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1 BERNSTEIN, JEREMY. Nuclear Iran.
Harvard University Press, Cambridge, Massachusetts and London England: 2014. h Hardcover with dustjacket. Brand new book. 
Iran's nuclear program has generated intense controversy ever since the International Atomic Energy Agency reported in 2003 that Iran was secretly pursuing enrichment activities. Although Iranian officials insist the program is peaceful, many in the international community are skeptical of Iran's stated aims—and some allege there is no greater nuclear-weapons proliferation danger in the world today. Nuclear Iran guides readers through the intricate maze of science and secrecy that lies at the heart of Iran's nuclear ambitions. Writing for the general reader, Jeremy Bernstein brings his knowledge as a physicist to bear on the issues, offering elucidations of the scientific principles and technical hurdles involved in creating nuclear reactors and bombs. His explanations range from the physics of fission to methods of isotope separation to the technologies required for weaponizing fissile uranium and plutonium. Iran's construction of centrifuges capable of producing weapons-grade uranium has received much media attention, and Bernstein explains how these complex devices work. He intersperses many elements of the human story into his discussions of technology, such as the fact that centrifuges were first invented by German war prisoners working in the Soviet Union. Nuclear Iran turns a spotlight on the controversial underground uranium-enrichment facility in Natanz and heavy water reactor in Arak, and profiles key figures in the ongoing international trade in weapons technology, including the Pakistani physicist A. Q. Khan. This succinct book is timely reading for anyone who wishes to understand the science behind the international crisis surrounding Iran's nuclear program. Jeremy Bernstein is the author of many books on science for the general reader, including Plutonium: A History of the World's Most Dangerous Element and Oppenheimer: Portrait of an Enigma. He is a former staff writer for the New Yorker. "Nuclear Iran is part scientific primer, part history with a dash of policy analysis. Here the reader can come to grips—as best as we nonscientific souls can—with the math behind the concept of critical mass in nuclear fission. There [Bernstein] offers a brief but illuminating portrait of Gernot Zippe, the eccentric Austrian-German engineer, captured by the Soviets during World War II, who pioneered the centrifuge model later sold by the Pakistani proliferator A.Q. Khan to North Korea and Iran. Bernstein also details the history of the Iranian nuclear program, beginning with its origins under the Shah. Letting the facts speak for themselves, Bernstein makes it very hard to maintain that the mullahs have peaceful intentions… [I] loved the book. A reader doesn't need to master every equation to get the conceptual gist, and anyone who publicly opines about Iran would do well to spend an afternoon learning from Jeremy Bernstein."—Sohrab Ahmari, The Wall Street Journal "This very timely book is valuable for anyone interested in learning about the real issues in the negotiations between the U.S. (and other nations) and Iran over their nuclear programs and the consequences of any agreement that is reached."—A. M. Strauss, Choice "A lucid and fascinating explanation of the science that allows us to think clearly about nuclear Iran."—Walter Isaacson, author of Steve Jobs and Einstein: His Life and Universe 
Price: 18.00 USD
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2 BIRD, CHRISTIANE. Neither East Nor West: One Woman's Journey Through The Islamic Republic Of Iran.
Pocket Books, New York: 2001. 0671027557 / 9780671027551 Second Printing. h Hardcover with dustjacket. Very good condition. 
Here is the Islamic Republic of Iran today, in all its beauty, ferocity, and contradiction - from the modern bustling capital of Tehran to the medieval holy city of Qom. Christiane Bird, who spent several years of her early childhood in Iran, sets out to write a simple safarnameh - the Persian word for travelogue or, literally, travel letter - but soon delivers much more. In describing the sights, sounds, and overall tenor of life in Iran today, she helps to break through the silence that has surrounded the country's culture - as opposed to its politics - for nearly twenty years. 
Price: 13.49 USD
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3 BOYLE, PH.D., JOHN ANDREW. A Practical Dictionary Of The Persian Language.
Saphrograph Co., New York: 1965. h Hardcover, no dustjacket. Good condition. 
The chief purpose of this dictionary is to provide the student of Persian, in a compendious form, with the means of reading books and newspapers in the modern language. In addition, therefore, to the general vocabulary, an attempt has been made to incorporate as many as possible of the political, economic, and scientific terms most widely current at the present time. 
Price: 33.73 USD
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4 BYRNE, MALCOLM; RIEDEL, BRUCE (FOREWORD). Iran-contra: Reagan's Scandal And The Unchecked Abuse Of Presidential Power.
