Author : Nadim Siraj
Publisher : Leadstart Publishing
Genre : Non Fiction
Pages : 144
Secret Notes From Iran is the first-person account of a journalist who travelled through Iran, disguised as a casual tourist, during the stormy US-Iran stand-off in the summer of 2017. With Iran now facing the possibility of a full-scale war with the US, the book features critical geopolitical analysis of Iran’s position in the current world order. The reader is taken across the length and breadth of the country, and the iconic Iranian settings serve as venues of illuminating conversations with Iranian locals about their predicament.
The narrative is accompanied by exclusive photographs taken in Tehran, Shiraz, Isfahan, Persepolis, Bandar Abbas and several other locations. The book comprises revealing first-hand observations, analyses of oil politics, a heady dose of war talk, a close look at sensitive social issues, and powerful interviews of world-renowned geopolitical writer and Iran expert, Vijay Prashad, and celebrated anti-hijab Iranian activist and writer, Masih Alinejad.
This book reflects the deeply conflicted times we live in, filled with equal measures of uplifting promise and dangerous portent.
I’m fascinated by history and when I got the chance to review a book on the history of Iran, I happily agreed. Iran being a controversial country has amazing tourist places and beautiful human beings, but still it is underrated.
The book is a non fiction and is a collection of interviews and experience gathered by an Indian journalist while being on a secret mission to Iran. The book tells us about the historical places in Iran, the wars fought, the treaties signed, the oil reserves and contracts etc. The writer has beautifully organized the different articles giving loads of information and knowledge to the readers.
While reading the book I felt the pain and fear the people of Iran hold in their hearts. The journalist takes us into the geopolitical analysis of the Iran’s position in the current world order.
Their are exclusive photographs inserted between the articles which makes the reading more interesting.
Overall I enjoyed reading the book. I loved how the author has explained each and everything and his knowledge of Iran is commendable.Explaining the terms like petrodollar etc in an easy way, helped me understanding the topics easily. The interviews are interesting and the war history is heart wrenching. The language is easy but still keep a dictionary neearby. Do pick up this book if you wish to study about Iran in detail.
*I received a free copy in exchange for an honest and unbiased review*