Understanding Iran: Everything You Need to Know, From Persia to the Islamic Republic, From Cyrus to Ahmadinejad
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Understanding Iran: Everything You Need to Know, From Persia to the Islamic Republic, From Cyrus to Ahmadinejad

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by William R. Polk
     
 

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ISBN-10: 023010343X

ISBN-13: 9780230103436

Pub. Date: 01/04/2011

Publisher: St. Martin's Press

William R. Polk provides an informative, readable history of a country which is moving quickly toward becoming the dominant power and culture of the Middle East. A former member of the State Department's Policy Planning Council, Polk describes a country and a history misunderstood by many in the West. While Iranians chafe under the yolk of their current

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William R. Polk provides an informative, readable history of a country which is moving quickly toward becoming the dominant power and culture of the Middle East. A former member of the State Department's Policy Planning Council, Polk describes a country and a history misunderstood by many in the West. While Iranians chafe under the yolk of their current leaders, they also have bitter memories of generations of British, Russian and American espionage, invasion, and dominance. There are important lessons to be learned from the past, and Polk teases them out of a long and rich history and shows that it is not just now, but for decades to come that an understanding of Iran will be essential to American safety and well-being.

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ISBN-13:
9780230103436
Publisher:
St. Martin's Press
Publication date:
01/04/2011
Pages:
272
Sales rank:
736,733
Product dimensions:
5.51(w) x 8.06(h) x 0.78(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
• Foreword
• Becoming Iranian
• Being Iranian
• Shahs, Ulama and Western Powers
• From Political Revolution through Social Revolution to Violent Revolution
• The Revolutionary Regime
• The United States and Iran Today and Tomorrow

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Understanding Iran: Everything You Need to Know, from Persia to the Islamic Republic, from Cyrus to Ahmadinejad 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The author provides an extensive account of Iranian history while focusing on the most relevant points. As an Iranian-American I was apprehensive that the authors analysis would be repitition of either sides rhetoric. Insted the author provides a honest open minded analysis of Iranian-American relationships. I would reccomend this book to any one who wishes to learn more about Iranian geopolitics. This book is not suited for those wishing to learn about Persians culture and cannot completely prepare one for a visit to Iran