About Roya Hakakian
“Carefully researched and vividly written, In addition to being a lively account of an extraordinary trial, Roya Hakakian’s book can be read as an unsettling reminder of the dangers of excessive zeal.”
The New York Times Sunday Book Review Editors’ Choice
To be a guest at the very place I had been taught to revile as a teenager in post-revolutionary Iran, to walk the halls of the universally feared agency seemed revolutionary indeed.
A Cappuccino With the C.I.A.
As an Iranian Jew, human rights activist, journalist and poet, she is the consummate Renaissance woman with a unique insider/outsider take on the internal and external challenges posed by the Iranian theo/thugocracy.
Jay L. Rubin, Chief Executive Officer Jewish Federation of Greater Austin
A frequent guest on several TV programs, Roya has spoken both about her books and about Iran as it pertains to Iranian youth, the Iranian Jewish community, and revolution. You can find her clips in both Persian and English.
Roya has lent her expertise to several radio stations, including NPR’s 1a, where she recently spoke on the Iranian Revolution and if U.S. President Donald Trump can reasonably be called a fascist.
Roya has been an honored guest at events throughout the United States, and will weigh in on cultural solutions to crises in the Middle East this upcoming October.