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The Iranians: Persia, Islam and the Soul of a Nation Paperback – April 1, 1998
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Other examples I can give is how Sandra Mackey in her footnote on pp(286) says 'Shapur Bakhtiar was assassinated in Paris by unknown assailants...'. At this point I had to shelf the book. Perhaps she should have visited Vakili-rad and Hendi in the French jails, before France let Hendi go back to Iran, half way through his sentence in return for a petti contract.
If I was to recommend the book, I would say read the first 200 pages or so, after that be careful of what information you are given.
I found fault in the second third of the book in just one area. The author has a difficulty or inability to say that Shah Mohammed Reza did any good at all! She begrudgingly acknowledges his liberal policies, though gives credit to the US government for them, and makes the last 2 decades of Pahlavi reign seem like the last 9 months, namely a regime with a dying icon and a crisis of leadership.
It all became clear reading the last third of the book. The author must have some personal relationship with the offices of Rafsanjani / Khatami, and is whistling their tune. The mood on the street at the time the book was written may have given the "farr" to the moderate Rafsanjani, but he has since been discredited for his secret murder campaigns. The mood at the time the after-word was written may have been in favor of the moderate Khatami, but that is changing also, after the cheating and duplicity (good cop, bad cop games) of all the leadership of the Islamic Republic has becomes apparent.
In promoting the Islamic Reformist camp, the author is obliged to write in a way that suggest the path taken in the Islamic revolution, being a reaction to Pahlavi rule and Western monkey business, was inevitable. This false premise leads one to think the current status-quo is inevitable and should be respected, and further assisted.
In any case it is a good book all in all.Read more ›
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wonderful and unbiased account of Persian history...I really enjoyed this book...read like a novel...never a dull momentPublished 8 months ago by Shervin T-Rad
Excellent reading for anyone who wishes to have a better understanding of Iran, its history, how it evolved into the nation it is today, and the battle between Shia and Sunni,. Read morePublished 15 months ago by FP
I went into the class for this book with little to no information about Iran and Mackey (author) wrote this book easy to read, however full of information and not brought down to a... Read morePublished on January 11, 2013 by Mom of many Sons
This book is filled with an immense amount of historical information in regards to Iran and the country's history. I find Iranian history fascinating on its own. Read morePublished on May 8, 2012 by John Wagner
I have read this book, recommended it and given it as a gift to many people. Ms Mackay does a wonderful job and gives a concise account of such a long and complicated history. Read morePublished on March 8, 2012 by Roxana
Mackay does well to summarise the Iranian psyche and history although somewhat lacking in depth. Highly recommended for those wanting an opener to the subject.Published on January 2, 2011 by Richard E. Baron
I really enjoyed this book. As an Iranian American who has lived in the US for most of my life, I really think she did a great job of explaining the dichotomy of the Iranian... Read morePublished on August 9, 2009 by Cyrus Emadi
A good review of the history of Iran, and an excellent review of its recent history. A sympathetic view of that country and its relations with America. I enjoyed it very much.Published on December 12, 2008 by Derek A. Younge
This book is about a very enigmatic subject called Iranian identity. Something even the Iranians themselves admit they too know little about. Read morePublished on June 29, 2008 by Herbert L Calhoun