University Press of Kansas, Lawrence: 2014. s Softcover. Brand new book. 
Everything began to unravel on October 5, 1986, when a Nicaraguan soldier downed an American plane carrying arms to "Contra" guerrillas, exposing a tightly held U.S. clandestine program. A month later, reports surfaced that Washington had been covertly selling arms to Iran (our sworn enemy and a state sponsor of terrorism), in exchange for help freeing hostages in Beirut. The profits, it turned out, were going to support the Contras, despite an explicit ban by Congress. In the firestorm that erupted, shocking details emerged, raising the prospect of impeachment, and the American public confronted a scandal as momentous as it was confusing. At its center was President Ronald Reagan amid a swirl of questions about illegal wars, consorting with terrorists, and the abuse of presidential power. Yet, despite the enormity of the issues, the affair dropped from the public radar due to media overkill, years of legal wrangling, and a vigorous campaign to forestall another Watergate. As a result, many Americans failed to grasp the scandal's full import. Through exhaustive use of declassified documents, previously unavailable investigative materials, and wide-ranging interviews, Malcolm Byrne places the events in their historical and political context (notably the Cold War and a sharp partisan domestic divide), he explores what made the affair possible and meticulously relates how it unfolded—including clarifying minor myths about cakes, keys, bibles, diversion memos, and shredding parties. Iran-Contra demonstrates that the affair could not have occurred without awareness and approval at the very top of the U.S. government. Byrne reveals an unmistakable pattern of dubious behavior—including potentially illegal conduct by the president, vice president, the secretaries of state and defense, the CIA director and others—that formed the true core of the scandal. Given the lack of meaningful consequences for those involved, the volume raises critical questions about the ability of our current system of checks and balances to address presidential abuses of power, and about the possibility of similar outbreaks in the future. 24 illustrations, 2 maps, 6 x 9. Malcolm Byrne is Deputy Director and Research Director at the National Security Archive. He is the coauthor of Becoming Enemies: U.S.-Iran Relations in the Iran-Iraq War, 1979-1988. "At last, the Iran-Contra affair has a comprehensive history worthy of the scandal which, if the system had worked, should have landed many senior White House officials in the slammer. Malcolm Byrne has told this complex story in brilliant fashion."—Seymour M. Hersh, author of Chain of Command: The Road from 9/11 to Abu Ghraib "A riveting book about a remarkable scandal and a warning about the excesses of secrecy and partisanship in American foreign policy."—Bruce Riedel, author of Al Qaeda: Its Leadership, Ideology, and Future "An impressive, compelling and revelatory work."—David Farber, author of Taken Hostage: The Iran Hostage Crisis and America's First Encounter with Radical Islam 
Price: 25.60 USD
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5 DABASHI, HAMID. Persophilia: Persian Culture On The Global Scene.
Harvard University Press, Cambridge, Massachusetts and London England: 2015. h Hardcover with dustjacket. Brand new book. 
From the Biblical period and Classical Antiquity to the rise of the Renaissance and the Enlightenment, aspects of Persian culture have been integral to European history. A diverse constellation of European artists, poets, and thinkers have looked to Persia for inspiration, finding there a rich cultural counterpoint and frame of reference. Interest in all things Persian was no passing fancy but an enduring fascination that has shaped not just Western views but the self-image of Iranians up to the present day. Persophilia maps the changing geography of connections between Persia and the West over the centuries and shows that traffic in ideas about Persia and Persians did not travel on a one-way street. How did Iranians respond when they saw themselves reflected in Western mirrors? Expanding on Jürgen Habermas's theory of the public sphere, and overcoming the limits of Edward Said, Hamid Dabashi answers this critical question by tracing the formation of a civic discursive space in Iran, seeing it as a prime example of a modern nation-state emerging from an ancient civilization in the context of European colonialism. The modern Iranian public sphere, Dabashi argues, cannot be understood apart from this dynamic interaction. Persophilia takes into its purview works as varied as Xenophon's Cyropaedia and Nietzsche's Thus Spoke Zarathustra, Handel's Xerxes and Puccini's Turandot, and Gauguin and Matisse's fascination with Persian art. The result is a provocative reading of world history that dismantles normative historiography and alters our understanding of postcolonial nations. Hamid Dabashi is Hagop Kevorkian Professor of Iranian Studies and Comparative Literature at Columbia University. "A lively and erudite account of Persophilia… Whenever Dabashi discusses particular writers, Iranian or Western, his enthusiasm brims over; his love for literature, whether in Persian or English, German or French, shines through and animates his prose… His astute capsule descriptions of 19th- and 20th-century Iranian writers, most of whom remain unknown in the West, will come as both provocative and enlightening to even the most jaded Persophile."—Eric Ormsby, Literary Review "Hamid Dabashi tells an elegant and startling story about the significance of Persian culture in Western society, and how Western ideas about Persian culture shaped modern Iran's notions of its antiquity and literary history."—Firoozeh Kashani-Sabet, University of Pennsylvania "Hamid Dabashi's scholarly investigation into Persophilia—the attraction that Iran's literary humanism held for giants of European culture including Mozart, Goethe, and Nietzsche—turns simplistic views of 'Orientalism' upside down. His penetrating account of a global conversation lasting centuries forces us to rethink tired old clichs about European cultural hegemony."—Malise Ruthven, author of Islam in the World 
Price: 33.25 USD
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6 HEJAZI, ARASH; COELHO, PAULO (FOREWORD). The Gaze Of The Gazelle: The Story Of A Generation.
