le 2 août 2013
This is an extremely well written and well documented book about a very important issue of world politics. The carefully laid out analysis of the Iranian mind set, based on both the political goals and historical background help the reader to understand the issues relative to the relationship between Iran and the West, as well as Iranian influence in many other issues in the Middle East. As I read the book, the counter-revolution nin Egypt (the ousting of Morsi), as well as the apparent turning of events in the Syrian civil war in favor of Assad were underway - and the perspectives presented in this book help to better understand these events which could well reshape the middle East for generations. If you want to understand what is happening in Iran and the rest of the Islamic world, this book will help you.
Of course the detractors of the book are legion - as can only be expected for an essay which demonstrates that American foreign policy and communication concerning the middle east is mostly erroneous, biased, and probably deliberately deceptive.It is always difficult for anyone to accept the need to revise ones deep-seated belief systems.