Title: Secret Notes From Iran
Author: Nadim Siraj
Genre: Non- fiction
Publisher: Leadstart Publishers
My Rating: 5/5 stars
*NOTE: I am extremely grateful to Leadstart Publishers for sending me this book. However, this does not at all hinder my honest opinions regarding the book. This is a spoiler-free review. All opinions are solely mine.
Reading this book is like walking with the author on the streets of Iran and sipping the flavors of the nation’s rich history and heritage.
I love this book’s concept. When I read what this book is about, I knew that I had to read it! Also, the cover is beautiful! I am so glad to have read this book.
The author has started the book with a bang by hopping right onto the subject at hand- his experiences in vs. the distorted image of Iran. The author has given us a deep yet short and crisp insight into the history of Iran, about its previous government, its tie up with various nations and of course, about its oil (better to call it Iranian gold).
This book also contains interviews conducted by the author with the political scientist Noam Chomsky, geopolitical writer Vijay Prashad, and activist Masjih Alinejad. What won my heart is the fact that the author has included his conversations with the local people of Iran, to help us understand the exact state of Iran as a nation.
‘Secret Notes From Iran’ contains photographs clicked by the author as well which makes the reading and knowing about Iran more absorbing. Each chapter begins with a quote. The author has made use of good vocabulary which adds charm to the book.
This book is a powerful read that will change or modify your existing perceptions about Iran. You might be surprised to know how different Iran is and how differently it is shown to us via various forces. The author has backed all his claims with proofs. He has also made an effort to bring before our eyes a clear distinction between what Iran is shown like and what it actually is.
I wasn’t going to be taken away and thrown into an underground jail for expressing my views. The average man on the street is very tolerant.
~ Nadim Siraj
I recommend this book to all the those who love to travel and know about various places! This book is great at providing the reader with all the insights needed- be it cultural, political, historical, or any other! I also recommend this book to those who like to read about politics and how it is a major force that can modify or deform a nation. A must-read for all those who would like to know more about the state-of-affairs, local life, and history of Iran.
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