Thursday, December 8, 2011

Post #106 - Resources

Some of you may wish to become better informed about the nation and the people of Iran.  Here are some of my recommendations:


A journalist's take on US-Iran relations
  • What Is Iran? A Primer on Culture, Politics and Religion, Laurie Blanton Pierce [overview -- highly recommended]
  • Negotiating with Iran:  Wrestling the Ghosts of History, John W. Limbert [latest from one of the most knowledgeable persons about Iran in the West]
  • A Thousand Sighs, A Thousand Revolts: Journeys in Kurdistan, Christiane Bird [society/politics]
  • Iran and America: Rekindling a Love Lost, Badi Badiozamani, PhD
  • [history, foreign policy]
  • Jasmine and Stars: Reading More then Lolita in Tehran, Fatemeh Keshavarz
  • [social commentary]
  • Neither East Nor West: One Woman’s Journey through the Islamic Republic of Iran, Christiane Bird [insightful travelogue]
  • Persian Mirrors: The Elusive Face of Iran, Elaine Sciolino
  • [contemporary society & politics]
  • The Iranians: Persia, Islam and the Soul of a Nation, Sandra Mackey
  • [history/culture]
  • Treacherous Alliance: The Secret Dealings of Israel, Iran and the U.S., Trita Parsi, PhD [history, geo-politics]
  • Recent book on the 1953 coup
  • Women of Deh Koh: Lives in an Iranian Village, Erika Friedl[ethnography]
  • The "Great Satan" vs. "The Mad Mullahs": How the United States and Iran Demonize Each Other, William Beeman [international affairs/psychology]

  • The Siege of Isfahan, Jean-Christophe Rufin [novel]
  • My Father's Notebook, Kader Abdollah [novel]
  • Seven Shades of Memory, Terence O'Donnell [short stories by one of my Peace Corps trainers]
  • The Blood of Flowers, Anita Amirrezvani [novel]
  • A Year with Rumi, Coleman Barks [poetry]

Websites (all English-language) of General Interest (Politics, Arts, Popular Culture) 
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