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Praise for Kenneth M. Pollack and The Threatening Storm.

Praise for Kenneth M. It is fair to say that whatever your feelings about the question of Iraq, you owe it to yourself to read Mr. Pollack’s book, which is both hawkish and judicious. Mr. Pollack has written a timely book that should be read as the public debate on Iraq continues. RICHARD BERNSTEIN, The New York Times.

In his highly influential book The Threatening Storm, bestselling author Kenneth Pollack both .

In his highly influential book The Threatening Storm, bestselling author Kenneth Pollack both informed and defined the national debate about Iraq. Now, in The Persian Puzzle, published to coincide with the twenty-fifth anniversary of the Iran hostage crisis, he examines the behind-the-scenes story of the tumultuous relationship between Iran and the United States, and weighs options for the future. Here Pollack, a former CIA analyst and National Security Council official, brings his keen analysis and insider perspective to the long and ongoing clash between the United States and Iran, beginning.

The Persian Puzzle book. In his highly influential book The Threatening Storm, bestselling author Kenneth Pollack both informed and defined the national debate about Iraq.

Great Intro to US-Iran Conflict. Published by Thriftbooks With "The Persian Puzzle", Pollack sets again the standard in foreign policy . Published by Thriftbooks. com User, 12 years ago. This is an excellent introduction to both the history of US-Iranian relations and the current conflict between the two countries. With "The Persian Puzzle", Pollack sets again the standard in foreign policy books. The Iranians tend to equate America with the reign of the shah, and the failure of the US to apply human rights standards to that country while espousing them at home, especially by Carter.

Book · January 2004 with 23 Reads. How we measure 'reads'

Book · January 2004 with 23 Reads. How we measure 'reads'.

Pollack's fifth book, A Path Out of the Desert: A Grand Strategy for America in the Middle East, was published in July 2008. The Persian Puzzle: The Conflict Between Iran and America, Random House, 2004

Pollack's fifth book, A Path Out of the Desert: A Grand Strategy for America in the Middle East, was published in July 2008. The Persian Puzzle: The Conflict Between Iran and America, Random House, 2004, ISBN 1-4000-6315-9.

In his highly influential book The Threatening Storm, bestselling author Kenneth Pollack both informed and .

THE PERSIAN PUZZLE The Conflict Between Iran and America. By Kenneth M. Pollack. 539 pp. Random House. WHEN "The Threatening Storm" came out in 2002, it caused a sensation. The author, a Brookings Institution scholar who had been a Central Intelligence Agency analyst and the director of Persian Gulf affairs on President Bill Clinton's National Security Council staff, offered a measured and thoughtful argument paralleling that of hard-liners in the administration of President George W. Bush. The subtitle of the book was "The Case for Invading Iraq.

Pollack talked about his book The Persian Puzzle: The Conflict Between Iran .

Pollack talked about his book The Persian Puzzle: The Conflict Between Iran and America, published by Random House. He discussed efforts by Iran to develop nuclear weapons, as well as a recent announcement that Iran has discontinued uranium enrichment. He responded to telephone calls, faxes, and electronic mail from viewers. Pollack talked about his book The Persian Puzzle: The Conflict Between Iran and America, published by Random House. Hosting Organization.

By Kenneth M. Pollack gives considerable attention to the pressing problem of trying to keep Iran from going nuclear: he lashes out against Washington's European allies for their "perfidy," accepts that Iran's rulers so badly need to present the United States as the existential enemy that a settlement is unlikely, and rejects pre-emptive military action against Iran, instead advocating a three-track diplomatic.

