Davoud Tehrani, PhD, is a writer and sociologist. Before earning his PhD in sociology from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York, he received a B.S. in horticulture from the University of Ahwaz, Iran. Dr. Tehrani has written numerous fiction and non-fiction books and articles in Persian, including Figurine, Negative Aspects of Punishment, Angel of Hell and most recently, The Story of Human Sciences. Besides writing and gardening, Dr. Tehrani enjoys teaching sociology, formerly at the College of Staten Island and currently at Westchester Community College.
In this collection of oral histories collected by college students from elders in their own family circles, people from all over the world described lives that were more in harmony with nature in a time before mass production and mass consumption. The youth learned that it is not possessions that determine the good life, but community and relationships.