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Islamic Revolution 101: Ambitious Iranian theocrats seizing power still widely misunderstood

Dec 30, 2020 - The Washington Times

In early 1979, I was sent to Iran to report on the rebellion then underway. I was woefully ignorant of Iranian history, politics and theology. But older, more experienced colleagues in the journalistic, diplomatic and intelligence communities also misunderstood would become known as the Islamic Revolution.

So, it was with both curiosity and pleasure that I’ve been reading “The Last Shah: America, Iran and the Fall of the Pahlavi Dynasty,” an enlightening new history by Ray Takeyh, th...