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The Coup: 1953, The CIA, and The Roots of Modern U.S.-Iranian Relations
Wednesday, March 27, 2013

In this authoritative new history of the coup and its aftermath, noted Iran scholar Ervand Abrahamian uncovers little-known documents that challenge conventional interpretations and also sheds new light on how the American role in the coup influenced U.S.-Iranian relations, both past and present. Drawing from the hitherto closed archives of British Petroleum, the Foreign Office, and the U.S. State Department, as well as from Iranian memoirs and published interviews, Abrahamian’s riveting account of this key historical event will change America’s understanding of a crucial turning point in modern U.S.-Iranian relations.

Special Maps of Persia, 1477-1925 (Handbook of Oriental Studies)
Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Five years ago, the prestigious Dutch academic publishing house Koninklijke Brill published Dr. Cyrus Alai's pioneer volume, General Maps of Persia. The book arrived to much acclaim in the history of cartography community, and rightly so. This second volume is in every way a worthy companion to the first - its equal in its superb scholarship, excellent graphics, and physical durability. In some it represents a greater achievement than the first work, because this book takes on a more difficult challenge. General Maps laid the basic foundation for the study of the history of cartography of Persia by studying maps which depicted the entire country. The second book takes on the depth and complexity of the history of the cartography of Persia, exploring aspects which are much less well known.

War With Iran: Political, Military and Economic Consequences
Wednesday, February 20, 2013

War With Iran: Political, Military and Economic Consequences provides readers both a history of Iran’s relationship with the West and an expert’s estimation of what the political, human and financial costs of full-scale war with Iran might be. Authors Geoffrey Kemp and John Allen Gay of the Center for the National Interest utilize their years studying and informing America’s foreign policy in the Middle East to bring to life the possible outcomes of an American military intervention in Iran.

The Islamophobia Industry: How the Right Manufactures Fear of Muslims
Wednesday, February 6, 2013

This powerful and provocative book explores the dark world of monster making, examining in detail an interconnected, and highly organized cottage industry of fear merchants. Uncovering their scare tactics, revealing their motives, and exposing the interests that drive them, Nathan Lean casts a bright and damning light on this dangerous and influential network.

The Arab Uprisings: An Introduction
Thursday, January 24, 2013

The media has been saturated with stories about the Arab Uprisings. Yet, though much talked about, they are little understood. At Fair Observer, our goal is to enable you to make sense of the world and this book is our enterprise to ensure that you understand the uprisings a little better. The Arab Uprisings: An Introduction provides an accessible overview for the curious mind. Abul-Hasanat Siddique and Casper Wuite, the writers of the book, seek to explain what happened, why it happened, what is different, what may lie ahead and what can be done.

Foreign Policy and a Turbulent World
Monday, January 21, 2013

The first decade of the 21st century has been one of the most incident-prone junctures of the contemporary history following the Cold War. As a result, the news dispatches as well as international developments during these ten years have been so voluminous that it makes conceptualization of those developments very difficult. 

Iran: 5000 Years of Clothing, Jewellery & Cosmetics
Monday, January 21, 2013

This is the first book of its kind to cover the history of clothing, jewellery and cosmetics in Iran from 3000 BCE to the present time with high quality images. This pictorial history brings together the essentials of current research in all of these subjects in a coherent, easy-to-read format for the interested general public.

Nuclear Iran: The Birth of an Atomic State
Saturday, January 5, 2013

The Iranian nuclear crisis has dominated world politics since the beginning of the century, with the country now facing increasing diplomatic isolation, talk of military strikes against its nuclear facilities and a disastrous Middle East war. Behind the rhetoric from all sides there is very little real understanding of Iran's nuclear strategy, and the history behind it which is now over fifty years old. This ground-breaking book argues that Iran's nuclear programme and the modern history of the country itself are irretrievably linked; and only by understanding one can we understand the other. 

Going to Tehran: Why the United States Must Come to Terms with the Islamic Republic of Iran
Wednesday, December 26, 2012

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. 

Dying Empire: US Imperialism and Global Resistance
Friday, December 7, 2012

By the 1970s the global hegemony established by an American Empire in the post-World War II period faced increasing resistance abroad and contradictions at home. Contextualizing that hegemony, resistance and contradictions is the focus of Dying Empire. Presenting a wide-ranging synthesis of approaches, the book attempts to shed light on the construction of and challenges to the military, economic, and cultural imperial projects of the United States in the late 20th and early 21st centuries. Opposing US imperialism and global domination, Francis Shor combines academic and activist perspectives to analyze the crises endemic to empire and to propose a vision for the realization of another more socially just world. The text incorporates the most recent critical discussions of US imperialism and globalization from above and below to illuminate the practices and possibilities for global resistance.