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“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
I highly recommend this book to anyone wanting to understand Iran today.
Mr. Majd has written a very timely book to help us understand the paradoxes of current Iranian social and political existence.
More, the book suffers inexorably from long-winded sentences that test the reader's patience to the limit.
This is a very interesting description of cultural differences and perceptions.Published 25 days 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 1 month 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 3 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 8 months ago by Tenchi in DC
Mr. Majd is a clever and deft lobbyist, at his own admission, for the Islamic Republic of Iran. His opinions on Iran, human rights of political dissidents, the persecution of the... Read morePublished 10 months ago by pfanian
College book requirement. Interesting book. I majored in Political Science and this book is engaging and easy to read. If you like the topic, it helps a lotPublished 10 months ago by Idacosta
Information and insights on the government, politics and society of modern Iran, by an Iranian-American journalist with close ties to some elements in the leadership. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Anne Mills
The short stories by Hooman Majd provided me a look inside the borders of Iran. Always interesting, with entertaining humor; his view from both Western and Middle Eastern sides led... Read morePublished 13 months ago by Michael J. Bradham