For many years R. K. Ramazani has been writing on Iran, and especially on its foreign policies. He has been wise in interpreting the past and generally prescient about the future. In his latest work he gives a nuanced, lights-and-shadows picture of Khomeini's Islamic Republic, points to differences among its leaders, and illuminates Iran's role in the Middle East and the reactions of its rivals and neighbors under the impact of the war with Iraq. He calls particular attention to Iran's announced open-door policy toward the rest of the world, and criticizes Washington for ignoring it. But apparently some got the message, though perhaps in oversimplified form.