In his highly influential book The Threatening Storm, bestselling author Kenneth Pollack both informed and defined the national debate about Iraq. Now, in The Persian Puzzle, published to coincide with the twenty-fifth anniversary of the Iran hostage crisis, he examines the behind-the-scenes story of the tumultuous relationship between Iran and the United States, and weighs options for the future.Here Pollack, a former CIA analyst and National Security Council official, brings his keen analysis and insider perspective to the long and ongoing clash between the United States and Iran, beginning with the fall of the shah and the seizure of the American embassy in Tehran in 1979. Pollack examines all the major events in U.S.-Iran relations–including the hostage crisis, the U.S. tilt toward Iraq during the Iran-Iraq war, the Iran-Contra scandal, American-Iranian military tensions in 1987 and 1988, the covert Iranian war against U.S. interests in the Persian Gulf that culminated in the 1996 Khobar Towers terrorist attack in Saudi Arabia, and recent U.S.-Iran skirmishes over Afghanistan and Iraq. He explains the strategies and motives from American and Iranian perspectives and tells how each crisis colored the thinking of both countries’ leadership as they shaped and reshaped their policies over time. Pollack also describes efforts by moderates of various stripes to try to find some way past animosities to create a new dynamic in Iranian-American relations, only to find that when one side was ready for such a step, the other side fell short.With balanced tone and insight, Pollack explains how the United States and Iran reached this impasse; why this relationship is critical to regional, global, and U.S. interests; and what basic political choices are available as we deal with this important but deeply troubled country.

Comments: (7)

skriper
This book is now a decade old and thus some parts are not current and some commentary not relevant as to current political leadership. However the first two thirds of the book is a "must read" in my opinion. The book was recommended by a cruise ship lecturer and was a good recommendation. I am not in a position to evaluate the qualifications of the writer or the accuracy of the political history but I found the book fascinating, particularly between the history between 1825 and 1985. If you are interested in Persia/Iran, get this book.
Hellstaff
This book does an excellent job of examining several sets of influences and actors that shape have shaped Iranian policy toward the United States and US policy toward Iran. Scholarly and in-depth, this is clearly well researched and written from as dispassionate a point of view as can reasonably be expected from an expert. I recommend this book to any student of international politics and especially military officers.
Deorro
I have read Bout 70 pages of this book , I'm guessing. I guess this because I just pick up and read wherever in the book and different places in the book as long as it is the start of a new chapter. It covers the 1953 coup, the taking of the U.S. embassy, in 1979. Also the revolution in Iran that 10 percent of the Iranian population participated in. I am not able to read that well but I am able to grasp some of what is said in this book.
Skrimpak
This book is a great place to start to better understand current US/Iranian relations. The emphasis is on the last 50 years, but there is a brief overview of Iranian history starting in ancient times. The book is more than a history lesson as Pollock offers specific policy recommendations and analysis. Interestingly Pollock was an advocate for the Iraq war, but he argues against any military intervention in Iran at the current time. The book kept my attention but it is jam packed with information, so I found it somewhat slow going at times to digest it all. Highly recommended to gain a more informed view of the issues in Iran today.
Whitegrove
Good condition.
Ffan
Perfect condition, great book!
Zugar
I don't agree with everything Pollack puts forward in this book. However, I think he has the experience that warrants people giving him a fair shot. I consider myself a moderate and that's how Pollack comes across in this book. I also think that just because he was wrong about one thing (and his company in this group is quite vast), doesn't mean this book is not helpful.

I should say first that if you're expecting an Iranian history book, you should probably look elsewhere. There is a fair amount of history here, but the book's primary focus is documenting Iran's relationship with the U.S. Some reviewers below claim that Pollack's history is kind of murky. I haven't read enough about Iran to judge those statements, but Pollack has quite a long track record of dealing with Iran from inside the U.S. government, and as such his description and explanation of events goes a long way if you're tyring to understand Washington's policy towards Iraq.

One area where Pollack can be faulted I think is when he goes off on side talks about Iraq and how the U.S. was handling that country during the 90's. Now to be sure, Pollack is not the only author I've read that has done this, but that's no excuse, and also as someone working in the government he knows darn well that the U.S. was violating the spirit of the same UN resolutions at the same time Iraq was. The question this raises for me is "if he's not being fully honest about this, how reliable is he about Iran?" Well, the unfortunate answer is that we don't know how accurate all the information is that we get in books like this. It is our responsibility to read as much as possible and then try to determine the truth. Again, it's sad but true so get over it and read a few books. You'll be better off for it anyway.

Overall, I think Pollack has produced a good book. His recommendations for Iran are helpful and I really think he puts all the available options on the table and argues convincingly for what he thinks is best. Should you read other books about Iran? Yes. Is this one a bad place to start? No.
The Persian Puzzle: The Conflict Between Iran and America download epub
Humanities
Author: Kenneth Pollack
ISBN: 1400063159
Category: Other
Subcategory: Humanities
Language: English
Publisher: Random House; First Edition edition (November 2, 2004)
Pages: 576 pages