Seagull Books, London: 2011. s Softcover. Brand new book. 
On June 20, 2009, during demonstrations to protest the contested and controversial Iranian presidential election, a young girl named Neda Agha-Soltan was shot to death in the streets of Tehran. Within hours, the video footage of her death, captured on a roving camera-phone, had circled the globe. It was also the moment of choice for Arash Hejazi—a writer who had originally trained as a doctor—who tried and failed to save Neda's life. Within days Hejazi left Iran to tell the world the story the government was denying: Neda had died at the hands of the pro-government militia. The Gaze of the Gazelle is Hejazi's personal story of how that tragedy came to be and how it will change the course of politics in Iran for a new generation. In a tale that mingles politics and the personal, mythology and history, Hejazi tries to answer the question: How did it come to this? His quest for an answer leads him through the story of the decades long aftermath of the Iranian Revolution, when Ayatollah Khomeini was brought back from exile to drive the Shah from his throne and set up the Islamic Republic of Iran. On June 20, 2009, during demonstrations to protest the contested and controversial Iranian presidential election, a young girl named Neda Agha-Soltan was shot to death in the streets of Tehran. Within hours, the video footage of her death, captured on a roving camera-phone, had circled the globe. It was also the moment of choice for Arash Hejazi—a writer who had originally trained as a doctor—who tried and failed to save Neda's life. Within days Hejazi left Iran to tell the world the story the government was denying: Neda had died at the hands of the pro-government militia. The Gaze of the Gazelle is Hejazi's personal story of how that tragedy came to be and how it will change the course of politics in Iran for a new generation. In a tale that mingles politics and the personal, mythology and history, Hejazi tries to answer the question: How did it come to this? His quest for an answer leads him through the story of the decades long aftermath of the Iranian Revolution, when Ayatollah Khomeini was brought back from exile to drive the Shah from his throne and set up the Islamic Republic of Iran. Against the background of Saddam Hussein's invasion of Iran and the prolonged war that followed, Hejazi skillfully interweaves his own story and those of his family and friends with the machinations of the mullahs and politicians who seek to control Iranian lives. This timely, moving, and eloquent book describes the determination of a new generation to recover hope in the name of Neda, who gave her life in pursuit of a freer and better world. "This important and life-affirming memoir is a must read for all who share that dream and seek to discover a country beyond the headlines and the hysteria that surrounds the Iranian bomb."—Paulo Coelho, from the Foreword 
Price: 19.95 USD
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7 HUYSER, ROBERT E.; HAIG, ALEXANDER M. (INTRODUCTION). Mission To Tehran.
Harper & Row, New York: 1986. 0060390530 / 9780060390532 First U. S. Edition. A Cornelia & Michael Bessie Book. h Hardcover with dustjacket. Good condition Library discard. Last page torn from book. 
General Robert E. Huyser was Deputy Commander of the American forces in Europe in 1979 when he was ordered by President Jimmy Carter to go secretly to Tehran and determine whether the Shah's regime could be saved, or a military successor arranged. The story of that mission during the days immediately preceding and following the departure of the Shah is told here for the first time from the inside by the extraordinary American airman who was sent on one of the most dramatic adventures of our time. Includes an Index. 
Price: 16.34 USD
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8 LAMBTON, ANN K. S. Persian Grammar.
