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Digging Deeper XXXIX will examine four recent books on U.S.-Iran relations::  Trita Parsi's Treacherous Alliance: The Secret Dealings of Israel, Iran, and the United States (Yale UP, 2007); Scott Ritter’s Target Iran: The Truth about the White House’s Plans for Regime Change (Nation Books, 2006); Barbara Slavin’s Bitter Friends, Bosom Enemies: Iran, the U.S., and the Twisted Path to Confrontation (St. Martin’s Press, 2007); and Ray Takeyh’s Hidden Iran: Paradox and Power in the Islamic Repubilc (Times Books, 2006).  --  Digging Deeper meets Mondays from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Mandolin Café in Tacoma....

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WHAT:  Digging Deeper XXXIX: U.S.-Iran Relations
WHO:  Led by Mark Jensen
WHEN:  Monday, November 26 and December 3, 10, & 17, 2007 -- 7:00 p.m.-8:30 p.m.
WHERE:  Mandolin Café, 3923 South 12th St., Tacoma, WA 98405

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United for Peace
of Pierce County (WA)
Study Circle:
November 26 and December 3, 10, & 17, 2007
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DIGGING DEEPER XXXIX: U.S.-Iran Relations

In 2005, Digging Deeper XVI and XVII examined two groups of books on Iranian history and society.  As the U.S.-Iran crisis intensifies two years later, Digging Deeper XXXIX now takes a closer look at the history of U.S.-Iran relations, the subject of a number of important recent volumes.

— Trita Parsi, Treacherous Alliance: The Secret Dealings of Israel, Iran, and the United States (Yale University Press, 2007):  "This book traces the shifting relations among Israel, Iran, and the United States from 1948 to the present, uncovering for the first time the details of secret alliances, treacherous acts, and unsavory political maneuverings that have undermined Middle Eastern stability and disrupted U.S. foreign policy initiatives in the region. Trita Parsi, a U.S. foreign policy expert with more than a decade of experience, is the only writer who has access to senior American, Iranian, and Israeli decison makers. He dissects the complicated triangular relations of their countries, arguing that America’s hope for stability in Iraq and for peace in Israel is futile without a correct understanding of the Israeli-Iranian rivalry. Parsi’s behind-the-scenes revelations about Middle East events will surprise even the most knowledgeable readers." —Book description.

— Scott Ritter, Target Iran: The Truth about the White House’s Plans for Regime Change (Nation Books, 2006):  "In his latest exposé, Ritter trains his inspector’s eyes on Iran, meticulously analyzing the rhetoric about Tehran beginning with the first Bush presidency when Dick Cheney was secretary of defense, then skeptically parsing the protracted, politically tangles wrangling over Iran’s nuclear program, and vehemently objecting to what he sees as excessive American alignment with Israel" —BookList.

—Barbara Slavin, Bitter Friends, Bosom Enemies: Iran, the U.S., and the Twisted Path to Confrontation (St. Martin’s Press, 2007):  "Without losing sight of the brutality with which the Islamic Republic was established—and is often maintained—Slavin skillfully presents its surprisingly multifaceted culture and political establishment, where mullahs are sometimes on the side of reform, and Western-minded businessmen might support systematic corruption and repression. The driving theme, however, is one of decades of missed opportunities, on both sides, to achieve rapprochement." —Publishers Weekly.

—Ray Takeyh, Hidden Iran: Paradox and Power in the Islamic Republic (Times Books, 2006):  "In this well-constructed sketch of American-Iranian relations, Takeyh (senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations) critiques the U.S.’s unnuanced approach to Iran since its 1979 revolution as well as the failure of successive administrations to note that decades of sanctions and containment haven’t significantly changed Iranian behavior. A picture emerges of a complex society marked by cultural struggle and compromise, as Takeyh criticizes the perception of Iranian politics as monolithic." —Book cover.

MEETING SCHEDULE -- Mondays from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Mandolin Café, 3923 S. 12th St., Tacoma, WA.

No charge for participation. Some copies available for loan or sale. Contact: Mark Jensen (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; 253-756-7519).

Regular meetings of United for Peace of Pierce County are held at 6:30 p.m. on 1st Thursdays and at 7:00 p.m. on 3rd Thursdays at First Congregational Church, 209 S. “J” St., Tacoma, WA.

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United for Peace
of Pierce County (WA)
Study Circle:
November 26 and December 3, 10, & 17, 2007
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