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Current Reading: The Ayatollah Begs to Differ”

May 12, 2009
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I’m currently reading “The Ayatollah Begs to Differ” by Hooman Majd, which received favorable press when it was released last year.  Despite the cover flap’s pushy insistence that this book is “revealing” and gives “an insider’s access” to Iran, the author gives a much more nuanced portrait of Iran and the Iranians than is usually found in the newspapers.  Folks like the world’s most notorious Holocaust agnostic, President Ahmadinejad and former President Khatami come off more as human beings from a rich and complex (if somewhat strange) world rather than stock figures from Hollywood. 

Reading this book also gives a lot more context to the recent release of US/Iranian journalist Roxana Saberi, as it describes the murky world of intra-Iranian politics in sharper detail than in other places. 

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