-- Scotland on Sunday
'Michael Axworthy's deft untangling of the country's history, from the advent of Zoroastrianism to the 1979 revolution, is a stunning achievement'
'More gripping than a novel ... Empire of the Mind's account of Iran today and the challenges it faces is worth a thousand documentaries and newspaper briefing articles' -- Robert Irwin, Prospect
'The best single-volume introduction to Iranian history' -- New Statesman
'[An] excellent short history' -- Daily Telegraph