Goes Undercover in Her Search for the Heart of Iran
09.07.06, 5:21 AM ET
MONICA, Calif., Sept. 7 /PRNewswire/ -- As the
United States and Iran engage in a battle of wills
over Hezbollah, nuclear weapons and sanctions, would
you like to give your audience a sense of
on-the-ground reality? Would you like to provide
them with snapshots of everyday Iranians?
Then talk to Amanda
For two weeks in August,
Roraback, a Santa Monica author who has analyzed the
world's hot spots in a series of "Nutshell" books,
traveled through Iran interviewing ordinary Iranians
about Iran's president, Ahmadinejad, their views on
America and the war on Lebanon, gender roles,
religion, Israel and much more.
Roraback found young
Iranians (the vast majority of the population)
struggling to keep up with their modern counterparts
in the west. She found businessmen fretting over the
status of their investments under the looming
specter of war. She found even religious Iranians
worrying that their regime, which uses Islam as a
tool to rule, is causing people to turn away from
"On the surface, life in
Iran looks quite good," Roraback said. "Most people
have cell phones, cars and relatively unfettered
internet access. The stores are full with products
from the West, people go to movies, on vacations, to
parties. And yet, behind the facade, there was an
aura of desperation and frustration. 'We are waiting
for a miracle' I was told by one Iranian, 'the
situation will change in increments,' said another.
One man even posited that Iranians 'pretend to be
Roraback was traveling
under cover: both physically hidden under the
legally required scarf and manteau (thigh-length
coat), and figuratively entering as a British
tourist. The "disguise" got her into the country and
in contact with ordinary people living in a half a
She is available for
interviews about her experiences and her "Nutshell"
books, which range from Israel to Palestine to
Pakistan to the Islamic religion.
For more details on the
Nutshell Notes series of books visit www.enisen.com.
Roraback is a public
speaker and the author of "Iraq in a Nutshell,"
"Afghanistan in a Nutshell" (both Los Angeles Times
best sellers), "Iran in a Nutshell," "Islam in a
Nutshell," "Pakistan in a Nutshell," and
"Israel-Palestine in a Nutshell," (the first
flip-book offering two perspectives on the Middle
Also read first-hand
accounts of her trip from her blog (http://www.enisen.com/Iranblog-day1.html).
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