America and Iran

Pages: 688
Subject: History
Imprint: Oneworld

America and Iran

The Long and Winding Road, from 1720 to the Present

John Ghazvinian

An epic history revealing how the US and Iran went from allies to adversaries over three hundred years
9781786079473 (1 Oct 2020)
RRP £35.00

The Book

In the eighteenth century, Thomas Jefferson and John Quincy Adams greatly admired the Persian Empire, while Iranians regarded America as an ideal their own government might emulate. Beginning there, how did they become the enemies they are today?

In this rich, fascinating history, John Ghazvinian traces the complex story of relations between these two powers. Drawing on years of research conducted in both countries - including access to Iranian government archives rarely available to Western scholars - he leads us through the four seasons of US-Iranian relations: the spring of mutual fascination; the summer of early interactions; the autumn of close, strategic ties; and the long, dark winter of hate. A revealing account, America and Iran lays bare when, where and how it all went wrong - and why it didn't have to be this way.

Additional Information

Subject History
Pages 688
Imprint Oneworld


About the Author

John Ghazvinian is a historian at the University of Pennsylvania. He was born in Iran, raised in London and Los Angeles, and has a doctorate in history from the University of Oxford. He is the author of Untapped: The Scramble for Africa's Oil and he has written for the Sunday Times, New Statesman, Slate and The Nation. He lives in Philadelphia.


‘An important, urgently needed book - a hugely ambitious, illuminating portrait of the two-centuries-long entwined histories of Iran and America, and the first book to examine, in all its aspects, the rich and fraught relations between these two powers.'

- Kirkus