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Inside the Iranian Revolution

Inside the Iranian Revolution
By John D. Stempel
336 pp, Indiana University Press, 1981

One of the best studies on Iran in the final years of the Shah, written by an observer who, if not "inside" the revolution, was a political officer inside the U.S. Embassy in Tehran from 1975 to 1979 (he was reassigned to Washington before the takeover). While conceding that at that time "America did not realize what was happening in Iran," he has reconstructed after the fact what did happen. He tells us less about what went on in Washington but gives a measured critique of the combination of action and inaction, perception and misconception, which took the place of a consistent and realistic policy.