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Going to Tehran: Why the United States Must Come to Terms with the Islamic Republic of Iran

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An eye-opening argument for a new approach to Iran, from two of America's most informed and influential Middle East experts

Less than a decade after Washington endorsed a fraudulent case for invading Iraq, similarly misinformed and politically motivated claims are pushing America toward war with Iran. Today the stakes are even higher: such a war could break the back of Amer
ebook, 496 pages
Published January 8th 2013 by Metropolitan Books (first published December 20th 2011)
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May 19, 2013 Katie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: iran
Flynt and Hillary Mann Leverett lay out a comprehensive, compelling, well researched argument for their position, which is the consistent mismanagement of Iranian relations by the U.S. for the last twenty years, and it is absolutely worthwhile reading for people interested in international relations (first) and Iran (second). Because it is making a positional argument, it isn't a particularly good book for people who don't already have some grounding in Iranian history or politics. In order to g ...more
Oct 18, 2012 Jennifer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Looking at some of the other reviews, I gather that this book is not overly popular (I'm pretty intuitive). However, I think that those who gave it low ratings and negative reviews are swayed (perhaps not surprisingly) by their own personal experiences with Iran and by other stories they have heard about the Islamic Republic. Regardless of your level of agreement with the argument or with the premise of the book, the Leverett's documentation and research were superb. There are pages and pages of ...more
America has wanted to put an end to the government of Islamic Republic of Iran since it overthrew the Shah. Iran for the most part wants to enjoy the rights allowed to other nations. Going to Tehran shows Iran's efforts and history as a nation that strives for acceptance, demonstrates it is a sovereign state, and pursues its interests in a non-threatening way; It is the United States (practically by itself) that wishes to deny Iran its rightful position. This position seems to be at odds with wh ...more
Jan 18, 2013 Hooman rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Democracy is messy and sometimes spies and collaborators take an advantage of the loopholes available in the system. Mohsen Rezaei a former commander of IRGC has informed Ayatullah Khamenei (The Supreme Leader of Iran) to establish an Iranian Lobby as powerful as AIPAC (American Israel Public Affairs Committee) in United States in order to influence policy makers in Senate and the White house to penetrate the system and get some positive image of Islamic Republic out or change the aggressive law ...more
Mar 07, 2013 Brian rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In a time where U.S. and Israel are on the verge to attack Iran, this book is the best literal antidote to this impending folly war scheme to this date. Reading the book, you really understand how the
portrayal of Iran in western media and by western politicans are horrendusly flawed and how extremely misled - we, the people, really have become. The the demonization against Iran have made the
situation so tense that you almost cannot even raise the topic of Iran these days.
That is why this book a
The Leveretts knew they would get a lot of flak for writing this book, one which blatantly challenges established wisdom about Iran. They do debunk some of the myths which drive America's self-defeating Iran policy and articulate what is notable and unique about the IRI. Some parts of its public caricature in the West are inaccurate and damaging.

Having said that I felt like they went a bit overboard by including people such as Akbar Ganji, Hamid Dabashi and Trita Parsi in the 'soft regime-chang
Feb 06, 2017 Jewel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
so, this is definitely not the book to read if you are trying to learn about Iran but have little primer on your knowledge of the middle east. thus, this book took me quite a long time to finish as my knowledge on the middle east is limited. having stated this, I did learn quite a bit from this book but won't be able to tool this new knowledge as much as I could if I had read foundational texts first.

