James Buchan: Sarah Palin in Tehran, 17 March 2011
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Melville House, 439 pp., £12.99, March 2011, 978 1 935554 38 7Show More
The Ayatollahs’ Democracy: An Iranian Challenge by Hooman Majd.
Allen Lane, 282 pp., £20, January 2011, 978 1 84614 319 9Show More
“... The tumult that followed the Iranian presidential election of June 2009 revealed to an inattentive world an Iranian public that bore little resemblance to its idiosyncratic and touchy rulers. It helped that many of the protesters were young and fashionable, adept in modern forms of communication, and decked out in green. The Islamic Republic’s self-image, virtuous and united against relentless foreign conspiracies, was shattered under the force of mass demonstrations, street violence, the ill-treatment and murder of young men and women, squabbling factions, incivility, seminarians at loggerheads, and show trials of the kind that Iranians had stopped watching a quarter of a century ago ...”