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The Iran Primer by Robin B. Wright
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Sep 11, 12

Read from August 21 to September 11, 2012

Fairly comprehensive overview, and I actually enjoyed the dry style. In fact I found it annoying whenever some editorializing creeped in. Hardly anything about the pre-revolution period (including of course little mention about how the CIA was meddling about supporting an unpopular monarchy and completely failed to see the revolution coming). My take aways are that their theocracy structure for government is wholly fucked up and frightening, and that most Westerners probably know jack about the realities in Iran. The place is bizarre and complex to me. Still I feel l Ike I have a much better sense of what roles Iran plays in the region. I'm hoping to discover a similar publication on China now.
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08/21/2012 "For once I'll bone up on the country *before* we invade it!"
08/22/2012 page 6
2.0% ""to understand Iranian nationalism, think of a proud, chauvinistic Texan -- then add 5,000 years.""

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