Monarchs and Masters

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The turmoil in Egypt is being compared with another public uprising against an unpopular U.S.-backed leader in the region—Abbas Milani looks at the life and rule of the Shah of Iran and how he shaped the modern Middle East. Then, Granta editor John Freeman and two writers from Spain discuss the current state of fiction writing in Spanish around the world. Also, learn about an unusual friendship between George Bernard Shaw and the 1920s world heavyweight boxing champion Gene Tunney. Plus, Backstory looks at the Egyptian Vice President's relationship with the CIA.