Iran from Crown to Turbans

Non-Fiction - Historical
390 Pages
Reviewed on 06/27/2019
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Author Biography

I grew up in Ontario Canada and became involved in riding and training show hunters and jumpers as a teen ager. After graduating from Hamilton Teachers' College I taught primary education for several years as well as continuing with my interest in horses. I moved to Iran when my husband's business transferred him to that country in the early 1970's. I was hired by the Imperial Court of Shah Mohammed Reza Pahlavi to train his horses and the Iranian show jumping team. During my time in these "Golden Years" of the regime I was able to witness the country's development as the leading power in the Middle East. When I returned to Iran in the fall of 2017, I met up with old friends and spent time touring and learning about life in the Islamic Republic as it is now. I live in Ocala, Florida.

    Book Review

Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite

Iran from Crown to Turbans is a work of historical non-fiction penned by author Gail Rose Thompson which takes a deeper look at the fascinating history and culture of the country of Iran. Utilizing both historical research and the personal experience of living in the country, the author compares the most recent cultural, social and political developments of Iran as it moved from being under the control of the royal Shah Mohamad Reza Pahlavi into a full Islamic republic. Using experiences from her life working for the Shah and her recent revisit to the country, Thompson explores how the rich and winding history of the country led it to these powerful and seemingly sudden changes.

Having never visited Iran, I found this extensive and highly detailed work to be a rich depiction of the country’s history and heritage, which really helped me to imagine exactly what it would be like there. Author Gail Rose Thompson writes with passion and respect for the country that she called her home when she worked as a horse trainer. It’s clear that she writes with a passion to defend the country from those whose ignorance would lump it in with what they perceive to be a collection of Islamic countries largely the same as one another. What this book reveals is Iran’s fantastic Persian heritage, its beautiful culture, and lively people, depicted with real love and well-researched details. Overall, Iran from Crown to Turbans is a fascinating and educational piece of non-fiction that will open many people’s eyes to the wonders of this country.