This book tells about The Real Iran - not the Iran that most Americans think they know, but what the reality is. Sadly, these views are billions of miles apart.
I used this Lonely Planet book Lonely Planet Iran (Country Guide)as a guide for my 12-day trip through Iran in December 2009 and affirm that the information in it is very, very accurate. It demolishes the many myths that exist about these incredibly welcoming people.
The distinction is that there is a vast difference between the Iranian PEOPLE and their GOVERNMENT. Many, many PEOPLE hate their government, love Americans, are not anti-Jewish, do not want war or a nuclear bomb and live in a unexpectedly open and safe environment.
There seems to be absolutely no danger for tourists. Indeed, my wife and other women in our small group of nine walked around the street at nighttime alone and with no hesitation.
Iranians learn English in high school; consequently, many people are exceptionally fluent and all seem to love to talk with visitors, especially the few Americans who visit their country.
All this and more can be learned from reading this book. Even those not personally going to Iran, this book can educate us all to what Iran is really like. It suggests that were it not for Iran's theocratic government, that our two countries could easily be friends. That's really something to think about.
John V. R. Bull