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In the Name of God: The Khomeini Decade
by Robin Wright
Wright, a three-time Pulitzer nominee, surveys ten years of bitter revolution in Iran, the world's most strategic nation.
Paperback, 284 pages
Published October 1st 1990 by Touchstone Books
(first published October 1st 1989)
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A bit dated, (published in 1990) but an excellent history of the Islamic revolution in Iran and the coming to power of the Ayatollah Khomeini and the first decade after his return, (1979-1989). Very good background to the Iranian Revolution, from the modern history of Iran and the relationship that Iran had with the west and other neighbors, and the personal history of Khomeini himself and how he saw the world. A bit depressing that the revolution to overthrow a despot ended up creating much wor ...more
Solid for what it is: a journalistic chronicle of Iran between the last days of the Shah and Khomeini's death. I would have liked a bit more analysis, more on internal politics and less on battleground maneuvers, but you can't have it all. Wright writes clear, concise, uninspired prose. It's sad that this is out of print while current-affairsy 'Why Iran Matters and What the U.S.A. Can Do With Freedom' kind of things get published every day. More history and less prognostication on the internatio ...more