Press Release: Shah of Shahs

Shah of Shahs

Ryszard Kapuscinski

Translated by William R. Brand and Katarzyna Mroczkowska-Brand
Introduced by Maziar Bahari

‘Insightful and important… A readable and valuable contribution to the understanding of the revolutionary forces at work in Iran… The reader almost becomes a participant.’
new york times

In 1979, the Shah of Iran’s tyrannical reign was brought to a bloody end, as revolution transferred power to Ayatollah Khomeini and the country became an Islamic Republic. Through the final weeks of violent transition, Polish journalist and author Ryszard Kapuscinski covered the story.

A veteran of revolutionary reporting, and with first-hand experience of life under a despotic regime, Kapuscinski was uniquely placed to unravel the complexities of Iranian politics for a Western readership. As the city emptied of tourists and correspondents, he was the only remaining guest in his Tehran hotel, he began to gather the information he needed to write Shah of Shahs.

The award-winning journalist and human rights activist Maziar Bahari has provided a new introduction for our edition, in which he describes Shah of Shahs as ‘a book about Iran, tyranny, revolution, memory and photography’. A thoroughly researched and fascinating overview of the turbulent modern history of the country, it is also an eloquent – and at times poetic – book that is based on the author’s personal interpretation of events.

This new edition of his renowned work is illustrated with twenty-two carefully researched photographs from the period, and includes a striking binding design by David Foldvari, an illustrator known for his politically charged artwork.

Product information
Three-quarter bound in blocked cloth with a paper front board printed and blocked with a design by David Foldvari. Set in Arno Pro. 152 pages. Frontispiece plus 12 pages of b&w photographs. Plain slipcase. 9˝ x 6¼˝ .

UK £36.95 US $59.95 Can $69.95 Aus $75.00



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