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Between Two Worlds: Escape from Tyranny: Growing Up in the Shadow of Saddam Hardcover – 6 Oct 2005


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  • Hardcover: 295 pages
  • Publisher: Gotham Books (6 Oct 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1592401562
  • ISBN-13: 978-1592401567
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 14.7 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,648,238 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By R. Macdonald on 22 July 2009
Format: Paperback
I have just finished this book. It is really so well written and gives a good background on the days of Iraq under the Saddam regime. The author is likeable and paints a very sad picture of the lives of those close to Saddam> Great book well worth a read!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Linnéa Sara Jenner on 7 Feb 2013
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I don't think you can make any clearer the cost war and tyranny has for the individual. Not only for the writer herself, but we get vivid portrayals of other people as well, and you can glimpse from the author's perspective how it impacts them.

One of it's strongest points is how the author thinks of what she has gone through. It is deeply human that she lacks perspective of self. She asks in the book why the victims are not more open to talk about what has happened to them, why their culture holds them back. All the while answering the question herself, throughout the whole book she explains how she herself holds back from telling for various reasons what has happened to her, reasons which have nothing to do with culture at all. So at times she can explain clearly why and how there really isn't a cultural difference in reactions to certain events, but at other times it escapes her because some things we just don't want to see. In that, it really gives an insight into the psychology of war.

Not that this was what I was expecting to gain from the book as she was from a privileged family. Don't read it if you're the type of person who gets upset by reading of the realities of war. Had I known she would detail such things before buying it I would probably not have bought it. Not that I'm trying to dissuade the sensitive reader.

A very impactful book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Sarah Hope on 17 Oct 2010
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This is a compelling book which had me in floods of tears. It's a fascinating insight into how a dictator manages to remain in power for so long and how the Iraqi people were powerless to do anything about Saddam Hussein's tyranny.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Suejim126 on 5 Dec 2012
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Great book could not put it down once I started reading it. This lady make you realise what a boring life you have had compared to things that have happened to her. Very inspiring and uplifting.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Cynthia Danute Cekauskas, LCSW on 8 May 2012
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Quite honestly I did not know about this book until I learned about it while reading NBC correspondent Don Teague's book Saved by Her Enemy: An Iraqi Woman's Journey from the Heart of War to the Heartland of America. In the former the author wrote about a young Iraqui woman turned translator he helped save from certain death while she was employed helping Americans in her native country. BETWEEN TWO WORLDS:ESCAPE FROM TYRANNY;GROWING UP IN THE SHADOW OF SADDAM is a remarkable book written by an Iraqui woman herself. Unlike Teague's translator, who came from more humble beginnings, the author of this book was born into privilege, the daughter of Saddam Hussein's former personal pilot. You would not have expected to have such a woman end up championing the cause of many abused women. It took being raped by her husband of an arranged marriage to inspire the author to passionately start helping women like herself.

As the book jacket informs us the author, Zainab Salbi, is the founder and president of Women for Women International, "a nonprofit organization providing women survivors to move from crisis to stability and build peace one woman at a time." Salbi is a very intelligent and highly educated woman holding degrees from George Mason University and the London School of Economics. She wrote the book in conjunction with Laurie Becklund, "an award-winning Los Angeles journalist and author...A former LOS ANGELES TIMES reporter, she wrote the first story about Salbi in 1991, when Zainab was a young woman stranded in America due to the Gulf War." It is at that time the author had just left her abusive husband and found herself unable to return to her native country.
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