Going to Tehran: Why the United States Must Come to Terms with the Islamic Republic of Iran

Going to Tehran Why the United States Must Come to Terms with the Islamic Republic of Iran An eye opening argument for a new approach to Iran from two of America s most informed and influential Middle East expertsLess than a decade after Washington endorsed a fraudulent case for invading I

  • Title: Going to Tehran: Why the United States Must Come to Terms with the Islamic Republic of Iran
  • Author: Flynt Leverett Hillary Mann Leverett
  • ISBN: 9780805094190
  • Page: 252
  • Format: Hardcover
  • An eye opening argument for a new approach to Iran, from two of America s most informed and influential Middle East expertsLess than a decade after Washington endorsed a fraudulent case for invading Iraq, similarly misinformed and politically motivated claims are pushing America toward war with Iran Today the stakes are even higher such a war could break the back of AmerAn eye opening argument for a new approach to Iran, from two of America s most informed and influential Middle East expertsLess than a decade after Washington endorsed a fraudulent case for invading Iraq, similarly misinformed and politically motivated claims are pushing America toward war with Iran Today the stakes are even higher such a war could break the back of America s strained superpower status Challenging the daily clamor of U.S saber rattling, Flynt and Hillary Mann Leverett argue that America should renounce thirty years of failed strategy and engage with Iran just as Nixon revolutionized U.S foreign policy by going to Beijing and realigning relations with China.Former analysts in both the Bush and Clinton administrations, the Leveretts offer a uniquely informed account of Iran as it actually is today, not as many have caricatured it or wished it to be They show that Iran s political order is not on the verge of collapse, that most Iranians still support the Islamic Republic, and that Iran s regional influence makes it critical to progress in the Middle East Drawing on years of research and access to high level officials, Going to Tehran explains how Iran sees the world and why its approach to foreign policy is hardly the irrational behavior of a rogue nation.A bold call for new thinking, the Leveretts indispensable work makes it clear that America must go to Tehran if it is to avert strategic catastrophe.

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    1. America has wanted to put an end to the government of Islamic Republic of Iran since it overthrew the Shah. Iran for the most part wants to enjoy the rights allowed to other nations. Going to Tehran shows Iran's efforts and history as a nation that strives for acceptance, demonstrates it is a sovereign state, and pursues its interests in a non-threatening way; It is the United States (practically by itself) that wishes to deny Iran its rightful position. This position seems to be at odds with wh [...]

    2. Flynt and Hillary Mann Leverett lay out a comprehensive, compelling, well researched argument for their position, which is the consistent mismanagement of Iranian relations by the U.S. for the last twenty years, and it is absolutely worthwhile reading for people interested in international relations (first) and Iran (second). Because it is making a positional argument, it isn't a particularly good book for people who don't already have some grounding in Iranian history or politics. In order to g [...]

    3. Looking at some of the other reviews, I gather that this book is not overly popular (I'm pretty intuitive). However, I think that those who gave it low ratings and negative reviews are swayed (perhaps not surprisingly) by their own personal experiences with Iran and by other stories they have heard about the Islamic Republic. Regardless of your level of agreement with the argument or with the premise of the book, the Leverett's documentation and research were superb. There are pages and pages of [...]

    4. Democracy is messy and sometimes spies and collaborators take an advantage of the loopholes available in the system. Mohsen Rezaei a former commander of IRGC has informed Ayatullah Khamenei (The Supreme Leader of Iran) to establish an Iranian Lobby as powerful as AIPAC (American Israel Public Affairs Committee) in United States in order to influence policy makers in Senate and the White house to penetrate the system and get some positive image of Islamic Republic out or change the aggressive law [...]

    5. In a time where U.S. and Israel are on the verge to attack Iran, this book is the best literal antidote to this impending folly war scheme to this date. Reading the book, you really understand how the portrayal of Iran in western media and by western politicans are horrendusly flawed and how extremely misled - we, the people, really have become. The the demonization against Iran have made thesituation so tense that you almost cannot even raise the topic of Iran these days.That is why this book a [...]

    6. The Leveretts knew they would get a lot of flak for writing this book, one which blatantly challenges established wisdom about Iran. They do debunk some of the myths which drive America's self-defeating Iran policy and articulate what is notable and unique about the IRI. Some parts of its public caricature in the West are inaccurate and damaging. Having said that I felt like they went a bit overboard by including people such as Akbar Ganji, Hamid Dabashi and Trita Parsi in the 'soft regime-chang [...]

