In 1979, seemingly overnight Iran became the first revolutionary theocracy in modern times.
Since then, the country has been a sinister presence looming over the West.
But inside Iran, a breath-taking drama has unfolded as religious thinkers, political operatives, poets, journalists and activists have imagined and reimagined what Iran should be.
This is their story, told by acclaimed journalist Laura Secor.
Essential reading, Children of Paradise will stand as a classic of political reporting; an indelible portrait of a nation and its people.