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Books Reveal The Mystery Of Modern Iran

by Steve Inskeep
Feb 24, 2009 (All Things Considered)

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"Three Books. . ." is a series in which we invite writers to recommend three great reads on a single theme.

My Iran Air flight touched down after midnight, and we stepped up a ramp into Imam Khomeini International Airport.

As a foreigner, I didn't know if my bags would be searched or if my three books about the county were allowed. So I'd left them behind — one at home, the other two on the table of a coffee shop in Dubai, my last stop before Tehran.

Now, I could only try to remember them as I waited to have my passport stamped. Maybe that's why I so vividly recalled what all three books reported about free speech or expression.

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'The Ayatollah Begs To Differ'

The Ayatollah Begs To Differ, by Hooman Majd, hardcover, 256 pages

'The Soul Of Iran'

The Soul of Iran, by Afshin Molavi, paperback, 352 pages

'Honeymoon In Tehran'

Honeymoon In Tehran: Two Years of Love and Danger in Iran, by Azadeh Moaveni, hardcover, 352 pages

Steve Inskeep is the host of NPR's Morning Edition. He spent two weeks in Iran earlier this month as part of the program's "Unwrapping Iran" series.

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