    7. This was a nice surprise. I'm hesitant to give this books 4 stars though. It was pretty dry and read like a textbook. also the organization was a bit wonky. But, it was like stepping into a whole new genre and all I can think about now is consuming more and more about Iran. I feel like this book is good starting point and that's it. It could be much more thorough, but I'm glad I ran across this book. I want to read more about the Iran-Iraq war, more about nuclear power, and more about figures li [...]

    8. so, this is definitely not the book to read if you are trying to learn about Iran but have little primer on your knowledge of the middle east. thus, this book took me quite a long time to finish as my knowledge on the middle east is limited. having stated this, I did learn quite a bit from this book but won't be able to tool this new knowledge as much as I could if I had read foundational texts first. Going to Tehran is the essential finger-pointing booke Leveretts know exactly who opposes them, [...]

    9. The Road to Tehran was a real eye-opening book that provides a lot of insight on the United States' failed policy in respect to Iran. The authors have ruffled quite a few feathers because the book essentially says that the last 40+ years of foreign policy with Iran has been misguided and counter-productive. The authors contend that the US has sought hegemony in the Middle East and is ignoring the powerful role that Iran could play in stabilizing the region. Iran has 15 neighboring countries and [...]

    10. It was fascinating to be reading this at the exact time that relationships between the USA and Iran seem to be showing the smallest glimmer of hope. Some might find it strange to call this a page turner, but it was for me. Although it stayed unread literally for months (I was overly ambitious at the public library and it is on its last renewal). While watching the news with my dad last night, I was effectively able to counter some of the so-called arguments with documentation. Although I think n [...]

    11. Having just read the book and gone through the footnoted references, how can one deny that the US never misses an opportunity to throw reconciliation aside? Our own national collective memory regarding Iran only goes back to 1979 - ignoring US actions in the 1953 coup of Iran's democratically elected leader. And even if we do acknowledge the coup we summarily dismiss it as a non-event, expecting Iranians to get over it. Nothing happens in a vacuum, there is always cause and effect and the '79 Re [...]

    12. الكتاب ممتاز للتعرف على سوء السياسة الأمريكية الخارجية بالأدلة والوقائع، وللمنبهرين بالادارة الأمريكية الذين يعتقدون بأنها لا تمشي الا على أساس دراسات وبحوث وآراء الخبراء، والواقع أن هذا القول أقرب الى الهراء منه الى الواقع، ولعل مطالعة كتاب أحمد راشد Pakistan on the Brink الى جان [...]

    13. My entire world would absolutely HATE this book (I'm from a decidedly pro-Israel American Jewish community with a large concentration of Iranian-American Jews thrown into the mix). Going to Tehran not only contradicts absolutely EVERYTHING ever taught and said about Iran (especially in the pro-Israel, American, Jewish, and Persian communities), it shows how it is demonstratively false - making it perhaps one of the most eye-opening books I have ever read. HIGHLY highly recommended - but only for [...]

    14. Though the conclusion that engagement with Iran will be beneficial to the US is a bad lens, this book I an essential read for understanding US foreign policy with the Islamic Republic. It is the only book of its kind, especially considering the political positions of the authors. The wests disgusting 5 year ok politics, history of brutality, and delusional white supremacist myths about the Middle East are laid bare. The book is also engaging and readable in a way few foreign policy books are. Hi [...]

    15. I really, really appreciate the in-depth research put in to this book. Flynt and Hillary Leverett, thank you. If only our USA leaders would read this book. Actually, i do wonder if President Obama has read it. The resent news of normalization with Cuba makes one say, 'hum'. Now if we could try this with Iran.

    16. The authors assert that the United States should attain rapprochement with the Islamic Republic of Iran, through bilateral U.S.-Iranian discussions. They say the president of the United States should visit Tehran.The authors analyze Washington's Iran policy. They don't like it.I received this book free through the FIRST READS program.

    17. Iran's Islamist moral standing and leadership benefit from lacking nuclear weapons. Let America focus on soft power again.

    18. outstanding counter-argument to all the anti-Iran sabre rattling and the establshment of a real Iran policy serving long term US interests. Well documented, thoughtful and worthwhile read.

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