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Then They Came for Me [Kindle Edition]

Maziar Bahari
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'A profound, yet intimate insight into modern day Iran. This is a book that reveals both the beauty, history and love that is Iran, and the horror and hatred that infects some of those who seek to dominate it. A wonderful book.' --Jon Snow, Channel 4 News

'What makes Bahari's account so readable is not only his sense of fair play - he tries to understand the motivations of the regime, and of his torturer - but also his keen sense of fun and humour.' --The Sunday Times

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Maziar Bahari left London in June 2009 to cover Iran's presidential election, believing he d return to his pregnant fiancée, Paola, in just a few days, a week at most. In fact he would spend the next three months in Iran's most notorious prison, enduring brutal interrogation sessions while terrible threats were made to his family. Gripping and masterfully told, Then They Came for Me delves into Iran's history of oppression, and details how the democratic impulses of the youth are violently oppressed by a government that grows ever more totalitarian. An intimate account of contemporary Iran, it is also the moving story of one family's extraordinary courage in the face of repression.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 701 KB
  • Print Length: 386 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1851688935
  • Publisher: Oneworld Publications (13 Jan 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S. r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006X2BBY8
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #91,011 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Compelling and moving 17 Mar 2012
By M. D. Holley TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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This is a wonderful book, which operates on several levels.

If you take it simply as a story, then you'll find it a jolly good read. Maziar's life, his family history, his adventures in prison, his family's courage, and his ultimate deliverance - all this makes a riveting, satisfying and very moving story.

Secondly, if you are interested in international relations and the recent history of Iran, then the book also provides a fascinating and unique insight.

And finally, the book provides a glimpse of how delusional people can become if they are brainwashed and deprive themselves of contact with the outside world. Through the questions he asks, Maziar's prison interrogator reveals his beliefs and understanding of the west. The picture of the west this man carries around with him is truly astonishing, and this especially applies to his understanding of relations between the sexes.

Worth reading for any one of these aspects alone. But put them together and you have a winner. Thoroughly recommended.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Compelling and ultimately inspiring 27 Mar 2012
By mcsmall
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Terry Waite was quoted as saying that the real prisoners were those who held him captive.The same applies to this compelling account of a journalist being held without trial and facing interrogation on trumped up charges.He calls his interrogator Rosewater, and his description of this man, who is locked in a world of paranoid conspiracy theories recalls Terry Waite's words.The writing is superb and one heart goes out to Bahari in a way that recalls Solzehnitzin and Primo Levi.Highly recommended.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing Insight - Thank You 10 April 2012
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I have had previous little interest in Iran or it's affairs. I first heard some extracts on Radio 4 (book of the week) and became captivated. I loved the interplay between prisoner and capture.
The book does go into some details about recent Iranian history, which may deter some, however I found it well explained and I'm now glued to any media reports about Iran. He gets arrested and that's when it gets interesting. The mind-games are compelling, but what really stands out is the complete ignorance of the torturer and the system. Let me point out, it's not quite electrodes attached to genitals, but the author is a brave man. It also highlights the fine line foreign journalists tread when reporting in horrible regimes.
Finally, I would like to thank Mr Bahari for opening my eyes.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspirational 30 April 2012
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Journalist Maziar Bahari returned to Iran to cover the 2009 elections. At home in London, his pregnant fiancée Paola believed he'd return within a few days later, as did Bahari. But what transpired was a nightmare of brutal interrogations in Iran's most notorious prison, Evin. Accused of espionage and treason, Bahari was imprisoned and brutally abused by his captors during his three-month incarceration.

This story is absolutely compelling. There are so many strands to this story - Bahari details his family history in a country that has been blighted by oppression, paranoia and anger. His history and description of the issues that have haunted Iran are detailed and interesting and his depictions of people he has known are lively.

'Then They Came for Me' is an inspirational story of the strength of the human spirit and how love can overcome the worst circumstances imaginable.

It is a must-read.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Important Read! 19 Mar 2012
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First I have to tell you that I got a copy of this book through GoodReads First Reads Giveaways, in exchange for an honest review. (This review is all my own opinion!)

As soon as I discovered this book I knew it was important for me to read it. I found it was a very emotional experience. I cannot remember the last time I have read anything that made me cry so much or so angry. Although I wish that Mr Bahari and his family did not have to suffer this horrific experience, I am so grateful that when he survived the ordeal, he had the courage to tell his story.

I feel this book is important because he explains the modern history of Iran in an accessible way, using the very personal examples of his own family. I certainly now have a much better understanding of the real story behind the headlines of recent years. And an enormous appreciation for the rights and freedoms I take for granted living in England that Iranians simple do not have!

From page 307 "The Islamic regime was still worried about its image in the world".

I say, if you do not do anything you are ashamed of, you have nothing to be worried about!

I really hope Iran can find a peaceful solution. To end all the suffering and become a fantastic example of a great Islamic democracy.

World leaders all take note of Page 319:

"nothing good can be achieved through violence. Nothing"!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A superb read 14 April 2012
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Surprised that there are so few reviews here for 'Then They Came For Me', but I have to say it was an excellent read, particularly the long mid-section which deals with Maziar's ordeal in Evin prison. Bahari conveys the sheer horror of being at the mercy of an irrational, paranoid and repressive regime in a book which proves to be gripping, frightening, sad, touching and sometimes blackly funny. The picture of Iran that emerges is a deeply depressing one, but despite his experiences Bahari still has hope for peaceful change in that unhappy country.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting.
I'm still working my way through this book. It's interesting but I am finding it quite hard to get through. Very political. Would still recommend it though.
Published 12 months ago by mrs joanne barrett
4.0 out of 5 stars 118 days surviving
Inspiring story of an Iranian journalist who refused to be broken by torture after being held for 118 days after documenting protests in Tehran in 2009 & survived to spotlight... Read more
Published 15 months ago by Ryan Gracey
5.0 out of 5 stars BRILLIANT
Really well written, gives a good fair overview of the politics and key figures in Iran as well as a gripping recall of his experience in the notorious Tehran jail. Read more
Published 16 months ago by GALE
4.0 out of 5 stars And then they came for me
Excellent read. Covered the background to the revolution and present day Iran. Riveting read and eady to absorb the details.
Published 18 months ago by Neil Mac
4.0 out of 5 stars Good style - interesting
The book is written in easy plain English. Story is easy to follow. Would have voted 5 stars if author would have shown a bit more a critic approach when it comes to the... Read more
Published 20 months ago by Alex
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book
Excellent book, gives a very good account on what happened during the 2009 Iranian presidential elections, gives political insight, and is very interesting to read -- I couldn't... Read more
Published 21 months ago by John
5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant
This is a really good book but you need to be interested in the politics of Iran to really appreciate it. Read more
Published 22 months ago by Paul Tillson
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