Mohammad Reza Pahlavi (World Leaders Past and Present)

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Traces the life of the Shah of Iran, describes the reasons for his downfall, and assesses his influence on Iranian history

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Grade 6 Up Be warned: this is not a conventional biography. Instead, Cockcroft uses the life of the Shah as a springboard to present a worst-case scenario of U.S. involvement in Iran. The account begins with the 1978 events that preceded the last exile of the Shah: government troops shooting women and children, killing hospital patients, burying protesters alive. Backtracking to the time of the First World War, the story then shows how British/Soviet interest in Persia resulted in a military coup and the Pahlavi regime. Two chapters tell of Mohammed Reza's background and early life. Cockcroft describes the role that the Allies played in Iran during World War II and gives a sketchy explanation of the Cold War mentality that led to disastrous U.S. intervention. CIA involvement, the creation of a police state, the too-little-too-late reformsthe whole sorry story emerges. The volume ends with the Khomeini revolution and the death of the Shah. The captions for the many black-and-white photos, along with provocative quotes and commentaries that dot the wide margins, add information. The problem with this volume lies in its tone and emphasis: Cockcroft pounds home the message that the U.S. was stupid, venal, and corrupt. Young readers need to know the dark side of our history. They also deserve a less inflammatory, more nuanced version than this book provides. Ellen D. Warwick, Robbins Junior Library, Arlington, Mass.
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