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The Fall of a 20th Century King

Writer William Shawcross's new book profiles the Shah Mohammed Reza Pahlavi, who was overthrown during the Iranian revolution. Despite his despotic rule -- including the brutal deployment of the SAVAK secret police -- the Shah advanced some reforms in education and women's rights. He was an ally to the United States; who provided the Iranian state with money for weapons.


Other segments from the episode on October 20, 1988

Fresh Air with Terry Gross, October 20, 1988: Interview with William Shawcross; Review of Albert Goldman's book "The Lives of John Lennon" and the film "Imagine"; Interview with Noel Hynd; Review of…


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