The Ayatollahs' Democracy by Hooman Majd
An Iranian Challenge

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Majd's mild reformist agenda requires him to fight on two fronts, and his book is as much an effort in damage control as it is a pro-green tract.
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"There are several peculiar features about writing any detailed account of the recent political events in Persia which make necessary some slight explanation. The first point is that Persian political affairs, fraught as they are with misfortune and misery for millions of innocent people, are conducted very much as a well-staged drama - I have heard some critics say, as an opéra bouffe." William Morgan Shuster, "The Strangling of Persia" , 1912

So Hooman Majd introduces his story of Iran, with its volatile politics, jostling leaders, global ambitions, and enormous implications for world peace. What does it mean for the world if "Green" represents not a revolution but a civil rights movement, pushing the country toward a particular brand of "Islamic democracy"? And how will Iran's diversity of political positions, so often sidelined in news reporting, ultimately resolve itself?

With witty, candid, and stylishly-intelligent reporting, Hooman Majd introduces top-level politicians and clerics alongside regular Iranians, including Jewish community leaders. A personal, candid tour of the political and social landscape in Iran, The Ayatollahs' Democracy is a powerful dispatch from a country at a historic turning point.

 

About Hooman Majd

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Hooman Majd was born in Tehran, Iran, in 1957, and educated in the West. He has written about Iran for GQ, The New York Times, The New Yorker, and the New York Observer, and was executive vice president at Island Records and head of film and music at Palm Pictures. A contributing editor at Interview magazine, he lives in New York City.
 
Published September 12, 2011 by W. W. Norton & Company. 289 pages
Genres: History, Political & Social Sciences, Education & Reference. Non-fiction
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Reviewed by Roland Elliott Brown on Jan 21 2012

Majd's mild reformist agenda requires him to fight on two fronts, and his book is as much an effort in damage control as it is a pro-green tract.

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