Undercover Historian Returns From Iran - Citizens Sour On Ahmadinejad


SANTA MONICA, Calif., Sept. 27 - Historian and bestselling author Amanda Roraback, just recently returning from a fact finding mission in Iran, says: "the Iranians are fed up." Roraback visits the world's hot spots and maintains close contacts with informed sources in the regions. The author new direction is to quickly provide a condensed, unfiltered analysis in the book series: "Nutshell Notes" - history in a hurry per se. Roraback has just returned from Iran after interviewing ordinary Iranians regarding their position on their president, Ahmadinejad.

        Amanda was traveling under cover: both physically hidden under the legally required scarf and manteau (thigh-length coat), and figuratively entering as a British tourist (she has a dual citizenship). The "disguise" got her into the country and in contact with ordinary people living in a half a dozen cities.         

        The author found young Iranians (the vast majority of the population) have soured on Ahmadinejad - feeling he is not making good on his campaign promises. He won the office by promising to create new jobs, improve Iran's weak economy and aiding the poor - none of which has happened. By in large, the prevailing sentiment is that Ahmadinejad, after taking office, opted to focus his attention on developing the international perception of Iran as a world power rather than making good on his promises to the people of Iran.

        Ahmadinejad's political posturing forces many Iranians to struggle to survive. "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 happy.'"

        Roraback found affluent Iranians straining 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 their faith.
        Roraback can give your audience a fresh, unfiltered behind the scene view of Iran and her people like no one else can. Amanda just recently returned from Iran, and keeps in close contact with her knowledgeable sources in the region. As the tensions between the United States and Iran ratchet-up, keep you audience up-to-date with first hand accounts of the on-the-ground reality. The author is available for interviews.


        CREDENTIALS: Roraback is a media pro (website) - she's been a guest on national/local TV and radio shows; C-SPAN, Voice of America and FOX 11 News to name just a few. She is also a professional public speaker and the author of the timely and popular "Nutshell Notes" book series that includes: "Iraq in a Nutshell," "Afghanistan in a Nutshell" (both Los Angeles Times best sellers), "Islam in a Nutshell," "Pakistan in a Nutshell," "Israel-Palestine in a Nutshell," (the first flip-book offering two perspectives on the Middle East crisis) and newly published "Iran in a Nutshell" (Enisen Publishing August 2006 ISBN (10-digit) 0-9763070-1-4 (13-digit) 978-0-9763070-1-3). Amanda earned her BA and MA in History at California State University. Her PhD. in History from UCLA was well within her grasp when Amanda felt compelled to write about the history she was living in as apposed to studying it.


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