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The United States and Iran
Spencer, William, 1922-2009.
Publication Information:
Brookfield, Conn. : Twenty-First Century Books, [2000]

Physical Description:
128 pages ; illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Examines the history of relations between the United States and Iran and the various shifts in Iranian government that have affected those relations.
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E183.8.I55 S64 2000 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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A superpower of the ancient world, Iran has endured vast, usually turbulent, change over its long history. A progressive young Iranian population may hold the key to some positive developments in U.S.-Iranian relations -- something unheard of ten years ago.

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Booklist Review

Gr. 7^-12. On more than one occasion in the past, the Iranian government invited American economic advisers to play a leading role in helping to modernize and organize Iran's economy. The American missions never ended successfully, largely due to the internal tensions within Iranian society--strains between secular and religious lifestyles and between pro-foreign and severe anti-foreign points of view. Tensions boiled over to such a degree by 1979 that the Iran hostage crisis developed. Spencer clearly elucidates Iranian culture and history, starting back in ancient centuries and quickly reviewing essential turning points up to the present. The result is a well-written, in-depth presentation of Iran's story and its love-hate relationship with the U.S. through the years. Quite useful both for information and reports; excellent black-and-white photographs and maps; bibliography, fact appendix; and source notes. --Anne O'Malley

School Library Journal Review

Gr 6 Up-Spencer briefly mentions Iran's long history, but concentrates on the problems dominating its relationship with the U.S. He offers a balanced approach and places responsibility for the misunderstandings on both governments. He examines the shifts in the relationship and the end of Iran's monarchy and its present-day theocracy. His clear, direct explanations and illustrative comments will be understandable to students who have little knowledge of the conflicts or religions involved. Two full-page, black-and-white maps showing modern Iran and the ancient Persian Empire are easily interpreted. A few average-quality, black-and-white photos and illustrations are scattered throughout. An extensive bibliography and source notes are included. Up-to-date information presented in an accessible format.-Carol Durusau, Newton County Public Library, Covington, GA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.