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- DescriptionAmir Abbas Hoveyda was a central figure in the historic struggle between modernity and tradition in Iran -- a struggle pitting Western cosmopolitanism against Persian isolationism, secularism against religious fundamentalism, and ultimately civil society and democracy against authoritarianism. Born in Tehran in 1919 to a family of solid middle class comforts and faded aristocratic roots, Hoveyda was an elegant, cultivated, well-read, and witty man, educated in Beirut, London, and Brussels. After entering the Iranian foreign service in 1942, he served in France, Germany, and Turkey, then returned to Iran in 1956 to join the National Iranian Oil Company. In 1965, the shah appointed him the country's prime minister. Hoveyda would serve faithfully in that post for thirteen years. Amir Abbas Hoveyda embodied the aspirations, the accomplishments and also the failures of a whole generation of Iranian techcrats -- mostly Western-trained -- who sought to free Iran from the travails of poverty and repression and guide it into the modern age. Hoveyda would be both a leader and a victim of that effort. In telling the story of Hoveyda's life, the author has t only laid bare the development of Iranian society during a pivotal period (1919-1978) but has also unearthed important new material on U.S.-Iranian relations. From 1957 onward, Amir Abbas Hoveyda played critical roles in dealing with U.S. foreign policy and fundamentalist Islamic opposition in Iran. Through careful use of hitherto unexamined archival materials, unpublished letter, and personal journals, along with extensive interviews with over a hundred relatives, friends, and foes, the author has brilliantly caught the pathos and passion of Hoveyda's life and times. This is biography at its most powerful and will reward the scholar and the general reader alike.
- Author BiographyAbbas Milani is currently a visiting professor of political science at Stanford University and a research fellow at Stanford Universitys Hoover Institution. he has been Chair of the Department of History and Political Science at Notre Dame de Namur University since 1987. He has written and published extensively on Irans encounter with modernity.
- Author(s)Abbas Milani
- PublisherMage Publishers
- Date of Publication27/07/2009
- SubjectBiography: Historical, Political & Military
- Place of PublicationWashington
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintMage Publishers
- Content Noteb/w photos
- Weight626 g
- Width230 mm
- Height155 mm
- Spine22 mm
- Format DetailsTrade paperback (US)
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