Hussein Ahdieh was born in Nayríz, Iran, a sixth generation Bahá’í. In his teens he moved to the U.S, where he earned a master’s in European intellectual history and a PhD in education. He was instrumental in establishing and administering the world-renowned Harlem Preparatory School in New York City; and served as Director of the Higher Educational Program at Fordham University. He is the author of numerous books including Abdu’l-Bahá in New York and AWAKENING: A History of the Babí and Bahá’í Faiths in Nayriz. His books have been translated into seven languages.Hillary Chapman is a fourth generation Bahá’í. He earned a bachelor’s in history and a master’s in education. He taught at the renown Chapin School in New York City. He served as the secretary of the Assembly of the Bahá’ís of the City of New York, and of Nashville, Tennessee for many years and as a long-time delegate to the Bahá’í National Convention of the United States. He currently works as a writer in Nashville and has had many songs and poems published.
In this remarkably human portrait of one of the twentieth century's most complicated personalities, Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, Andrew Scott Cooper traces the Shah's life from childhood through his ascension to the throne in 1941. He draws the turbulence of the post-war era during which the Shah survived assassination attempts and coup plots to build a modern, pro-Western state and launch Iran onto the world stage as one of the world's top five powers. Readers get the story of the Shah's political career alongside the story of his courtship and marriage to Farah Diba, who became a power in her own right, the beloved family they created, and an exclusive look at life inside the palace during the Iranian Revolution. Cooper's investigative account ultimately delivers the fall of the Pahlavi dynasty through the eyes of those who were there: leading Iranian revolutionaries; President Jimmy Carter and White House officials; US Ambassador William Sullivan and his staff in the American embassy in Tehran; American families caught up in the drama; even Empress Farah herself, and the rest of the Iranian Imperial family. Intimate and sweeping at once, The Fall of Heaven recreates in stunning detail the dramatic and final days of one of the world's most legendary ruling families, the unseating of which helped set the stage for the current state of the Middle East.
The Shah's was a life filled with contradiction—as a social reformer he built schools, increased equality for women, and greatly reduced the power of the Shia clergy. He made Iran a global power, courting Western leaders from Churchill to Carter, and nationalized his country's many natural resources. But he was deeply conflicted and insecure in his powerful role. Intolerant of political dissent, he was eventually overthrown by the very people whose loyalty he so desperately sought. This comprehensive and gripping account shows us how Iran went from politically moderate monarchy to totalitarian Islamic republic. Milani reveals the complex and sweeping road that would bring the U.S. and Iran to where they are today.