Andrew Scott Cooper – On the Shah of Iran

The Fall of Heaven is an important book about a subject that is vital to America: Iran. On the world stage there is probably no more dangerous enemy -- or potential friend. To understand Iran it is important to understand how we got to where we are today. Why is Iran our enemy? To understand this question, we need to go back to the days of the Shah of Iran -- to the rise of the Pahlavi dynasty and to its fall in 1979. 

Andrew Scott Cooper has written an intimate portrait of the life of the last Shah of Iran, Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, who was forced into exile in 1979. The loss of his steady hand on the future of Iran and the country that he envisioned for his people changed the course of Middle East history. 

His first book, The Oil Kings, is the result of meticulous research and an important book for anyone who wants to understand the Middle East.

The Fall of Heaven, The Pahlavis and the Final Days of Imperial Iran is even more important to understanding the country that many think is a greater danger to the United States than Russia or China or even North Korea. How did it happen? Under the Shah of Iran, Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, the relationship was so different. The Shah was pro-Western, a friend of Israel and eager to see his country modernize. In The Fall of Heaven Andrew Cooper tells a gripping story of the last days of the Pahlavi Dynasty. It is a mark of a great historian that Andrew Scott Cooper was able to get the cooperation of Empress Farah Diba for this book.  Her stories create a vivid and moving glimpse into the life inside the palace of one of the wealthiest legendary rulers in history. It is a touching story about love and a closely-knit family that had to face with dignity the loss of their country. 

The story of how Andrew decided to become a writer and an historian is an inspiration to everyone. Many people have boring jobs, but few decide to chuck it all and do what they want to do. In this case, Andrew wanted to write a book about an important time in history. Andrew Scott Cooper is an example for all writers. If you have a passion for a subject, if you feel that there is a book that you want to write, then you just need to have the courage and determination to do it. I'm sure he never thought that one day he would be sitting having tea with an Empress. That's the wonderful thing about being a writer -- it can take you to places and introduce you to people that you only dreamed about... 

Anything is possible when you find the joy on paper.

Andrew will be returning to Joy on Paper in May when the paperback version of The Fall of Heaven is released. We will also get to hear more about his how he does his research and get a glimpse into the story behind the author.

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