The Iranians : Persia, Islam and the Soul of a Nation
The Iranians Persia Islam and the Soul of a Nation Author:Sandra Mackey, Scott Harrop The Iranians explores Iran in the context of its old and complex culture, for throughout its history Iran has struggled with two warring identities-one evolving from the values, social organization, and arts of ancient Persia, the other from Islam. By examining the relationship between these two identities, The Iranians explains how the revolut... more »ion of 1979 came about, why the Islamic Republic has failed, and how Iran today is on the brink of chaos. In this defining portrait of a troubled nation and the forces that shape it, Iranian history and religion become accessible to the nonspecialist. Combining impeccable scholarship with the human insight of firsthand observations, The Iranians provides vital understanding of this unique and pivotal nation.
Plume edition will contain a new epilogue by Sandra Mackey, reflecting on the results of the spring 1997 Iranian elections.
Hardcover edition received enormous press coverage and increased Mackey's already prominent visibility.
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A fine book on the history of Iran/Persia and its relationship with the worlds around it. Does a very good job of explaining why Iran and the leadership act the way they do. Should be mandatory for the denizens of Washington.
She is particularly good at showing why and how Iranians think the way they do.