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Guardians of the Revolution: Iran and the World in the Age of the Ayatollahs

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Ray Takeyh argues that the US's task is to find strategies that address Iran's objectionable behavior without demonizing this key player in an increasingly vital and volatile region. With its grasp of both nuance and historical sweep, this book will be the standard work on this controversial actor in world politics for years to come.
Hardcover, 310 pages
Published May 1st 2009 by Oxford University Press, USA (first published 2009)
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This book looks at Iran's foreign policy, from the 1979 revolution until the Ahmadinejad regime. The author does a good job of discussing the motivations and backgrounds of the actors involved, and hence shows how Iranian politicians have a number of different approaches to foreign relations. However, it does not appear that the author has visited Iran, or interviewed any Iranians in the West, which I think weakens the book a bit, since he is often making inferences based on the individuals' pub ...more
This book was a great look at the internal politics of post-revolutionary Iran. It gave a good sense of the rifts between the "old guard" of the revolution and the "new right." Takeyh clearly illustrates the process by which Iran has become less democratic. He takes the reader through the internal struggle that has taken place since the revolution, which saw the hardliners take over the government in 2005, push out the reformists, and finalize their centralization of power. He also shows the way ...more
Jamie is
Written by a professor of mine at Georgetown who also (I believe) is affiliated with CFR. Provided an excellent understanding of Iranian political dynamics that I was able to follow without any academic background in the country, but which colleagues who did felt offered new analysis.
Rashad Raoufi
this is a well referenced and researched book that attempts to examine the revoloutaionary iran, first 50 pages are much chronichled so i knew them already but the rest was engaging although it details the support of the clerics for terrorism it does not shed any light to the actual symetrical and much more sucessful operations of mossad, i think its for cfr so it has its american bias but it still tries to be anlytical. its an illuminating book that goes beyond the simplistic depiction of iran ...more
Steven  Passmore
A thorough dense book about the Iranian revolution, Ray Takeyh's book is a pretty good summary of the past 30 or 40 years of Iranian politics. I also think that's it's non-biased, maybe a too dull. He lists both American and Iranian policy failures, and the Persian/Arab Sunni/Shia regional hegemonic rivalries. It's not exactly paradigm shifting, but a good book.
Alina Utrata
An excellent account of Iranian domestic politics and affairs since the Revolution. Highlights include explanations of regional perspectives of Iran after the Iran-Iraq war, the Reformist movement, the Green Revolution and other facets of recent Iranian history.

This is a thorough and balanced account if the historical relationship between the US and Iran. I found that it provided an excellent basis for understanding current events related to Iran.
Jim Jewell
Decent overview of Iranian political dynamics.
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