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An excellent topical treatment of Iran's obscure politics and the violent nature of the movement represented by Khomeini and his adherents. The conflict with modernity will doom this movement to defeat, but not before it causes monumental chaos at home and abroad. Taheri's coverage makes this a fascinating trip through the bazaar of Iranian politics and holds out little hope for peaceful resolution of the internal conflicts of Shiia Islam. Well narrated also. Highly recommended.
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I was preparing a trip to Iran and I was looking for a book that explains and analyses the recent historical and current political situation in over there.
I bought this book, as recommended by several sources, only to be shocked and appalled by the blatant propaganda of the neocon values, ridiculous statements on the 'eternal beauty' of the war and the American repeated 'cowardliness' in not deciding to use sophisticated weapons and unlimited financial sources in finishing with the evil of Iran! I am not an American, neither a Muslim, have no religious preferences, and do believe in democracy, and do condemn the horrible regime of Ahmadinejad. But after hearing this book, I feel abused and assaulted by the simplistic war propaganda, no analysis whatsoever, no deeper insight, no insight of any kind, for that matter. The book is an insult for the common sense, and I truly regret my time and money. Narration by Dean Robertson very good, though.
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