Iran from Crown to Turbans
An inside perspective of the history and sociological character of a nation transitioning from a liberalizing monarchy to an autocratic theology. The glamour of the Shah's court. the bloodbath of the Iran Iraq War and life in contemporary Iran with details about beliefs, customs, and culture found in this book go far to eradicating the uninformed noise presented by the press about Iran.
When the author and her family moved to Iran in 1972, as an accomplished horsewoman she found herself working for the Imperial Court as the trainer of the Shah's horses. Through this position, she saw the inner workings of the Shah and his court. She provides a firsthand account of what life was like in Iran before the coming of the Mullahs.
She visited Iran in 2017 after an absence of forty years, as the first ex-employee of the Shah to return. She found Iranians still extremely proud of their heritage which dates to the fourth millennium B.C. when the Persian Empire was the most powerful kingdom in the ancient world. She explains how this beautiful, safe, and touristic country of hospitable and friendly people wants to become more accepted by the West.
This book is exciting, informative, and entertaining with each powerful chapter divided by theme and time period being a work in itself.
About Gail Rose Thompson (The Villages, Florida Author)
Gail Rose Thompson grew up in Ontario, Canada. She has been involved with horses all her life. She worked for Shah Mohamed Reza Pahlavi in Iran in the 1970s managing his stables and training his horses. She was also the director of Show Jumping for the country and trainer of the National Show Jumping Team. Her book All the Shah's Horses is a biography of her time in Iran working for the Imperial Court.
Her second book is about to go to the publisher in December. It is a book of stories about the way of life in Iran during the Golden Years of the Shah's reign, his fall from power, the revolution that followed, and life in Iran post-revolution. She has recently returned from a trip to Iran where she was able to join up with old friends from the 70s and see the Iran of the 21st century as an Islamic Republic.