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1 The World's Number-One Power 3
2 The Haven of Jihad 10
3 The Focus of the Universe 15
4 The Triple Oxymoron 19
5 Democracy as Enemy 40
6 Iran and Anti-Iran 54
7 Unwelcome Faith 68
8 A Strange Beast 76
9 The Feeble Ones 106
10 The Prophet and Women 125
11 The Eternal Conspirator 130
12 Esther and the King 146
13 The Great Satan 161
14 Five Days in August 171
15 A Universal Ideology 188
16 Sunrise Power against Sunset Power 197
17 Crazy Eddie and Martyr Hussein 204
18 West Stricken, Arab Stricken 215
19 State or Revolution 224
20 Six Centers of Power 240
21 Six Rival Centers of Power 253
22 Power Points in a No-Man's Land 262
23 The "Nail" of the Imam 276
24 We Can! 287
25 A Case of National Schizophrenia 298
26 Pre-emptive War or Pre-emptive Surrender? 307
27 Conditions for Regime Change 318
28 Repression and Resistance 331
29 The Ethnic Time Bomb 346
30 A Heaving Volcano 358
Afterword to the Paperback Edition 369
Posted April 29, 2009
I reluctantly started reading this book as I was fed up with Iran and its Government and its people who are not kicking this illigal government out of the country.
But the book caught me offguard and I could not put it down and read it through the night. It gave me a better understang of Iran and its people and how one can see the world through their eyes.
West should deal with east through a different road as the past system has not worked. American diplomats are required to read this book.
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Posted May 20, 2009
President Obama is visibly hoping that the Iranian nightmare that has haunted all US presidents since Jimmy Carter would just go away. This fascinating and at the same time scholarly book shows that it will not.
It is too eraly to tell whether or not we are destined for a war with the mulahs who rule in Iran.
But war or peace, we need to understand what is going on over there.
It is in that context that I can recommend this book by Amir Taheri, possibly the best-known Iranian journalist and author on the international scene.
This is a must-read for everyone in Washington, starting with President Obama and Secreetary of State Haillary Clinton.
Reading this book is both an education and a joy. I could not put it down as every page contains new and startling information. A true bridge to the Persian/Iranian culture. RB
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Posted November 27, 2009
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