Book Review: Ramita Navai, City of Lies: Love, Sex, Death, and the Search for Truth in Tehran, 2014, 320pp

Ramita Navai’s deep look at eight ordinary Tehranis offers a window into the nature of the Iranian state.….It’s a bit cliched to call Iran a land of paradox. We get it, you might say. It’s a complicated place—but every place is complicated if you look close enough.”    Navai’s book  demonstrates how complexities of Iranian society weakens the power of the state by resisting attempts to impose change from the above.  Good book,  everyone should read it.

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