Going to Tehran is the essential finger-pointing book...the Leveretts know exactly who opposes
Jared D.
Jan 19, 2014 Jared D. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: middle-east
The Road to Tehran was a real eye-opening book that provides a lot of insight on the United States' failed policy in respect to Iran. The authors have ruffled quite a few feathers because the book essentially says that the last 40+ years of foreign policy with Iran has been misguided and counter-productive. The authors contend that the US has sought hegemony in the Middle East and is ignoring the powerful role that Iran could play in stabilizing the region. Iran has 15 neighboring countries and ...more
Nov 05, 2013 Amy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It was fascinating to be reading this at the exact time that relationships between the USA and Iran seem to be showing the smallest glimmer of hope. Some might find it strange to call this a page turner, but it was for me. Although it stayed unread literally for months (I was overly ambitious at the public library and it is on its last renewal). While watching the news with my dad last night, I was effectively able to counter some of the so-called arguments with documentation. Although I think n ...more
Having just read the book and gone through the footnoted references, how can one deny that the US never misses an opportunity to throw reconciliation aside? Our own national collective memory regarding Iran only goes back to 1979 - ignoring US actions in the 1953 coup of Iran's democratically elected leader. And even if we do acknowledge the coup we summarily dismiss it as a non-event, expecting Iranians to get over it. Nothing happens in a vacuum, there is always cause and effect and the '79 Re ...more
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الكتاب ممتاز للتعرف على سوء السياسة الأمريكية الخارجية بالأدلة والوقائع، وللمنبهرين بالادارة الأمريكية الذين يعتقدون بأنها لا تمشي الا على أساس دراسات وبحوث وآراء الخبراء، والواقع أن هذا القول أقرب الى الهراء منه الى الواقع، ولعل مطالعة كتاب أحمد راشد Pakistan on the Brink الى جانب هذا الكتاب يعطي رؤية واضحة عن الضعف الشديد للسياسة الأمريكية الخارجية وفسادها، وكل ما يحدث في المنطقة اليوم من فشل المشاريع الأمريكية في المنطقة والعالم ما هو الا نتيجة مدللة فاقعة الدلالة على ذلك.
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Oct 13, 2014 Hannah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My entire world would absolutely HATE this book (I'm from a decidedly pro-Israel American Jewish community with a large concentration of Iranian-American Jews thrown into the mix). Going to Tehran not only contradicts absolutely EVERYTHING ever taught and said about Iran (especially in the pro-Israel, American, Jewish, and Persian communities), it shows how it is demonstratively false - making it perhaps one of the most eye-opening books I have ever read. HIGHLY highly recommended - but only for ...more
Vanya Ztahelskij
Jun 16, 2013 Vanya Ztahelskij rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Though the conclusion that engagement with Iran will be beneficial to the US is a bad lens, this book I an essential read for understanding US foreign policy with the Islamic Republic. It is the only book of its kind, especially considering the political positions of the authors. The wests disgusting 5 year ok politics, history of brutality, and delusional white supremacist myths about the Middle East are laid bare. The book is also engaging and readable in a way few foreign policy books are. Hi ...more
Gary Turner
Nov 21, 2014 Gary Turner rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really, really appreciate the in-depth research put in to this book. Flynt and Hillary Leverett, thank you. If only our USA leaders would read this book. Actually, i do wonder if President Obama has read it. The resent news of normalization with Cuba makes one say, 'hum'. Now if we could try this with Iran.
Andd Becker
The authors assert that the United States should attain rapprochement with the Islamic Republic of Iran, through bilateral U.S.-Iranian discussions. They say the president of the United States should visit Tehran.
The authors analyze Washington's Iran policy. They don't like it.
I received this book free through the goodreads FIRST READS program.
Libby (Streed's Reads)
Going to re-read in Dec 2015. First read Dec 2012.
Dee Halzack
Excellent, well-documented and -annotated book.

Iran is NOT our enemy.
Karel Baloun
Jun 01, 2013 Karel Baloun rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Iran's Islamist moral standing and leadership benefit from lacking nuclear weapons. Let America focus on soft power again.
Caloway Gavin
Jun 11, 2014 Caloway Gavin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
outstanding counter-argument to all the anti-Iran sabre rattling and the establshment of a real Iran policy serving long term US interests. Well documented, thoughtful and worthwhile read.
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