• In vividly readable style ... Majd gives us what's been missing for so long: a nuanced, in-depth portrait of a country both far more sophisticated and far less rigid than western policymakers have yet appreciated

    Lesley Hazleton, author of After the Prophet: the epic story of the Shia-Sunni split
  • No writer knows more about modern Iran than Hooman Majd. Nor does any other commentator write more cogently, or more beautifully

    Reza Aslan, author of No god but God and Beyond Fundamentalism