Shahnameh (The Book of Kings) by Abolqasem Ferdowsi
For those interested in ancient history, this book is a must read. A mixture of myth and truth it traces the history of the Persian empire until the Arab invasion of the 7th century
Iran Between Two Revolutions by Ervand Abrahamian
This provides a comprehensive view of Iranian modern history between 1905 till 1979. It looks at the changing nature of society and politics in this time.
All the Shah’s Men: An American Coup and the Roots of Middle Eastern Terror by Stephen Kinzer
A historical overview of the coup in 1953 against elected leader Mohammed Mossadeqh with the support of the CIA and how that laid the basis for hostility between Iran and the US
The Poems of Hafiz
Poetry has played a larger role in Iranian life than literature and there is a great of love for the classics of Persian poetry. Hafiz is amongst the most popular, with his tomb visited by millions in Shiraz.