Let the Swords Encircle Me: Iran--A Journey Behind the Headlines by Scott Peterson
Based on more than 30 visits to Iran over the last 15 years, Christian Science Monitor Middle East correspondent Scott Peterson has penned this authoritative account. Mixing original reportage with history, he recounts the history of US-Iranian relations, President Khatami's rise and fall, the rise of President Ahmadinejad, and 2009's Green Movement. Perhaps most important is Peterson's portrayal of the often internally divided Iranians as being united in opposition to foreign control or attacks. Let the Swords Encircle Me should be on every US policymaker's shortlist.