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Persian Mirrors

Persian Mirrors

The Elusive Face of Iran

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.
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  • Free Press | 
  • 432 pages | 
  • ISBN 9780743284790 | 
  • October 2005
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From Part One

Navigating the Islamic Republic

chapter one: Getting There, Getting In


TAXI DRIVER: I really shouldn't be driving you into Tehran without an order from the Imam. I could get my hands chopped off.

ROBERT REDFURN: Well, I appreciate your accepting a bribe. I really do.

TAXI DRIVER: It's been a while. We don't get too many Westerners in town anymore. The only Americans we've seen in months are the liars and demons of the U.S. press. You hail from the Great Satan yourself, right?

ROBERT REDFURN: Uh, right. New York, actually.

TAXI DRIVER: I... see more

About the Author

Elaine Sciolino

Elaine Sciolino is Paris Bureau Chief for The New York Times. She is also the author of The Outlaw State: Saddam Hussein's Quest for Power and the Gulf War Crisis.

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