Book Review / September 28, 2021
Book Review - America and Iran

America and Iran

A History 1720 to the Present
By: John Ghazvinian

Book Review

This is an important book in my opinion. American's memory is short and their perspective is one of self-interest. I don't blame America for this. It is normal.

But normal isn't always good or best. Sometimes it is tragic.

John Ghazvinian takes us back to the colonial days of the U.S. and begins to trace our history with Iran from that point forward. He writes as a historian who is both an Iranian and an American which makes him uniquely situated to outline the tragic but normal behavior of the United States toward Iran. Those who are old enough to have watched the media coverage of Iran over the last 40 years will likely take great exception to the charge that the U.S. has not treated Iran properly, and likely many will say that Iran has deserved what it has gotten. And, I understand this perspective. But it is still tragic. There is a lot more to the story. I think many would have a more moderate stance if they knew more.

Ghazvinian's hope (and I share this hope) is that if more people would engage the facts of history, this tragedy could be averted. He doesn't just charge America with guilt. He is not an America basher. He writes as an historian who helps his readers examine the fabric of the situation which occasional editorial phrases/descriptors. He not only reveals the regrettable actions of the U.S. but also those of Iran. He does not give Iran a free pass. And, he does a great job exposing the pressure points of both nations.

Ghazvinian does lead the reader to the conclusion without expressly stating it (If I'm remembering correctly) that America perhaps has the greater blame and greater responsibility. Perhaps that is not his intention, but that is how I take it. And, I don't resent it. I agree with him. I'm curious to hear from other truly informed people who disagree with him.

Book Review / Sep 28
Book Review - America and Iran

America and Iran

A History 1720 to the Present
By: John Ghazvinian

Book Review

This is an important book in my opinion. American's memory is short and their perspective is one of self-interest. I don't blame America for this. It is normal.

But normal isn't always good or best. Sometimes it is tragic.

John Ghazvinian takes us back to the colonial days of the U.S. and begins to trace our history with Iran from that point forward. He writes as a historian who is both an Iranian and an American which makes him uniquely situated to outline the tragic but normal behavior of the United States toward Iran. Those who are old enough to have watched the media coverage of Iran over the last 40 years will likely take great exception to the charge that the U.S. has not treated Iran properly, and likely many will say that Iran has deserved what it has gotten. And, I understand this perspective. But it is still tragic. There is a lot more to the story. I think many would have a more moderate stance if they knew more.

Ghazvinian's hope (and I share this hope) is that if more people would engage the facts of history, this tragedy could be averted. He doesn't just charge America with guilt. He is not an America basher. He writes as an historian who helps his readers examine the fabric of the situation which occasional editorial phrases/descriptors. He not only reveals the regrettable actions of the U.S. but also those of Iran. He does not give Iran a free pass. And, he does a great job exposing the pressure points of both nations.

Ghazvinian does lead the reader to the conclusion without expressly stating it (If I'm remembering correctly) that America perhaps has the greater blame and greater responsibility. Perhaps that is not his intention, but that is how I take it. And, I don't resent it. I agree with him. I'm curious to hear from other truly informed people who disagree with him.

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