Blood and Oil: Inside the Shah's Iran (Modern Library Series)

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Iran was the first country in the Middle East to develop an oil industry, and oil has been central to its tumultuous twentieth-century history. A finalist for the PEN/West Award, Blood and Oil tells the epic inside story of the battle for Iranian oil. A prominent member of one of Iran's most powerful aristocratic families -- so feared by Khomeini that the entire clan was blacklisted -- Prince Manucher Farmanfarmaian was raised in a harem at the heart of Iran's imperial court. With wit and provocative detail, he ...
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Overview

Iran was the first country in the Middle East to develop an oil industry, and oil has been central to its tumultuous twentieth-century history. A finalist for the PEN/West Award, Blood and Oil tells the epic inside story of the battle for Iranian oil. A prominent member of one of Iran's most powerful aristocratic families -- so feared by Khomeini that the entire clan was blacklisted -- Prince Manucher Farmanfarmaian was raised in a harem at the heart of Iran's imperial court. With wit and provocative detail, he describes the days when he served as the Shah's oil adviser and pioneered the partnership that resulted in OPEC. Beautifully written and epic in its scope, this scintillating memoir provides a fascinating history of modern Iran.
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Anatol Lieven
Distinguished by its political acumen, historical sense, and vividness of description and anecdote. It is also notable for a wry sense of humour... Amid the euphoria about the development of the oilfields of Central Asia and the Transcaucasus, [its] lesson should be kept in mind.
Fouad Ajami
A book of stunning beauty... One of the best accounts of the cultural and political life of modern Iran, it is exquisite and intimate, rendered with artistry and detail.
Fred Halliday
Told with energy, perception and great charm... For anyone who wants to... gain instight into the great cultural and political richness of Iran, past, present and future, this book is a marvelous introduction.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780375753084
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 2/1/1999
  • Series: Modern Library Series
  • Pages: 480
  • Product dimensions: 6.24 (w) x 9.08 (h) x 1.35 (d)

Table of Contents

Family Trees xi
Map xiv
Prologue xvii
Escape from the Ayatollah 3
Tales of the Early Years
Chapter I. Inside the Walls of the Harem 31
Chapter II. The Blood of the Qajars 44
Chapter III. On the Waves of War 68
Chapter IV. The Dangerous Game of Oil 85
Chapter V. Under the Hand of Reza Shah 104
Chapter VI. The Occupation 131
Chapter VII. Bears and Lions at the Door 160
Chapter VIII. A House Divided 184
Chapter IX. Rehearsal for a Breakup 203
Chapter X. Nationalization 234
Chapter XI. A Losing Battle 265
Tales of the Later Years
Chapter XII. The Eagle Lands 299
Chapter XIII. The New Desert Masters 326
Chapter XIV. A Palace Revolution 346
Chapter XV. The Emperor and the American Dream 377
Chapter XVI. In the King's Service 407
Chapter XVII. Revolution 436
Chapter XVIII. The Last Road to Freedom 468
Epilogue 477
Appendix British Foreign Office Internal Memo Reporting the Death of Prince Abdol Hossein Mirza Farman Farma 481
Notes 483
Acknowledgments 489
Index 491
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