The Root of Wild Madder: Chasing the History, Mystery and Lore of the Persian Carpet Hardcover – 5 Dec 2005
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"It is refreshing to read a book full of passion and without gimmickry or formulas. Brian Murphy's excitement about rugs sweeps you away and makes you want to travel -- and also want rugs. I couldn't put this book down."-- Mark Kurlansky, author of "Salt: A World History" and "Cod: A Biography of the Fish That Changed the World"
About the Author
Brian Murphy is the author of The New Men: Inside the Vatican's Elite School for American Priests. A foreign correspondent for the Associated Press since 1993, and the AP's international religion writer since 2004, he lives in Athens, Greece. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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Mr Murphy's book brought back to mind the years I spent in Iran in the seventies. These days, when asked which country I enjoyed teaching in the most, I always say 'Iran'. 'Iran?' people ask. 'Why?' 'The people,' I say. Now I should direct people to this book to explain better than I ever could why the people are so charming.. But it also very effectively tells truth to power, consigns the Axis of Evil nonsense to the battered one hundred and one dalmation rubbish bin (one of Mr Murphy's well-observed tiny, telling details) where it belongs. It will also cause me to look at my own rugs in a whole new spiritual light.
I read this on my Kindle. Be aware that there are lots of photographs in the book. They are tacked on to the end of the text, after the index and chapter references, and are not done justice by the Kindle, If I had my time over again, I'd have shelled out the little bit extra on the hard copy.
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