le 25 décembre 2013
This book is a gem for those wishing to understand the complexities of modern Iran.
A great overview of Persian history that, far from concealing itself in the recite of battles and dynasties, focus on the origin and evolution of essential ideas (shi'ism, exploitation of the Cyrus empire, etc.)
For those wiling to get a more comprehensive and detailed understanding of post revolutionary Iran I strongly recommend the reading of the book the author has on that specific subject.
Both Axworthy's books are very well written and thus are enjoyable and valuable companions for anybody interested on Iranian studies.