes
William Wolf
Aquilion Ltd



A philosopher of the ancient world once wrote that 'political revolution is the sublime of bad literature', but Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, the last Shah of Iran, bore an entire nation towards hopes and works, which would have inspired Persia's finest poets, and honoured Darius and Cyrus-the-Great, forever.

During the last 25 years of his reign, average, annual, per capita income rose from $160 to $2 450, and, in 1977, the IMF predicted that the GDP of oil-rich Iran would equal Spain's, by the end of the century. The Shah played a leading role, firstly, in creating Iran's economic miracle, and, secondly, in Middle-Eastern politics, where he was instrumental in obtaining the Egypto-Israeli accord reached at Camp David. Anything seemed possible: all the necessary resources and expertise were to hand, guaranteed by a stable regime; and the women of Iran were emancipated, elegant and beautiful. Apart from the citizens of Communist regimes, anyone could go, without a visa, to that oriental Switzerland.

During those fateful years, Houchang Nahavandi was able to observe the drama, as it unfolded, of Iranian history, from the wings, as it were - or from the prompt- box, for he was frequently the Shah's (alas, unheeded!) counsellor, before the fall. In the last months of the reign, and then in exile, Nahavandi became one of the Shah's confidants and was able to look back, through Imperial eyes, on Iran's ascent and perilous apogee. He saw too how, after 1977, Iran's lot was cast with the loaded dice of international intrigues, when the West (and especially the USA) arranged a frightful blood-bath.

Long the friends of Iran, but disquieted by her rise to power and the Shah's independent stance, the western allies discovered, mouldering in exile, a potential puppet- revolutionary, whom France then undertook to groom as the heroic liberator, and whose sermons and official biography were written by intelligence-agents at Neauphle-le-Chateau (France) and sent to Iran by diplomatic bag.

Alert, discreet and candid, Nahavandi shows us tragic events unfolding, massacres, media-infiltration and - manipulation (by the Soviets also!) and agitators gulling crowds with empty coffins, all of which provokes a desire to save Iran - and especially so, when we learn that the Shah ordered his army not to resist nor "shed the least drop of blood", while fanatical, revolutionary, western assets, whom the West affects to combat, did the West's dirty work.

In The Last Shah of Iran, Houchang Nahavandi throws back the scenery of this drama to reveal the human and political reality, in which he was intimately involved, and which is the key to understanding the world today. Recalling also his long conversations with the exiled and dying King, he describes the in-fighting at Court, the despairing attempts of those, who could see "the writing on the wall", and the treacherous double-game played by the western powers.

Thereby, the exiled Monarch, eaten away by illness, shines a rare spotlight on the treachery of the West. Valé²¹ said that "civilisations are mortal", and one might foresee that, when "nought else remains" round the colossal wreck of the present hegemony, but a caricature of a
civilisation, sketched by its cultural dross, and the invading hordes of five continents, the Shah's example will still afford a noble vision of how things might be. Straight facts and a wealth of irrefutable, previously unpublished, testimony provide the first completely clear and detailed picture of what happened then and, thus, of what is happening now. "I think that the way in which our government conducted itself in that situation will always be seen as one of American history's blackest pages." (Richard Nixon)

The Author:

HOUCHANG NAHAVANDI holds an Academic Merit Award from George Washington University and honorary doctorates from the Universities of Utah, Ankara and Shiraz. A former, Iranian Minister of Development (1964 - 1968) and Minister for Science and Higher Education (September - October 1978) he was Rector of Shiraz University (1968 - 1971) and of Teheran University (1971 - 1977) before becoming President of the Board of Trustees (1977 - 1979). He is also a Laureate of the French Academy (1992) and Associate Member of the Academy of Moral and Political Sciences. Author of many publications in French and in Farsi.

================================================================================================ Title: The Last Shah of Iran
Sub-title: Fatal Countdown of A Great Patriot betrayed by the Free World
A Great Country whose fault was Success

Format: Paperback - 540 pages (with a B&W and colours photo section,
and a full index) - 150 mm x 214 mm
ISBN: 1-904997-03-1
Price: US $28.95 / GB ?14.95
Publisher: Aquilion Ltd

Distributor: USA: Ketab (www.ketab.com) - Telephone: (310) 477 7477 -
Email: ketab1@ketab.com
UK: June Press - info@junepress.com - tel: 08456 120 175

And Amazon: http://www.amazon.co.uk/exec/obidos/ASIN/1904997031/