Cambridge University Press, London: 1971. 0521091241 / 9780521091244 First Edition reprinted with corrections. Students' Edition. s Softcover. Very good condition. 
Intended primarily to meet the needs of the student of the Persian language of the present day, but it is the author's hope that it will also serve as an introduction to the student who wishes to read the classics. "It is a pleasure to recommend this grammar to students of Persian, for I believe it is the best we have in English." - Harvard Journal of Asiatic Studies 
Price: 70.16 USD
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9 MACKEY, SANDRA; W. SCOTT HARROP (RESEARCH ASSISTANT). The Iranians: Persia, Islam And The Soul Of A Nation With A New Afterword By The Author.
Penguin Group, New York: 1998. First Plume Printing. s Softcover. Good condition. 
In the first in-depth study of Iran since the death of Khomeini, eminent Middle East expert Sandra Mackey reveals astonishing facts about this complex, volatile, and strategically important country. In clear, concise prose, she explains how the Islamic Revolution of 1979 came about, why it failed, and how today Iran is on the brink of chaos. Includes an Index. "Well written and informative." -- New York Times Book Review 
Price: 3.79 USD
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10 MIANDJI, A. M. Farsi - English / English - Farsi ( Persian ) Concise Dictionary.
Hippocrene Books, New York: 2003. 078180860X / 9780781808606 s Softcover. Brand new book. 
8,400 total word-to-word entires - no definitions, General vocabulary of Iran's official language, Includes Farsi script and phonetic pronunciation, Concise, portable format, Ideal for travelers, businesspeople, or students of Farsi or English. 
Price: 14.20 USD
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11 RAMAZANI, R. K. Revolutionary Iran: Challenge And Response In The Middle East.
The Johns Hopkins Universiy Press, Baltimore and London: 0801836107 / 9780801836107 Reprint Edition. Contains a new spilogue on the Iranian-American Arms Deal. s Softcover. Very good condition. 
Here is the most incisive account to datee of the Khomeini regime's foreign policy and its impact on international affairs. Probes the secret arms-for-hostages dealings that formed Iran's "American initiative." Includes an Index. 
Price: 21.38 USD
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12 ROBINSON, B. W. (TEXTE). Les Plus Beaux Dessins Persans.
Editions du Chene, Paris: 1966. Acheve d'imprimer en septembre 1966. Depot legal 4e trimestre 1966. No. d'edition: 78. h Livre d'ocasion. Bon etat. Hardcover, no dustjacket. Good condition. 
Comme nous vivons dans une epoque ou les arts refletent souvent la confusion,la tension et la cruaute du monde qui nous entoure, c'est avec joie et un certain apaisement que nous contemplons les chefs-d'oeuvre des anciens dessinateurspersans. Ils nous penetrer dans un monde calme, ensoleille,ou tout se trouve baigne d'une brillante lumiere doree. Avec illustrations. Nombreuses illustrations. pleine toile noire - graphisme blanc et rouge. 
Price: 61.38 USD
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13 SHAWCROSS, WILLIAM. The Shah's Last Ride.
Simon and Schuster, Inc., New York: 1988. 0671552317 / 9780671552312 Uncorrected Proof. s Softcover. Very good reading copy. This is an Advance Uncorrected Reader's Proof. 

Price: 17.58 USD
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14 STARK, FREYA. Library Of Travel Classics: The Valleys Of The Assassins And Other Persian Travels.
J. P. Tarcher, Inc., Los Angeles: 1983. 0874772613 / 9780874772616 Reprint Edition. s Softcover. Good condition. 
Inspired by the tales of adventure in Arabian Nights, worldwide explorer Freya Stark set off for the Northwest coast of Syria in 1927. She was a woman alone in a country where few men dared to venture, in a culture governed by seldom-kept laws. By camel, horse, foot, and caravan, she crossed Iraq's desert, impassable mountain ranges, and the colorful cities of Baghdad, Larti, and Teheran to her final destination: the Throne of Solomon. Accompanied by the opium-entranced Keram Khan, one-eyed Alidad, quiltmaker Shah Riza, and the sullen Hajji, she sought out ancient castles, a buried treasure, and prehistoric graves in the Valleys of the Assassins, the hidden home of a Persian sect of murderers. Along the way, she befriended the philosophers, shahs, robbers, child-brides, and holy men who populate the countryside. Originally published in 1936, The Valleys of the Assassins is a remarkable travel odyssey. 
Price: 46.98 USD
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