Thoroughly enjoyed this book. It was a nice tie into my summer 'trilogy'...The History of Iran (mega book, begins at 600 B.C.), and All the Shah's Men. These three together made for a nice primer on an area of the world I want to know more about. So glad I read all three. The Persian culture is made of a beautiful, passionate people with an amazing, long history. Shame on so many cultures who took advantage of this agrarian society for way too many decades/centuries!