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  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam; New Ed edition (1 Oct. 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553816403
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553816402
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 2.5 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 86,347 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A captivating book." (Daily Express)

"An astonishing read." (Woman's Own)

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Iraqi woman's true story of life inside Saddam Hussein's torture prisons, by the bestselling author of PRINCESS

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This is a well-written true story about a woman called Mayada who lived in Iraq throughout the rule of Saddam Hussein. It vividly describes the privileged position Mayada had in a rich Iraqui family, and through this, how she went from being one of Saddam's 'favoured' to being thrown into one of his many torture prisons.

Despite the author being obviously pro-US throughout the book, it is very well written book and depicts Mayada's life with dignity and respect.

The only downfall of this book is that there are so many books on sale at the moment that are 'true stories' about people's plights in difficult situations. This book could be easily overlooked because of this, which is a great shame.
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I found this book very interesting to read. Especially the episodes in the prison regarding the reasons' why Iraqi people were taken into prison.

Mayada life and aspects into the introduction of her family were excellent. I feel one needs to learn about the aspects and privelages a person has and how they deal with things their own way. The insight into the Sadam Hussian political system was interesting and very sad at times. This is just a small chapter in what went on in Iraq under sadam. It will be interesting to see how other people and families suffered in Iraq.

I found this book to be a smooth read. This was one of those hard to eplain books-that have a meaning that goes beyond certain adgenda's and political cruelty when playing games becomes normal for the people that give the pain. For the receiver it becomes the pain of leaving children, parents, siblings behind and getting roped into a political system that never seems to end.
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From a western perspective, 12 years on from the invasion of Iraq, we are only just starting to learn more of what life was like under the long brutal tyranny of Saddam Hussein's Ba'athist regime. Jean Sasson's book is a valuable contribution to how women were treated. Mayada comes from a well-connected and wealthy family who played a pivotal role in the founding of Arab nationalism and, subsequently, in Iraqi politics. Mayada's story, particularly through the women she meets, highlights just how grinding daily life was for so many Iraqis under the deadly combination of Saddam's psychopathic regime, years of sanctions and relentless wars: the murmur of protest impossible without risking the attention of the secret police, and their assorted instruments of torture, not just into the protester but into his or her's family. Although Ms Sasson's prose can sometimes verge on the breathless, the heart of her book beats strongly, and with great commitment, to give a voice through Mayada's own story to the many innocent women holed-up in Baghdad's prison with little hope of release or even long-term survival. Mayada's own published writings (which I would have liked to have read in greater detail) attract the interest of both Saddam Hussein and, in a different way, the notorious Chemical Ali, Saddam's cousin and his ruthless 'head of security'. The descriptions of Mayada's meetings with both men are a chilling reminder of what power without accountability looks like. The scale of the sadism and cruelty is breathtaking. No one is exempt. Although Sasson wrote this book soon after the Coalition invasion it stands the test of time and is an
important contribution to bringing more women's voices to the forefront of recent history. As Mayada's much-loved grandfather summed-up: 'history never sleeps...' The tragedy for Iraq is that while Saddam and Chemical Ali and Uday Hussein may all be dead, their tried-and-tested regime of terror lives on unabated.
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Jean Sasson has produced a book which is very graphic and quite disturbing in parts, as to the life of those under the regime of Saddam Hussain. Mayada has continuity of circumstances and events with no holds barred. It conveys a sense of the ultimate macabre and evil that any human being can not even begin to understand. This is the first reading of a particular woman's life in either Iraq or Afghanistan, in being interested in the particular culture and lifestyle with regard to the teachings of the Q'uran. There is, as this book (Mayada),conveys, something sadly amiss, in the way human beings are treated and particularly women, being second class citizens, under those that see fit to treat their citizens as such in the name of Allah. Mayada is a compelling read and certainly puts a different light on the subject of those being holier than thou from the teachings of the Q'uran. Well worth reading, if only as a matter of interest or part of studies in humanity.
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By A Customer on 9 Jan. 2004
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This book broke my heart and blew my mind.
It also made sense of what my family and I lived through for 25 years in Iraq from 1964 to 1988 better than any other book I have read and , believe me, I have read them all!
We too were members of Alwiyah Club and knew Salwa, God bless her soul. I believe that I worked briefly with Mayada as a journalist when a sub-editor for the English Language magazine Iraq Today.

Every word rings true.
One Friday we enjoyed a family and friends picnic in the country on the banks of the Tigris. By the following Friday one of our friends was dead, imprisoned and executed without reason.
We always used to say that everyone we knew had either been in prison, was currently in prison or would soon be in prison and this book proves it. It tells you what it was really like living in a crazy world of repression and constant fear.
We tried hard to protect our children from it and at times they blame me for uprooting them ( like Ali, without allowing them to say goodbye to their friends). I will make sure that they read this book and tell them this is why I did what I did.
We were shocked to read about the suffering of Dr Showkeit from whom we bought land to build our first home. He was a true patriot and served his country like no other. His grandson was a close friend of my son but as is the case with so many people, we have lost touch as a result of the diaspora of the Iraqis which has so blighted that ancient land of talented and cultured people.
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