Persian Mirrors: The Elusive Face of Iran (Paperback)
The book that revealed Iran to the West, now with a new Afterword. Elaine Sciolino updates Persian Mirrors to include coverage of the 2005 presidential election in Iran.
As a correspondent for Newsweek and The New York Times, Sciolino has had more experience covering revolutionary Iran than any other American reporter. She was aboard the airplane that took Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini to Tehran in 1979 and was there for the revolution, the hostage crisis, the Iran-Iraq war, the rise of President Khatami, the riots of 1999, and the crisis over Iran's nuclear program. In Persian Mirrors, Sciolino takes us into the public and private spaces of Iran, uncovering an alluring and seductive nation where a great battle is raging -- not for control over territory, but for the soul of its people.
American readers need a book like this, a fine account of where Iran stands today and how it got there.
The New York Times
Iran is not easy to know well, but Ms. Sciolino knows it intimately.
The Washington Post
Sciolino succeeds in exposing the lie of America's Iran. Her intimate portrait...shows us a country whose bold experimentation with certain democratic ideals often mirrors our own.
The New Yorker
Sciolino is hopeful, if not certain, that Iranians can work their way to the rational, respectable government they deserve, and her intelligence and style convey exactly what's at stake.