The fall of the Shah was an epic. His downfall had about it something of a medieval morality play, even ancient tragedy. It might have qualified as Greek if the Shah had been a truly great man who fell from grace through a single flaw. But he was not a great man and his sins were many.

Robert Fisk, The Great War for Civilization: The Conquest of the Middle East

 

Fisk’s book has wonderful prose and has interesting insights based on his time as a journalist in the Middle East

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