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For the Love of a Child Paperback – October, 1993

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Mahmoody's sequel to her bestselling Not Without My Daughter , a Literary Guild/Doubleday Book Club selection in cloth, details her efforts, in the aftermath of her dramatic rescue of her child, to become an advocate for other parents whose children have been stolen.
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Those who empathized with Mahmoody's thrilling account of her harrowing escape from Iran, where her marriage deprived her of the protection of U.S. law ( Not Without My Daughter , LJ 11/1/87), will want to read this sequel. After returning to the United States, Mahmoody found that her experience was far from unique--that a multitude of foreign spouses have spirited away their children and virtually held them prisoner. Her new book is a compilation of such cases. Most are not as lucky as Mahmoody, and she devotes much time informing people about international parental abductions and the lack of laws to cover them. Although some international conventions have been signed, they lack adequate means of enforcement, and the right of children to remain in the place they call home is not always respected. Congress has yet to act at all. An excellent purchase for public libraries. Previewed in Prepub Alert, LJ 5/15/92.
- Louise Leonard, Univ. of Florida Libs., Gainesville
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 342 pages
  • Publisher: St Martins Mass Market Paper; Reprint edition (October 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312950810
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312950811
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 4 x 7.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #391,567 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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31 of 33 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 25, 1998
Format: Paperback
*For the Love of a Child* picks up where *Not Without My Daughter* left off. We get to hear about Mahmoody's return to the U.S.A. and her joyous reunion with her family. But, it does not stop there. Mahmoody describes her efforts to increase public awareness of the issue of international parental child abduction. As she made her struggles known, she met many people with similar stories. *For the Love of a Child* includes the stories of five of those people. Particularly interesting is Mahmoody's account of the making of the film of *Not Without My Daughter*. And, we can be inspired by Mahtob's reaction to all her experiences. In her first book, Betty Mahmoody told us how her desire for her daughter's welfare motivated her to endure tremendous hardship. In *For the Love of a Child*, she shows how universal such desires are, and how they are driving both individuals and governments all over the world.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Janna Jansen on April 26, 2006
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If it's possible, I found this book even better than it's predecessor.

Betty and Mahtob are now back in America, but Betty is still in fear that Mahtob will be abducted. After she wrote "Not Without My Daughter", she was inundated with requests for help by parents of abducted children. She then began to work with other parents, from many different nationalities and religions. This perhaps was the most surprising aspect of this book, that children are abducted and taken to countries by their parents -no matter what their religion and background.

I found this heartbreaking, there are no simple solutions when people from different countries marry, and then one wants to go 'home' with their children, especially if the marriage has broken down.

I found this book fascinating yet horrible, so many people experiencing immense pain, as a parent I empathised with many of the stories.

Another interesting chapter is towards the end, "Moody responds". Here we find out what happened to Betty Mahmoody's husband.

Just fantastic reading, this book is very highly recommended
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30 of 36 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 16, 2000
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Having read Not Without My Daughter years ago, I was filled with a sense of premonition before an attempted kidnapping of my children by their Iranian father, not once but twice. After the second attempt, For the Love of a Child was recommended to me. I appreciated the content, the stories, the differences being presented for various situations and it made me feel like I was not alone. Parents whose children have been abducted often don't know how to react to a horrible situation, and how to deal with emotions such as guilt and the sense of loss. There is a constant sense of not being sure if one is doing the right thing. This book is an eye-opener. For the Love of a Child, in particular, gives a number of scenarios where people can see that an abduction can take place any number of ways, and that abductions are not limited to countries in the Middle East. People must realize that abductions are real, and it is books such as this that put it out there as a reality. The emotions displayed in the book may be difficult for some people to take, and many people will think it is a bunch of BS. I am sorry for them. I hope more books will come out, not just to inform us about situations that happen, but also to give people some ideas on how to protect themselves. The bottom line is that WE as parents are responsible for our children's well-being, and being prepared by reading books such as this, and asking questions, will only help protect our children further. Gaining knowledge, and balancing it with common sense, is what books like this are all about. As for the children and what they feel, sure, they feel confused and disturbed about being taken away from a parent.Read more ›
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By JGC on July 10, 2006
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I purchased a used copy of this book and was very surprised to see a "discarded" stamp on it. This is the continuing story of Betty Mahmoody and her daughter Mahtob. Both miraculously escaped the abuse, beatings, and imprisonment of Betty's husband from desolate Iran. It was (and still is) impossible for any women to leave Iran (or any Islamic State in the Middle East) with her child without her husband's explicit permission that is why Betty's story is so enthralling and riveting. When she returned to their home in MI she wrote her best-selling story, "Not Without My Daughter."

"For The Love Of A Child" picks up where the whirlwind "Not Without My Daughter" left off. The book details how Betty and her daughter have adjusted in the recent years since being imprisoned by her husband. Her newer book also discusses her immediate family's reaction to their circumstances after they came home.

The book also discusses several domestic/international cases that are just as sad, shocking, and interesting as Betty's case. I was especially interested in the story about Zana and Nadia Muhsen. Both young ladies grew up in England and were sold into slavery by their Yemeni father. There is a book about their ordeal which I look forward to reading, appropriately titled Sold: One Woman's True Account of Modern Slavery. Betty wrote the introduction to that tragic story.

Never one to be a shrinking violet, Betty does not mince words or try to cover up anything. The book also discusses the Hague Convention and how and where mothers (and fathers) in similar circumstances can get help. Although some of the stories may seem somewhat date in the year 2006, none of the passion and emotion articulated could ever been described as outdated in the least. Betty Mahmoody is a pioneer for domestic/international/kidnapping rights.
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