Not much history in the Sunday book pages today, but on the New Yorker book blog, Laura Secor recommends six essential books on Iran. Ranging from history to memoir to fiction, they are:
Roy Mottahedeh, The Mantle of the Prophet: Religion and Politics in Iran
Ali Rahnema, An Islamic Utopian: A Political Biography of Ali Shari’ati
Ervand Abrahamian, Tortured Confessions: Prisons and Public Recantations in Modern Iran
Afshin Molavi, The Soul of Iran: A Nation’s Journey to Freedom
Shirin Ebadi, Iran Awakening: A Memoir of Revolution and Hope, co-written with Azadeh Moaveni
Dalia Sofer, The Septembers of Shiraz
Secor's details about these interesting books are here.