A Foreign Policy Magazine Book to Read in 2013. A reasoned, methodical critique of the ideological folklore that prevents Washington from setting up normal diplomatic relations with Tehran. The Leveretts make an ironclad case that President Barack Obama not only can, but must, go to Iran to establish normal diplomatic relations...Going to Tehran is likely the most important book on U.S. foreign policy in 2013.--The Washington Spectator. The most important work on the subject of U.S.-Iran relations thus far...Thanks to the Leveretts, opponents of U.S. policies of domination and intervention in the Middle East have a new and rich source of analysis to argue against those policies more effectively.--AntiWar.com. An unorthodox analysis of Iran and a scathing criticism of the US's foreign policy....US policy-makers need to hear criticisms like these.--Veterans Today. The Leveretts present a long and unrelenting history of incompetence and irrationality . . . from the U.S. side--Let's Try Democracy (blog)A sharply different deconstruction of the prevailing orthodoxy, worthy of attention.--Kirkus Reviews. One needn't agree with every word in Flynt and Hillary Mann Leverett's new book, Going to Tehran, to grasp its basic truth: U.S. Iran policy is delusional. To shatter this 'sorry Scheme of Things, as the Persian poet describes it, will require a U.S. President with courage, audacity and political skill. It will also require a plan not too different from what the Leveretts lay out.--Lawrence B. Wilkerson, former chief of staff to Secretary of State Colin Powell. This brilliant book eviscerates the American case for continued belligerence toward Iran. The evidence of an Iranian bomb is just not there, the Leveretts write, and American diplomacy should be focused on resolving the conflict, and not expanding it. There is a precedent --Nixon and Kissinger's stunning reversal of policy
About the Author
Flynt Leverett served at the National Security Council, State Department, and CIA, and is currently a professor of international affairs and law at Penn State. Hillary Mann Leverett served at the National Security Council and State Department and negotiated for the U.S. government with Iranian officials; she is now senior professorial lecturer at American University.Their writing has also appeared in the New York Times, Politico, Foreign Policy, and Washington Monthly, among other publications. They live in Northern Virginia.