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.
|Publisher:||St. Martin's Press|
|Product dimensions:||5.80(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.20(d)|
About the Author
William R. Polk established the Center for Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Chicago, was president of the Adlai Stevenson Institute of International Affairs, and helped to organize the "Table Ronde" meeting that laid the groundwork for the European Union. He was called back to the White House briefly during the 1967 Middle Eastern War to write a draft Peace Treaty and to act as advisor to U.S. National Security Advisor McGeorge Bundy.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
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