All the Shah's Men
As the wife of an American businessman, author Gail Rose Thompson spent the better part of the 70s in Iran where she witnessed the boom of the Shah’s development and his great vision for Iran to be recognized and respected internationally. After an invitation to work for the Imperial Court as a horse trainer, Thompson was able to see many of the royal family’s informal moments. She was also introduced to Iran’s high society where she was given the rare opportunity to witness the leisure activities of Iran’s upper class. Generals and Court Officials spent their time junketing and enjoying various sporting activities where they certainly indulged themselves to the fullest with luxury living in both Tehran and at coastal resorts.
All the Shah’s Men is a book penned by Thompson that is filled with stories and anecdotes about her life during the “Golden Years” of the reign of Mohamed Reza Shahanshah Aryamehr of Iran. It is a journey that embraces moments of joy, fun, stress, accomplishments, and sadness during her time in the ancient and beautiful country.
“Much has been said of the failure of the American officials to see what was coming in Iran soon enough to begin corrective action. However, I don’t think much could have been done to stop the Revolution. Iran now, with its youthful population – that had no part in the Islamic movement – is begging to become an accepted part of the International system.” – Gail Rose Thompson
“I would recommend this book to anyone. Very informative. Gail Rose Thompson is a very brave and talented woman to have taken on this job working for the Iranians. I couldn't put this book down once I started it!”
– Amazon Customer Review
“This a good rendition of life as an outsider living in Iran at the time. I thoroughly enjoyed this look into Iran during the Shah’s heyday. A good read.”
- Amazon Customer Review
“I loved this book. It gave me a real good insight on how hard it was for a women to break into a male dominate sport in Iran and change things around and improve the way to train jumping horses at His Majesty's Imperial Stables.”