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Gr 9 Up
These 23 essays represent differing points of view on whether Iran is a threat to global security, the state of human rights there, how the United States should respond to the country and its future. The treatment of this last topic is especially interesting as nearly all the selections are by Iranian journalists and political figures (including Reza Pahlavi, the son of the former shah) and represent a wide range of opinions. Other selections come from Amnesty International, Nobel Peace Prize winner Shirin Ebadi, and the Wall Street Journal , among others. Each entry is prefaced by several questions for consideration, and each chapter includes a periodical bibliography. The book concludes with questions for further discussion, as well as a bibliography and a list of organizations to contact. Some of the articles are less accessible to average students than others, and a number of the periodicals and books mentioned in the bibliographies might not be easily obtainable in school libraries. Overall, however, this would be a valuable source of current information for students researching argumentative essays or preparing for debates.
—Kathleen E. GruverCopyright 2006 Reed Business Information.