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Iran on the Brink: Rising Workers and Threats of War Paperback – April 20, 2007

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This is a stunning, eye-opening book. ... It's a powerful resource and inspiring read. -- Peace News

About the Author

Andreas Malm is a reporter for Arbetaren, a major newspaper in Sweden. He is the author of two previous books.

Shora Esmailian is an Iranian journalist and activist living in Sweden. She is an editor at Arbetaren, Sweden's major progressive weekly newspaper.


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Pluto Press (April 20, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 074532603X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0745326030
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.7 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,582,680 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Pablo on May 15, 2010
Format: Paperback
This is a solid book, supported by local research and self contrasted with relevant authors on the field (Abrahamian, Afary, Maziar, Hiro, Parsa...)
The book is divided in two parts, the first one deals with the iranian common citizen and its fate through revolution and islamic regime up to 2.006, that's after Ahmadineyad's rise to presidency (and good insights on this event indeed).
The second part deals with the current international crisis with Iran, and clearly shows why the common iranian, although has very little to gain from his own regime, won't have any other choice but to support it. Sadly, that's the conclusion.
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Rolf Dobelli HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWER on February 8, 2008
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Andreas Malm and Shora Esmailian provide a thorough if leftist history of the fall of the Shah of Iran and the rise of the ayatollahs. Their political perspective weights this complex story as they delve into the political parties, conflicts, motives and factional disputes that brought the ayatollahs to power. Today, Iran has a very complicated political environment as Communist and U.S. ideologies confront radical Islam. The authors reach a few odd conclusions, fall into hackneyed rhetoric about the bourgeoisie, and present very tainted views of Israel, though, if you must quote Ahmadinejad to meet your book's purpose, it's hard to avoid rhetoric straight from the source's mouth. The authors know Iran and analyze its politics in depth. They provide background on the leftist labor parties, their interactions with Islamic radicals, and Iran's controversial nuclear and oil policies. getAbstract thinks that those who read this with an awareness of its filters will find a telling, alternative perspective on a dangerous problem.
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1 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jazz It Up Baby on July 29, 2008
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As Patrick Clawson stated in the Middle East Quarterly, the dramatic polarization of American politics has led leftist critics of the Bush administration to assume that Iran's Islamic Republic cannot be all that bad if President George W. Bush describes it as part of an "axis of evil." Feeding this attitude are suspicions that the crisis over Iran's nuclear program is a tawdry rehash of the dubious intelligence about weapons of mass destruction that helped instigate the Iraq war, or the belief that displaying any concern for the Iranian people plays into the hands of Bush administration warmongers. This narrative leaves little room for concern about what is happening to the people of Iran--even the left-wing Iranian workers' movements that should be natural objects of leftist sympathy.

As reporters for the Swedish left-wing weekly Arbetaren (The worker), Malm and Esmailian approach Iran from a position of traditional left-wing concern about workers, human rights, and despotism. They spent much of 2004 traveling around Iran, meeting with those facing the growing repression to which the reform movement was subjected as it was being shut down. Their focus is on ordinary Iranian workers, not on the Westernized intellectuals who usually win foreigners' attention. Malm and Esmailian provide graphic accounts of those workers' suffering under the cruel tyranny of the Islamic Republic and of the vicious repression to which they are subject.

Make no mistake: This book is situated firmly in the camp of the hard Left, which sees Israel's evil hand everywhere and cannot imagine Bush ever doing anything good. Malm and Esmailian's discussion of nuclear issues is a mélange of conspiracy theories, ill-informed speculation, and plain error.
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