America and Iran: A History, 1720 to the Present

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Jan 26, 2021 - History - 688 pages
A NEW YORK TIMES NOTABLE BOOK OF THE YEAR • A hugely ambitious, “delightfully readable, genuinely informative” portrait (The New York Times) of the two-centuries-long entwined histories of Iran and America—two powers who were once allies and now adversariesby an admired historian and former journalist.

In this rich, fascinating history, John Ghazvinian traces the complex story of the relations between these two nations back to the Persian Empire of the eighteenth century—the subject of great admiration by Thomas Jefferson and John Quincy Adams—and an America seen by Iranians as an ideal to emulate for their own government.

Drawing on years of archival research both in the United States and Iran—including access to Iranian government archives rarely available to Western scholars—the Iranian-born, Oxford-educated historian leads us through the four seasons of U.S.–Iran relations: the spring of mutual fascination; the summer of early interactions; the autumn of close strategic ties; and the long, dark winter of mutual hatred. Ghazvinian makes clear where, how, and when it all went wrong. America and Iran shows why two countries that once had such heartfelt admiration for each other became such committed enemies—and why it didn’t have to turn out this way.
 

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America and Iran: A History, 1720 to the Present

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The hostility between the U.S. and Iran is a tragic lapse from a once-friendly relationship, according to this sweeping study. Historian Ghazvinian (coeditor, American and Muslim Worlds Before 1900 ... Read full review

Contents

East of Eden
3
Tashrifat
21
The Amateurs
38
The Professionals
51
The Man from Manila
66
War and Peace
80
The Sordid Side
97
The WarriorKing
105
This Turbulent Priest
234
The Final Emperor
247
The Unthinkable
266
Dulce et Decorum Est
347
Goodwill Hunting
379
The First HopeyChangey Moment
401
That September Day
417
The Moral Cold War
436

Hello Johnny
128
Tehran Spring
141
The Liberty Bell and the Wool Pajamas
167
Yes and Yes Sir
209
You Say You Want a Revolution?
218
Atoms for Peace?
451
Designed to Fail
477
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
547
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JOHN GHAZVINIAN was born in Iran and raised in London and Los Angeles. He has a doctorate in history from Oxford University and was the recipient of a "Public Scholar" fellowship from the National Endowment for the Humanities in 2016-2017, as well as a fellowship from the Carnegie Corporation's special initiative on Islam in 2009-2010. Ghazvinian's writing has appeared in Newsweek, The Sunday Times, New Statesman, Slate, and The Nation. He directs the Middle East Center at the University of Pennsylvania and lives in Philadelphia.

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