Abbas Milani

Author's books

The Shah


More than ten years in the making, The Shah tells the story of Mohammad Reza Shah Pahlevi, the controversial and conflicted leader whose ousting set the stage for the totalitarian Islamic Republic of Iran that we know today. In this account of the political intrigue and religious tension that led to the Islamic Revolution, Abbas Milani reveals how the Shah’s personal relationships, society’s expectations, and the ultimate betrayal of his allies led to his exile and death. With its rich details, vivid descriptions, and dialogue, this superbly executed biography offers readers a unique account of the Shah’s private life, sovereignty, and downfall.