Magazine April 5, 2021, Issue

The Shah’s Undoing

Ayatollah Khomeini speaks in Tehran, Iran, in February 1979. (Reuters)
The Last Shah: America, Iran, and the Fall of the Pahlavi Dynasty, by Ray Takeyh (Yale University Press, 336 pp., $32.50)

The Iran of Mohammad Reza, the last shah, was traditionally authoritarian. The shah was in a strong position. The army was loyal. SAVAK, the secret police that he had recruited, dealt with security issues in its own unlawful way. The opposition of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini was a one-man performance that seemingly had no chance of success. An elderly Shiite Muslim cleric wearing robes and a turban that complemented his grimly austere features, he nonetheless imposed on Iran a constitution designed to serve God’s purposes as he saw them. Universal peace would follow when everyone accepted these purposes. There was now

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