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Tales of Two Cities: A Persian Memoir [Paperback]

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Raised in Iran, Abbas Milani was sent to be educated in California in the 1960s. He became politically active and in 1974 received a PhD in Political Science. He returned to Tehran and taught at the National University but was imprisoned by the Pahlavi regime in 1977. After the revolution he became a professor at Tehran University, but by 1986 his utopian illusions had been shattered and he emigrated to the United States. Dr. Milani is the Hamid and Christina Moghadam Director of Iranian studies at Stanford University and co-director of the Iran Democracy Project at the Hoover Institution. Abbas Milani is also the author of the bestselling The Persian Sphinx: Amir Abbas Hoveyda and the Riddle of the Iranian Revolution, as well as the prize-winning Lost Wisdom: Rethinking Modernity in Iran.

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Pages   264
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.75" Width: 5.5" Height: 8.25"
Weight:   0.75 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jun 1, 2006
Publisher   Mage Publishers
ISBN  1933823046  
ISBN13  9781933823041  

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Abbas Milani, Chair of the Department of History and Political Science at Notre Dame de Namur University since 1987, is currently a visiting professor of political science and a research fellow at Stanford University's Hoover Institution. He has written and published extensively on Iran's encounter with modernity. His books include The Persian Sphinx, Tales of Two Cities: A Persian Memoir, and a translation of King of the Benighted, a novella by Houshang Golshiri.

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Tales of Two Cities: A Persian Memoir.  Aug 1, 2001
Milani, professor of social sciences at a small college in California, recounts an Iranian version of a classic twentieth-century tale. Growing up in privileged circumstances, he felt discontented with his environment, discovered Marxism-Leninism (as well as much else) in the course of an education in the West, returned home to make revolution, and soon found himself in the right-wing regime's jail. Then, when revolution did come, it brought an order even worse than the right-wing one, so he left the country and settled in the West. Despite the title, the memoir deals mostly with one city (Tehran) and little with the other (San Francisco).

In addition to its candor and appealing presentation, Milani's memoir contains a number of interesting points. His early recollections reveal a dislike for Islam whose expression is most unusual in the post-Rushdie era. "My childhood was contaminated with religion. . . . Religion was synonymous with mourning and fear . . . [and] with incomprehensible rituals, occasionally violent, often filled with the pungent odor of body sweat." Beyond religion, his unhappiness followed from an adult attitude that "Children were necessary nuisances." Khomeini's unexpected success caused Milani to acknowledge his own ignorance about Iran and prompted him to do some serious rethinking. Also of note is the improvement in the shah's jails that followed from Jimmy Carter's efforts: "While I do not know how history will judge his presidency, I know that because of his human rights policy, I, and many like me, were spared much suffering."

Middle East Quarterly, June 1997

A moving account  May 9, 2000
I had the good fortune of having Abbas Milani as my professor a few years back at Golden Gate University in San Francisco. He is an inspiring teacher, and a person that represents the ideal western morden man(add woman for PCness). The book details his life and struggle with the authorities in Iran, and how difficult it is for someone with a quest for truth and the desire to think for themselves to exist in Iran at the time. I love this book. When I read it, it is like being at Professor Milani's wonderful lectures again.
An Excellent Place To Start  Apr 30, 1999
This book is an excellent introduction for Westerners to the enigma that is Iran. Culture, history and politics are all blended in this exceptional memoir.
One man's struggle  Nov 1, 1998
Tales of Two Cities is a great book. It gives readers a first hand experience of the good and bad of both regimes (monarchy/democracy). This book demonstrated the horror many Iranian have gone through both before and after the revolution. This book also let's you experience first hand the Persian/Iranian culture. Read this book and learn about one man's struggle!

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