A little book published recently, John Farndon’s Iran: Everything You Need to Know is an excellent and corrective primer on the culture and politics of this fascinating and complex country. Farndon provides capsule histories of the US-engineered coup that overthrew the mildly reformist Prime Minister Mossadeq in 1953, the events that led to the Revolution in 1979, the return from exile of Ayatollah Khomeini and the resulting rule of the mullahs. This book does not pretend to be anything other than a quick scamper across the territory, but Farndon provides a valuable overview of the US/Iran relationship of mutual antipathy that has seen Iranians categorize America as the ‘Great Satan’, while Bush has included Iran in his fatuous ‘Axis of Evil’.
A War Too Far
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