Make that rating 3.5 stars. This book's effort to examine the rise of Iranian natoinalism in terms of land and cartography are unique. The author takes the "Map" of Anderson's "Census, Map, and Museum" and runs with it. The *frictions* on its borders arising from international intrigue, from the Qajars to the Pahlavis, set the stage for *fictions* of nationality and unity. Of course, as any specific book like this would be, it can be quite dry. At no time is it @ all exhilirating. I would recommend it only for those highly interested in studying modern Iran and how modern historiography is to be applied to examining its birth.