Book Review / August 24, 2019
Book Review - Iran

Iran

A Modern History
By: Abbas Amanat

Book Reivew

It is hard to write a short review of a book that is nearly 1,000 pages. I was pleased with how Abbas Amanat explored the fabric of Iranian society. It wasn't simplistic, but it didn't feel excessive either. He covers religious, cultural, governmental, and the international placement of Iran.

Although I have not done enough reading on Iran to say much, It seems to me Amanat's portrayal of Iran is essentially insightful for us to understand the Iran we see today. Many people do not understand the historical complex relationship that Iran has had with the international community. To assess Iran without these understandings is simplistic and unhelpful although a natural path of least resistance for most people.

My advice to people who realize they need to learn more about Iran is to pick up this book and read through it's major highlights. Don't feel the need to get everything on the first read through. Or, find a shorter book with less detail but with overarching themes.

One more final note, this book covers from 1500AD to 2013AD.

Book Review / Aug 24
Book Review - Iran

Iran

A Modern History
By: Abbas Amanat

Book Reivew

It is hard to write a short review of a book that is nearly 1,000 pages. I was pleased with how Abbas Amanat explored the fabric of Iranian society. It wasn't simplistic, but it didn't feel excessive either. He covers religious, cultural, governmental, and the international placement of Iran.

Although I have not done enough reading on Iran to say much, It seems to me Amanat's portrayal of Iran is essentially insightful for us to understand the Iran we see today. Many people do not understand the historical complex relationship that Iran has had with the international community. To assess Iran without these understandings is simplistic and unhelpful although a natural path of least resistance for most people.

My advice to people who realize they need to learn more about Iran is to pick up this book and read through it's major highlights. Don't feel the need to get everything on the first read through. Or, find a shorter book with less detail but with overarching themes.

One more final note, this book covers from 1500AD to 2013AD.

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