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An Enduring Love: My Life with the Shah - A Memoir [Anglais] [Relié]

Farah Pahlavi
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10 mars 2004
Farah Pahlavi has lived a life of extremes: a loving marriage to the Shah that ended with his death in 1980; a period of luxury in the court followed by years of exile and loss. Her story has been covered in the press and in countless books, but here she speaks out for the rst time, and tells her own remarkable story. The only child of an Iranian army ofcer, Farah Diba was an architecture student in Paris when she became engaged and married the Shah. Pitched from her ordinary existence into a maelstrom of paparazzi and international attention, she quickly became an icon for her age-a beautiful, serene young woman, romantically married to one of the most powerful men in the world. She writes about her early years and about Iran itself and her profound love for it, of encounters with world leaders, of family life in the palaces of Tehran. She describes the divisions of Iranian society and the gradual shift of public opinion, fuelled by the rise in religious fundamentalism, which led to the sudden overthrow of the Shah in 1979. An Enduring Love includes a moving account of the year the Shah and his Queen spent wandering the globe, rejected from the United States and shuttling between Egypt, Morocco, the Bahamas, Panama, and Mexico. Farah Pahlavi details the years of exile after the Shah's death, as she rebuilt a life for herself and for her children in the United States. Written with an affecting simplicity and directness, this is both a powerful human document and a fascinating perspective on an especially turbulent period in Middle Eastern history.

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  • Relié: 464 pages
  • Editeur : Miramax Books (10 mars 2004)
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ISBN-10: 140135209X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401352097
  • Dimensions du produit: 23,7 x 16,5 x 4,1 cm
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 un avenir brisé 22 mai 2004
En lisant les mémoires de Farah Diba, on se peux que s'étonner de la tournure de l'histoire et constater que le vie a un drole d'humour... Son livre est poignant, il apporte une idée plus claire sur tout ce que le Shah a fait pour L'Iran. Son témoignage est jalonné d'anecdotes et de petites histoires qui feront de ce couple l'un des plus célèbre. Un livre a lire, que dis je? A dévorer!!! On en sort transformé et admiratif.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Perspective 11 mars 2004
Par Mahasti Ziai - Publié sur Amazon.com
I enjoyed reading the book very much. The tone is natural and honest, with enough personal and public interest issues included to make it engaging. For someone who lost so much in the revolution to have refrained from naming too many individuals, whether in praise or blame, is remarkable, and shows a gracious and noble spirit. It leaves you wanting more but recognizing the value of the decision not to indulge. The final chapters are a heart-wrenching lesson in realpolitik Western-style. Most of all, I enjoyed reading about the events of the last 25 years from the perspective of someone who lost more than most people in the revolution and yet has managed to keep her love for the country, and her spirit, intact. She comes across as sad, but she's neither bitter nor cynical nor defeated; in fact, she sounds strong and hopeful. That achievement alone is worth shining the light on as a model to be emulated.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Let the Truth be told 6 mars 2004
Par Lola Saltaneh - Publié sur Amazon.com
I read a white cover / draft copy of Farah Pahlavi's book which I bought [...] around two months ago.
I actually ended up reading this book three times and whilst doing so, compared it with similar accounts of the pre and post-revolutionary events which I had read about from other Iranian and non-Iranian sources. I also put side by side with what I could recall myself from the events of that era.
My overall conclusions and those of my father who is also an avid reader of Iranian history were to the effect that this book was one of the most authentic and significant accounts of the contemporary Iranian history.
Reading through Farah Pahlavi's book, I could not help to observe an earnest effort on her part to be objective even when the account given were almost definitely in conflict with her own family's interests and historical track records.
In short, it tallies, at least 90% of it.
Also, because this book has been written by a woman and because I am a Iranian woman myself, I cannot complete this review without drawing a comparative reference between the status of the Iranian women during the Qajar times, during the Pahlavi Era and where we are today some 25 years after the departure of the Pahlavi dynasty.
Women were essentially no more than common slaves or baby factories during the Qajar period. The Qajar Kings, apart from being grossly incompetent in terms of running the country, never demonstrated any tendency towards progressing the women's rights or status within their kingdom. On the contrary, they all had their vast Harems where much like today's Saudi Arabia, they had literally hundreds of wives, concubines and several hundred children (some of which were their own and others were the courtesy of their kind, supportive and thoughtful court employees). In those days, nepotism was rife of course and every one of these Qajar children (whether rightful or mostly of the courtesy variety) use to be given government posts which anywhere else in the world would have been reserved for experienced and highly qualified civil servants. Mohamed Mossadegh was one of these children who much like his other siblings was give put in charge of the finances of the Khorassan province (15% of Iranian land mass) at the age of 8 (Eight).
Against this background, one of the first acts of Reza Pahlavi, the hungry army Soldier who saw no option but to wrap up the Qajar's crooked show was women's emancipation. He started with the women in his own family and then immediately extended this right to every other Iranian woman. He also began the process of changing the country's laws allowing women to have a greater say in the society. This process was continued by his son who also secured voting rights for Iranian women and actively encouraged their education. All of this progress simply came to a halt and was then dramatically reversed after the 1979 revolution.

