If you're looking for an easily accessible quick read about this important part of the world ... this is it, an historical overview of a significant country taking us right up until the present day. This is a must read for anyone wishing to understand Iran.
I like this book very much. A lot has been written about St Paul most of which is unintelligible, too long or frankly boring. This 'In brief' series addresses all these problems for busy people like me. I particularly like the maps as well, they are very useful for giving the geograpical/historical context.