The Soul of Iran: A Nation's Struggle for Freedom (Google eBook)

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W. W. Norton & Company, Jul 12, 2010 - Political Science - 352 pages
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The truths about Iran; quite different truths from versions put forward by Washington, Tehran, and the media.

Iran thundered onto the world stage in 1979 with an Islamic revolution that shook the world. Today that revolution has gone astray, a popular democracy movement boldly challenges authority, and young Iranians are more interested in moving to America than in chanting "Death to America." Afshin Molavi, born in Iran and fluent in Persian, traveled widely across his homeland, exploring the legacy of the Iranian revolution and probing the soul of Iran, a land with nearly three millennia of often-glorious history. Like a master Persian carpet maker, Molavi weaves together threads of rich historical insight, political analysis, cultural observation, and the daily realities of life in the Islamic republic to produce a colorful, intricate, and mesmerizing narrative. Originally published in hardcover under the title Persian Pilgrimages, this paperback edition is revised, with a new introduction and epilogue.
  

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Review: The Soul of Iran: A Nation's Struggle for Freedom

User Review  - Arian Alana - Goodreads

This book is brilliantly written. The author manages to interweave stories from ancient Persia to Iran today and produce a beautiful intricate design. It is a mixture of travelogue, politics, history ... Read full review

Review: The Soul of Iran: A Nation's Struggle for Freedom

User Review  - Jonathan Lu - Goodreads

Fantastically enlightening story from the open-minded and highly intelligent perspective of this journalist returning to his ancestral homeland. Equal parts historical, cultural, spiritual, and loaded ... Read full review

Contents

I
3
II
43
III
87
Mohsen the Student and Hassan the War Veteran
119
V
159
VI
191
VIII
260
IX
283
Storming the Gates with the Software Engineers 283 g Children of
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X
309
The June 2005 Presidential Election
351
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About the author (2010)

Afshin Molavi has a Ph.D. from Johns Hopkins University, has reported on Iran for Reuters and the Washington Post, and contributes to many publications, including Foreign Affairs. He lives in Washington, DC.

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