Bitter Friends, Bosom
Bitter Friends, Bosom Enemies recounts the troubled history of the United States and Iran, with a focus on the last ten years of missed opportunities for reconciliation and cooperation. It breaks new ground in describing the Clinton administration's failed efforts to improve relations and the Bush administration's rejection of serious Iranian overtures in the aftermath of the 9-11 attacks. Instead of dividing our enemies, Bush policies have united them, with frightening consequences for the entire Middle East. The book draws on six trips to Iran over the past decade, interviews with top Iranian decisionmakers -- including the current and last two presidents of Iran -- and access to U.S. decisionmakers, including Condoleezza Rice and Colin Powell. It also contains chapters on Iran's nuclear program and the key constituencies in Iranian politics, including the Revolutionary Guards, the clerics and Iranian youth. A must-read for anyone trying to understand Iran and what U.S. policy toward that country should be.
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