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The Shah, the Islamic Revolution and the United States


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xviii
  2. The Pre-revolution Setting

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Darioush Bayandor
      Pages 3-25
    3. Darioush Bayandor
      Pages 27-87
  3. The Onset of Revolution

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 89-89
    2. Darioush Bayandor
      Pages 91-107
    3. Darioush Bayandor
      Pages 109-128
    4. Darioush Bayandor
      Pages 129-142
  4. The Revolution

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 143-143
    2. Darioush Bayandor
      Pages 145-160
    3. Darioush Bayandor
      Pages 161-175
    4. Darioush Bayandor
      Pages 177-193
    5. Darioush Bayandor
      Pages 195-206
    6. Darioush Bayandor
      Pages 207-223
    7. Darioush Bayandor
      Pages 225-249
    8. Darioush Bayandor
      Pages 251-270
    9. Darioush Bayandor
      Pages 293-316
    10. Darioush Bayandor
      Pages 317-324
    11. Darioush Bayandor
      Pages 325-346

About this book


The Islamic Revolution in 1979 transformed Iranian society and reshaped the political landscape of the Middle East. Four decades later, Darioush Bayandor draws upon heretofore untapped archival evidence to reexamine the complex domestic and international dynamics that led to the Revolution. Beginning with the socioeconomic transformation of the 1960s, this book follows the Shah’s rule through the 1970s, tracing the emergence of opposition movements, the Shah’s blunders and miscalculations, the influence of the post-Vietnam zeitgeist and the role of the Carter administration. The Shah, the Islamic Revolution and the United States offers new revelations about how Iran was thrown into chaos and an ailing ruler lost control, with consequences that still reverberate today.


Islamic Revolution Pahlavi Dynasty Iranian monarchy Islamic Republic Mohammad Reza Shah Pahlavi Ayatollah Khomeini the Shah Ambassador William Sullivan Jimmy Carter Carter Administration Zbigniew Brzezinski Iran Freedom Movement Medi Bazargan Shahpour Bakhtiar Abadan Soviet Union and Iran

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.NyonSwitzerland

About the authors

Darioush Bayandor is a Swiss-Iranian scholar and a former diplomat and United Nations official. He is the author of Iran and the CIA: The Fall of Mosaddeq Revisited (Palgrave, 2010).

Bibliographic information


“Meticulous and comprehensive, this newly released study of the 1979 revolution is a worthy addition to an already copious literature on Iran. … Bayandor provides a gripping chronicle of the forces that gave rise to a populist revolution and a theocratic post-revolutionary government.” (Brookings,, January, 2019)

‘”The Shah, the Islamic Revolution and the United States,’ offers a fresh perspective on the Shah of Iran’s rule and skillfully explains how the historical events that followed continue to shape Iran today. Working with previously untapp archival materials, Bayandor examines the sophisticated and often complex dynamics between domestic and international affairs in Iran.” (Kayhan Life,, February, 14 , 2019)