The Sword of Persia: Nader Shah, from Tribal Warrior to Conquering Tyrant (Hardcover)
Nader Shah, ruler of Persia from 1736 to 1747, took eighteenth-century Iran from political collapse to become the dominant power in the region, recovering Herat and Kandahar, conquering Moghul Delhi, plundering the enormous treasures of India, repeatedly defeating Ottoman Turkey, and overrunning most of what is now Iraq. But suspicion and avarice led him to persecute the Persian people as savagely as any foreign conqueror had done. This book recreates the story of a remarkable, ruthless man, and includes much new research which will prove indispensable to historians and students.
About the Author
Michael Axworthy studied History at Peterhouse, Cambridge and was Head of the Iran Section, Foreign and Commonwealth Office from 1998 to 2000. He has been to Iran many times both as a visitor and as a diplomat. He now teaches Middle East History at Exeter University.
"The best biography of the year, Axworthy's 'The Sword of Persia' had rescued Nader Shah from obscurity and created not such a brilliant human portrait of tyranny, conquest, cruelty and insanity but also a superb introduction to Iran itself which makes this book not just a beautiful-written compelling work but one that is also utterly relevant today." --Simon Sebag Montefiore, author of Stalin: The Court of the Red Tsar "a superb, gripping study of tyranny, madness, and Iran." --Sunday Telegraph