Without a doubt mistakes were made during the Pahlavi era and one of their greatest was the unequal opportunity that the Shah in particular gave to the rotten leftovers of the Qajar dynasty (the by now middle aged courtesy children). Resentful about their loss of status, as incompetent and manipulative as their forefathers and traitorous to the bone, the likes of Mohamad Mossadegh, Ali Amini and Amir Abbas Hoveida lost no time in subverting the otherwise progressive Pahlavi dynasty by generating and in many instances stage-managing shows of popular dissents which eventually cleared the path for the mullah's hijacking of Iran in 1979. This is indeed the one big criticism that I have of this book, it does not really deal with the role of the Qajar dynasty in our current predicament.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 A memoir overdue! 10 mars 2004
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Wonderful timing wonderfull book and wonderful words to set the record right.
The memoir of Farah (Diba) Pahlavi, widow of the Shah of Iran, has been overdue.
The bookstores were thirsty of completing their shelves by this book; the bookstore near my office ran out the first day.
Both queen and Shah were dear to the heart of millions in Iran, the communism and fundamentalism joint-venture never liked orderly fashion of living. They are influenced by their disorderly system of mentality. Their joint-venture with help of foreign press and oil sisters destroyed a country that was close to be called Japan of Persian Gulf.

What Pahlavi dynasty delivered to Iran is not parallels to Saddam or any ruler around the world. True Pahlavi's story, needed time to emerge and Farah Pahlavi patiently provided such time. The Barbara Walter, of ABC's 20/20 interview with Farah Pahlavi (Shahbano) is the compliment of this book, sat the record right.
When the real differences emerged, today's world demonstrated is sorrow by establishment of Islamic Regime in Iran, their end result is Taliban. The book brings out the truth, one of the reasons for us reading negative posting in this site. Controversial subject always creates negative and positive critic, which is healty.
This is a wonderful book that made me proud and said out loud whatever million Iranians waited to let out, this touching and inspirational words are here for the world to read. She wrote with a contagious affection for her Iran, her love and the culture that nourished the world.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Rekindling Hopes For True Lovers of Iran 14 mars 2004
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A wonderful book by a graceful, compassionate and intelligent lady! All persons who possess true love for Persian culture and heritage will treasure this book. This book helps rekindle hopes that were cruelly dashed in the past 25 years. Hopes that Iran shall become a focal center of divine splendours and her darksome soil will become luminous and her land will shine. Hopes that although now destitute and despondent, Iran will obtain abundant grace, achieve distinction and find abiding honour. Hopes that will be inevitably realized.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 A Touching and Important Autobiography 11 mars 2004
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A revealing personal account of an important public figure of our time. This book provides an intimate look inside the world of pre-revolutionary Iran, as well as an emotional and poignant narrative of the post-revolutionary life of the Iranian royal family. For Iran scholars and enthusiasts, as well as for aficionados of biographies, this is a must-read. It provides personal details about the life of the royal family (including their experience of the revolution, relationships with various world leaders pre- and post-revolution, the Shah's illness, as well as the politics behind its mismanagement) which many people are unaware of.
It is also a touching autobiography of a public figure who has maintained incredible grace and dignity despite very difficult circumstances.
Many books have been written about people's experiences of the Iranian revolution, by members of the Shah's regime as well as by its opponents. How can you miss reading this one?
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