The Persian Sphinx: Amir Abbas Hoveyda and the Riddle of the Iranian Revolution is a political historical biography of Amir Abbas Hoveyda by Iranian-American historian and author Abbas Milani. The book covers his early life, rise in politics and 12 year tenure as the longest serving prime minister of Iran from 1965 to 1977 during the reign of Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi until his trial and execution in the aftermath of the Iranian revolution in 1979.
The book is a product of Milani’s four-year extensive study. The title of the book makes an analogy between Hoveyda and the Sphinx which is a figure used in Persian art and sculpture. The Sphinx is “a mythical creature with the body of a lion, most often with a human head and sometimes with wings.”
The book provides a detailed biography of Hoveyda from his childhood in a middle-class family with aristocratic roots, his education at distinguished institutions in Beirut, London, and Brussels, his career, including his premiership (1965-1977), to his tragic end of death by execution in April 1979 following the 1979 revolution. In addition to Hoveyda’s life, the book covers the background social developments in Iran from 1918 to 1978 and the relations between Iran and the US at this period of time. Throughout the book, Milani also highlights Hoveyda’s impact and legacy on Iranian politics and history.
Milani has included nearly all information about Hoveyda through analysis of archival materials that had before not been examined including Hoveyda’s unpublished correspondences and diaries and also through interviews with more than a hundred of his family members, friends, and others with differing views. The last chapter of the book, which is about Hoveyda’s trial, is based on the tapes recorded during the process
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