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Iran: Between Two Revolutions
Iran: Between Two Revolutions
By Ervand Abrahamian
Princeton University Press, 1982, 561 pp.

The author started out to make a study of the Tudeh party but then expanded it into a many-sided history of Iran from 1905 to 1979. In many ways it is an impressive achievement, drawing on previously untapped Iranian sources and material from the British and American archives. The political and social portrait of the Tudeh is still the heart of the book, although unfortunately the author does not probe the Soviet connection. The coverage of the period since 1953, while sketchy compared to that of the reign of Reza Shah, has useful analyses of the elements whose combined opposition brought about the fall of the dynasty.