Ferdowsi's Indie Spy Thriller Mushroom in the Sand Used in Vanderbilt Political Science Course to Explore Iranian Nuclear Threat

NASHVILLE, Tenn., Oct. 5, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Mushroom in the Sand, an international spy thriller set against the backdrop of Iran's alleged clandestine nuclear weapons program, has been included in the reading list for a course in International Politics at the prestigious Vanderbilt University. (Course: PSCI 102 Introduction to International Politics.)

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Professor Klint Alexander, who teaches courses in International Law and Politics at Vanderbilt, decided to adopt the indie-published novel for his course after reading it himself. "Though a work of fiction, Mushroom in the Sand illuminates the very real and very serious global debate currently raging over Iran's nuclear intentions," said Alexander. "Farsheed Ferdowsi weaves a narrative rich in Iranian culture, history, politics, spy-craft, and intrigue in his novel that is at once entertaining and educational."

Ferdowsi, an Iranian-American who immigrated to the USA in 1973, spent almost seven years researching and writing the novel. "I tried to take readers inside a clandestine world which lies just beyond the newspaper headlines and media spotlight," he explains. "In developing the storyline I was to certain extent influenced by events in my own life and used personal experiences in developing some of the characters, places and events."

Ferdowsi published the book on Amazon last year and it received excellent reviews. The book recently made the Amazon Bestseller lists in two different genres, Spy Thrillers and Action/Adventure.

Mushroom in the Sand is available for purchase at Amazon.com in hardback, paperback and Kindle formats. For review copies or interview requests contact: Sandi Hale 615-921-0600 (shale@inovapayroll.com.) To learn more about Mushroom in the Sand, visit: www.mushroominthesand.com

About the Author

Farsheed Ferdowsi was born in Tehran, Iran. He was educated as an engineer at Vanderbilt University and University of California at Berkley. He has been a successful entrepreneur, lecturer and business consultant. But writing has always been his passion. He is the founder, President and CEO of Inova Payroll, Inc. in Nashville, Tennessee.

About Klint Alexander

Professor Alexander is a partner and solicitor at Wyatt Tarrant & Combs, where he practices international commercial litigation and government affairs. He has been a senior lecturer in Vanderbilt's Department of Political Science since 2004. Professor Alexander earned his law degree at the University of Virginia. He has served as assistant to former U.S. Secretary of Defense Harold Brown at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, D.C., and special assistant for external relations to Yale University President Howard Lamar. He earned his Bachelor's degree in history at Yale University and earned his Masters and doctorate in International Relations at the University of Cambridge, England. Professor Alexander is also the President of the United Nations Association, Nashville Cordell Hull Chapter—the oldest UN-affiliated organization in the world, formed two weeks before the UN Charter was signed in San Francisco in 1945.

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SOURCE Farsheed Ferdowsi