Synopses & Reviews
As a correspondent for Newsweek
and The New York Times,
Elaine Sciolino has had more experience covering 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 Iranian revolution, the hostage crisis, the Iran-Iraq war, the rise of President Khatami, and the riots of the summer of 1999. In Persian Mirrors
, Sciolino takes us into the public and private spaces of Iran and uncovers 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 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.
About the Author
is a senior writer in the Washington bureau of The New York Times
. She is also the author of The Outlaw State: Saddam Hussein's Quest for Power and the Gulf Crisis