Written by Ryszard Kapuściński
Translated from the Polish by William R. Brand & Katarzyna Mroczkowska-Brand
In Shah of Shahs Kapuściński brings a mythographer's perspective and a novelist's virtuosity to bear on the overthrow of the last Shah of Iran, one of the most infamous of the United States' client-dictators, who resolved to transform his country into "a second America in a generation," only to be toppled virtually overnight. From his vantage point at the break-up of the old regime, Kapuściński gives us a compelling history of conspiracy, repression, fanaticism, and revolution.
"Insightful and important. . . a readable, timely and valuable contribution to the understanding of the revolutionary forces at work in Iran. . . the reader almost become a participant."
The New York Times Book Review
"Like Sir Richard Burton, Evelyn Waugh and Mungo Park, [Kapuściński] makes literature out of journalism."
Over the years Ryszard Kapuściński was the laureate of many international literary prizes that brought recognition to his creative oeuvre. Most notibly in 2003 he was awarded one of Italy's most important literary prizes "The Premio Grinzane Cavour" in the international 'per la lettura' category (ie for the pleasure the reading of his books gives the reader). In 2006 he was awarded a special category of the "Ilaria Alpi Prize" for the entirety of his career (Premio Ilaria Alpi alla carriera), one of the best-known of Italian journalistic awards.
RYSZARD KAPUŚCIŃSKI, Poland's most celebrated foreign correspondent, was born in 1932. After graduating with a degree in history from Warsaw University, he was sent to India, Pakistan, and Afghanistan to report for the Polish news, which began his lifelong fascination with the Third World. During four decades reporting on Asia, Latin America, and Africa, he befriended Che Guevara, Salvador Allende, and Patrice Lumumba. He witnessed twenty-seven coups and revolutions and was sentenced to death four times. His books have been translated into nineteen languages. He died in 2007.
Publishing House: Vintage International, New York 1992
SoftCover book measuring 5.2" x 7.9"
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