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The History of Iran from Ancient Persia to the Ayatollahs [Kindle Edition]

Charles River Editors

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*Covers the prehistoric era to the controversy over Iran's nuclear program
*Includes maps and pictures of important people.
*Includes a Table of Contents.

In 2011, violence erupted across the Middle East in the form of revolts against authoritarian regimes. Across the region, from Egypt to Syria, thousands fought and died to push out despots, some successfully and others unsuccessfully. Yet despite this historic violence, much of the world’s foreign policy focus has been on Iran’s nuclear program, and the potential for war between Iran, Israel, and the West. Although Iran had peaceful nuclear programs with Western cooperation before the Islamic revolution, it’s widely believed that the regime, headed by Ayatollah Khomeini and now Ayatollah Khameini, began to work in earnest toward a nuclear program that could result in bombs around the late ‘90s. Still, it was (and remains) unclear the extent to which Iran’s nuclear program has progressed, with the potential date of Iran obtaining nuclear weapons constantly changing. As Graham Allison, a Harvard professor and leading security strategist, put it in November 2011, the Iranian nuclear program is a “Cuban missile crisis in slow motion.”

People may know what’s going on in Iran today, but the obsession over its nuclear program often overlooks the unique intricacies of the nation and its people, particularly the long, illustrious history of the Persian Empire. Iranians have long been proud of their history and culture, to the extent that foreign negotiators who do not entirely understand the history and culture have referred to a “Persian psyche”.

How did Iran get to where it is today, at the forefront of global affairs? The history of Iran and the theme of Persian conflict with the West stretches back thousands of years, and it is a unique history of empire, culture, art, pride, and religious nationalism. The History of Iran from Ancient Persia to the Ayatollahs comprehensively and descriptively covers this history, progressing through a timeline dating back to antiquity and examining all of the different religious, political, foreign, and military issues that affect Iran and are affected by Iran today. Along with maps showing how the modern state of Iran came to be formed, The History of Iran from Ancient Persia to the Ayatollahs will bring readers up to speed on one of the world’s crucial countries today.

Product Details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1180 KB
  • Print Length: 82 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007YX9XU4
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #414,921 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

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2.0 out of 5 stars A Convenient Timeline Aug. 15 2012
By David Hoffman - Published on
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The History of Iran from Ancient Persia to the Ayatollahs is not so much a history book as a timeline of events in Iranian history. There is little explanation of the historical events, just lists of dates. Kings and dynasties are introduced but to the reader unfamiliar with the history of the region, the foreign names seem to blend together with little to distinguish them.

The writing is not bad and this book is useful as a timeline, especially for the thirty years of the Islamic Republic. Still, most of the information in this book could easily be found online or in a decent encyclopedia, or even in Wikipedia for that matter. I was somewhat disappointed that there was not more to it and I don't really feel that it is worth the price I paid for it.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A good brief history April 18 2013
By BA - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition
This book offers a good brief history of Iran. It is an easy read; however, it does contain several minor errors.
It is not a scholarly reference, but a decent quick guide.
2 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Do not waste your Money, Even $0 is too Much for this one July 1 2012
By Casual Reader - Published on
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This has to be the worst history book that I have ever [tried] to read. They have regugitated fact after fact with nothing to make it readible or meaningful. Even if it were free it would be over priced.

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