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City of Lies: Love, Sex, Death, and the Search for Truth in Tehran

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Emmy-Award winning journalist and reporter Ramita Navai uncovers the passions of ordinary Iranians forced to live extraordinary lives: Mullahs who visit prostitutes; skinny jeans and Converse sneakers under black chadors;  the porn star, the aging socialite, the assassin and enemy of the state who ends up working for the Republic, the volunteer religious militiaman who undergoes a sex change, the dutiful housewife who files for divorce, and the old-time thug running a gambling den. Culled from her time working as an undercover journalist in Tehran, Navai exposes the startling realities of lives lived behind a veil of necessary falsehoods within the Islamic Republic of Iran.

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Ramita Navai is a British-Iranian journalist and reporter who has reported from over 30 different countries, including Sudan, Afghanistan, Egypt, Nigeria, El Salvador, and Zimbabwe. She was awarded an Emmy for her undercover report from Syria. She has also worked as a journalist for the United Nations in Pakistan, northern Iraq and Iran, and was the Tehran correspondent for The Times from 2003 to 2006.

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