Vice Admiral Mark Fox, commander of the US Fifth Fleet that was in the news over the holidays due to Iran’s threats to close the Strait of Hormuz, recommends the GU Press book Immortal: A Military History of Iran and Its Armed Forces by Steven Ward to his officers in the region. The only single-volume English-language survey of Iran’s military history, Immortal shows that Iran’s soldiers, from the famed “Immortals” of ancient Persia to today’s Revolutionary Guard, have demonstrated through the centuries that they should not be underestimated. This history also provides background on the nationalist, tribal, and religious heritages of the country to help readers better understand Iran and its security outlook. Fox’s recommendation was recently featured in Time.com’s Battleland blog. The full list of recommended reading can be found on the Fifth Fleet’s website.