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Product Details

  • Paperback: 528 pages
  • Publisher: Corgi Books (July 5, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0552152161
  • ISBN-13: 978-0552152167
  • Product Dimensions: 4.3 x 7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.1 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (311 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #828,014 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Betty Lover met the perfect "dark stranger" in a Michigan hospital. Her Iranian therapist, Dr. Sayyed Bozorg Mahmoody, became her husband and the father of their daughter, Mahtob. Despite the vicissitudes of the Iran-U.S. hostage crisis, Betty and he flourished until their summer "vacation" in Iran in 1984. The next year and a half were a nightmare. Betty and Mahtob, held hostage by Mahmoody and his family, were subjected to Islamic fundamentalism, Persian nationalistic fanaticism, and a life of squalor. This compelling tale of their terror and escape from Iran is recommended for most libraries. Literary Guild alternate. David P. Snider, Casa Grande P.L., Ariz .
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"Compelling drama... fascinating, if disturbing... a moving story of one person's fortitude, courage and faith" The New York Times Book Review "The horrific situation in which Betty Mahmoody found herself would give any loving mother nightmares. Here is an amazing story of a woman's courage and total devotion to her child that will have you rooting for them along every inch of their treacherous journey" -- Susan Oudot Woman's Own

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I read the book first, then watched the movie.
Lilacs
The author is very successful at manipulating the otherwise simple facts.
marty
Its a real life story, a book that was very hard to put down.
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112 of 120 people found the following review helpful By ritz on January 12, 2006
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I would advise you all to read her follow-up book to "Not WIthout My Daughter" called "For the Love of a Child". Betty WAS NOT LYING in any part of her book. She has proof of all her experiences and the way she escaped, namely, her stamped passport in Ankara, Turkey. Her ex-husband Moody, recently published his own side of the story is his book "Lost WIthout My Daughter" where he says Betty lied about everything, but he offers no concrete proof of this. Betty has her bus tickets, passport stamps and valid witnesses to the proof of her escape from Moody's wicked claws. More proof? Mahtob, her daughter, who is now an adult has repeatedly refused to acknowledge her father because her trust was betrayed as a child. Surely, as a grown woman, Mahtob is able to make her own decisions and her decisions stand as proof of what both she and her mother went through to get away from this madman (who has lied repeatedly). Also, this book (and the movie) was not meant as an affront to the Iranian culture. Quite the contrary, Betty goes out of her way in the book to relate the fact that it was the kind and compassionate Iranians who helped her escape from Moody's clutches. She received NO HELP from the U.S. state departments. People should remember that this is an honest depiction from HER standpoint and what SHE WENT through. She is only speaking for herself and no one else. As for Moody, well, he is obviously a bitter old man now. Perhaps he does feel loss and anguish for Mahtob, but he did bring the situation upon himself. If Mahtob refuses to have anything to do with him, it is her decision and who can blame her? It is time for people to realize that Betty's book was factual and not exaggerated in any way.
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87 of 101 people found the following review helpful By JGC on July 8, 2000
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NOT WITHOUT MY DAUGHTER is one of the very best books that I have ever read. My only regret is that I can't give this book more than 5 stars. Betty Mahmoody is very courageous for telling her story.

This is a story about an American housewife who goes to Iran with her husband and daughter. Her husband decides to keep her in his homeland against her will. She is a virtual prisoner at the mercy of her corrupt husband. Her basic human rights were violated, rights that any ordinary person takes for granted. She finally finds help to get back home but the journey isn't easy.

This book gives a really positive message which is that there is good in people all around the world. There were many Iranians who were willing to help her no matter what the consequences were.

I recommend this book to anyone who is interested in equality and human rights. Also, on the same topic I recommend any books by Jean Sasson.
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32 of 36 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 12, 2004
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I loved this book. I have read through it a bunch of times and I always find it just as compelling. In a later review, I will get into that one more. In the meantime, I want to comment on the criticisms I see over and over. You accuse her of being biased. Let's consider some facts. Betty Mahmoody went to Iran with her daughter. That is a fact. Her husband would not let her leave. That is a fact. She was held against her will. Yes, I know she could have theoretically forced a divorce which would have gotten her deported but her daughter would have been stuck there. She was not allowed to leave freely and on her own terms simply because she was a woman. That is a fact that is written into the country's law. Criticize her if you feel you must. But just remember that she was held against her will just beacause of her gender. There is no justification for that. Please, tell me. What defense could her husband possibly have?
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By N.G on October 14, 2005
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A great book. I couldn't put it down and finished it all in less than 96 hours. Beautifully written, very touching and moving.Very engaging as well.
I'm an Arab and I can't understand why so many other Arab readers are annoyed by it. Betty gives a fair account of her story.
She has however missed out on some important details, like very imporant religious events in Iran that she did not mention at all. But maybe they were not relevant to her story.
Yet overall I still hold the opinion that it is a great book.
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47 of 57 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 23, 2001
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I lived a life similar in many ways to Betty's life. I too was an American married to an Iranian man who was the lovliest man until we went to Iran and he began treating me the same way he saw his father and other men treat their wives. The men there revere their mothers, but their wives are a different story. They are chattel. We lived there 4-1/2 years. After watching our daughter being beaten by him and being beaten myself, I decided I had to get out. I went to the American Consulate for assistance -- after all, I'm an American -- but since Americans married to Iranians must have an Iranian birth certificate and passport, the Consulate couldn't help me. He said it would cause diplomatic problems. In short, I can totally relate to Betty's story, because in part it was my story, and I knew of quite a few American women in Tehran married to Iranians who began to believe it was their "fate" to tolerate anything the men dished out. I never fell into that line of thinking. We finally got out of Iran, I divorced my husband, and I have spent years warning young women to stay away from Iranian men. Betty's story was not just one of revenge, it was a cathartic story and a story to warn other women contemplating a relationship with an Iranian man. PS - I greatly respect Iranian women.
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