In the Lion’s Shadow is a book about Iran, its place in the Second World War and the actions of a little-acknowledged Iranian diplomat.
This fascinating book shines a light on, what is for me, an unknown subject. Iran, or Persia, as it was known hides in the tapestry of history giving glimpses of a gorgeous past rich with colour and culture. Most of us now know it more, sadly, for its intolerance, Revolution and mullahs rather than its extraordinary history, poetry, artistry and its cultural tolerance.
Taking a character, about which little is known, and explaining his part in saving his contemporaries can be fraught with problems. Fariborz Mokhtari avoids much of this by providing us with an history lesson and context.