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Waking Up in Tehran

Love & War in Revolutionary Iran

By M. Lachlan White

A unique, firsthand account of the Iranian Revolution told by an American who first traveled there as a human rights investigator during the uprisings against the Shah, meeting writers and factory workers rising up against the Pahlavi dictatorship. She subsequently lived in the Islamic Republic during 1979-1982, including one year in prison. Waking Up in Tehran reveals the process whereby an unwanted theocracy was imposed on a secular country, and she exposes the methods used to deceive people into supporting the Ayatollah Khomeini, including the untold role of the CIA behind the Islamic regime.

Waking Up in Tehran also reveals the emergence of an enormous popular resistance against the Ayatollah's dictatorship, a resistance about which the world's media wrote very little. The author tells the true story behind the US Embassy seizure, and the sabotage of President Carter's re-election in 1980. During the first years of the Islamic Republic, she participated in pro-democracy protests, including a vast Kurdish rebellion that she joined alongside her Iranian husband. The author takes readers inside the occupied US Embassy, behind the barricades of Kurdistan, into the war zones, the mountain villages, urban cafes, working-class neighborhoods of South Tehran, and even into the notorious Ghasr and Jamshidieh Prisons where she and her husband were imprisoned for a year. The book provides the only on-site, inside account of the real purpose and powers behind the Islamic Republic; it is an untold history, and a unique journey into the rich cultures of Tehran and Kurdistan. Waking Up in Tehran is also a love story.

M. Lachlan White is a writer and antiwar activist who advocates for Iran's independence and the right of Iranians to self-determination. She has degrees from Brown University, the Sorbonne, and the University of Virginia School of Law. She has been on the faculty at University of Virginia Medical School, and Portland State University.

576 PAGES, 6 X 9
TRADE PAPER, $24.95 (US $24.95) (CA $29.99)
ISBN 9781937584665