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44 Days: Iran and the Remaking of the World

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At a time when most Westerners fled the carnage in Iran, David Burnett was one of the few to stay and document the breathtakingly sudden fall of Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi in December 1978, and the chaotic political maneuvering that would culminate in the triumph of the Ayatollahs and the birth of the Islamic Republic.

44 Days re-creates a coup that led to our long hostage crisis, President Jimmy Carter’s political demise, and an enmity still blazing after thirty years. ...

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Overview

At a time when most Westerners fled the carnage in Iran, David Burnett was one of the few to stay and document the breathtakingly sudden fall of Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi in December 1978, and the chaotic political maneuvering that would culminate in the triumph of the Ayatollahs and the birth of the Islamic Republic.

44 Days re-creates a coup that led to our long hostage crisis, President Jimmy Carter’s political demise, and an enmity still blazing after thirty years. Burnett’s vivid images of the dizzying events and emotions of that turbulent time illustrate his narrative of the monarchy’s destruction, the last-ditch efforts to salvage a secular government, and the establishment of a hard-line regime dominated by religious leaders and the rule of Islamic law. Accompanying Burnett’s account is a penetrating foreword by commentator Christiane Amanpour, herself Iranian-born, as well as an essay by celebrated New York Times reporter John Kifner, who shares his own experience of revolution in Iran and reflects upon its decades-long aftermath.

Filled with powerful insights into the revolution and its pertinence today, this book is for history and current affairs buffs, photography lovers, and everyone interested in the clash of Islamic fundamentalism and the West.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781426205132
  • Publisher: National Geographic Society
  • Publication date: 9/29/2009
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 9.40 (w) x 10.60 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

David Burnett has worked in over 75 countries and won many major awards for his photojournalism. A veteran journalist of the political scene in Washington, he has photographed every American president from John F. Kennedy to Barack Obama.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 22, 2009

    I Also Recommend:

    Great Book - Amazing Images - A look inside a closed moment in time

    Fantastic imagery by David Burnett in this, his second book. Soul Rebel, his portrait of Bob Marley was also very good, but this shows a deeper investigation into a powerful story that changed the world.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 22, 2009

    Amazing documentary project by a photographic tour de force

    This is Burnett's seminal photographic work covering the Iranian Revolution --- as topical today (for obvious reasons) as it was 1979...simply incredible work and insights into covering a story that was always evolving...
    A must-read and a must-collect for photoJournalism devotees ....

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