A truly riveting look inside the Iranian Republic

In this, his second book about Iran, Hooman Majd brings us behind the scenes of the country’s last, ultra-turbulent election.

The Iranian-born journalist knows that the government’s inner workings are almost impossible for outsiders to understand; early in the book, he likens Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s actions to a “Persian theater of the absurd.” But Majd is the grandson of an Iranian Ayatollah—and a distant cousin of former president Mohammad Khatami—and his family ties and personal connections get us remarkably close to Iran’s centers of power and influence. The Ayatollahs’ Democracy is a timely, insightful, refreshingly lucid tour of this deeply confounding and contradictory land.

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