At the height of the Cold War a young American teaches in provincial Iran, near the Russian border. His students reveal their inner selves, their struggles to be modern, while still caught in ancient Persian traditions. Hailed as a travel book in the great tradition, the Chicago Tribune called it a delicious rarity that one is sorry to finish but happy to recommend, and the London Sunday Telegraph : Observant and often poignant, it is profound in its questions. The New York Times Book Review: An urbane and well-written account . Mr. Harnack has eminently succeeded.