BashkuchThe World Academy of Arts, Literature, and Media (WAALM) supports, develops and promotes the dramatic and fine arts, creative writing and poetry, as well as professional journalism and media productions. WAALM regularly identifies and rewards excellence, inspires practitioners, and benefits the public, by means of awarding events.

The award for “Best History Book of 2008” (under WAALM’s category of Literature) granted to Kaveh Farrokh for his book “Shadows in the Desert: Ancient Persia at War” on October 31st, 2008 was the Diploma & Gold Medal of Excellence.

Other highly distinguished winners in the category of literature are:

  • Professors Vesta & John Curtis, OBE, Best Research (Ancient Iran); they have done much to advance the cause of Iranian Studies in archaeology, the British Museum and Academia.
  • Professor Richard Davis for his exemplary Translation of Shahnameh (The book of kings)
  • Mr. Eric Jerpe, nominated as Best Novelist of 2008 for his work in Fiction, “The return of Scheherazade”
  • Ms. Ren A. Hakim, nominated for Best Screenplay of 2008 for her work “Xerxes”
  • Dr. Patrick Hunt

For a full introduction to WAALM and the events please consult the BBC Persian report:

BBC News (November 5, 2008): Report of Farrokh receiving Best History Book Award of 2008

The book was cited twice in the Kayhan Newspaper of London in relation to its nomination as the Best History Book of 2008. See the report also in

Kayhan News of London (November 12, 2008, No. 1321): Report of Farrokh receiving Golden Lioness Award for History Book-کیهان لندن (۱۲ نوامبر، ۲۰۰۸، شماره ۱۳۲۱): گزارش از اهدای جایزه شیرطلایی به فرخ برای کتاب تاریخ –

The book was also nominated as being among the top three history books of 2008 by the Independent Book Publishers Association in the US. See the report in below:

Independent Book Publishers’ Association (Benjamin Franklin Award) nominated Farrokh text as among Top 3 Best History Books of 2008

This means that Farrokh’s book has been cited thrice internationally in 2008 by independent reviewers for excellence in historiography.