“Perhaps the best book yet written on the contradictions of contemporary Iran.... It captures like no book in recent memory the ethos of the country, in elegant and precise prose.” —Los Angeles Times
“Illuminating.... Captivating.... A discerning guide to a complex country.” —Christian Science Monitor
“Essential reading for anyone wanting to understand the paradox that is Iran (as well as America) in the post-Bush world.” —GQ
“In this delightful book, Hooman Majd, a gifted storyteller, takes us on a tour of his own private Persia, which is also the Iran of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. The results are illuminating, humorous, sobering, and ultimately reassuring.”
—Jon Lee Anderson, author of The Fall of Baghdad
“Hooman Majd is a stylish and engaging guide through the by-ways of Iranian life. Leading us from seminary to opium den to the presidential compound, his wry sense of humor makes this book a pleasure to read.” —Gary Sick, Ph.D., senior research scholar at Columbia University and member of the National Security Council staff under presidents Ford, Carter, and Reagan
“A witty, timely perspective on the nation posing the greatest challenge to our next President. Travel writing often makes for easy reading at the expense of relevant information, which gets lost in the details. Not so with The Ayatollah Begs to Differ.”
—Bill White, mayor of Houston and U.S. secretary of energy under President Clinton
Great book! Very interesting topic and I love his first hand experiences and the way he weaves the story.Published 23 days ago by easwim
This gives the reader a different view than is portrayed in our daily news. Will help the reader understand the people and their motivations a bit better. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Frans Erickson
This is a very interesting description of cultural differences and perceptions.Published 9 months ago by Frank
This book allows readers the unique opportunity to learn about modern Iranian life through submersion into the culture that feels very personal and real. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Catherine Harris
I read this book with my husband who was born and raised in Iran. He agrees on most of the observations the author makes about Iranian culture.Published 12 months ago by Carolyn Ameli
Good book for my library.
Haven't finished reading it yet as it is kind of dry and requires special mood to get to read it.
This book didn't seem to shed too much new light on internal dynamics of Iran. But it did seem but dint of its organization and meandering style of story telling, demonstrate the... Read morePublished 17 months ago by Tenchi in DC