Bitter Friends, Bosom Enemies: Iran, the U.S., and the Twisted Path to Confrontation

In the past 40 years, Iran-US-relationship, negotiation, agreement, and tensions are one of the most frequent news headlines. Barbara Slavin was heavily engaged in reporting the last 30 years event. She visited Iran numerous times and interviewed many major players in Iran’s political arena. She masterfully described the challenges and political fight of Iranian politicians and examine them through the lens of history and other nation’s experiences.

Her description of US-Iran relationship is very interesting, where she described it as the relationship between a married couple who went through a bitter and painful

divorce, where “these two countries may never get back together with the same intimacy but they may have knowledge that they have wronged each other and learn to interact in a less destructive way”. Although this book is published in 2007, however, it sounds fresh and resonates with most of today’s situation.

I enjoyed reading this book and hope that she writes another one!


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