“I really connected to Maziar’s story. It is a personal story but one with universal appeal about what it means to be free.”
“An important and elegant book…a prison memoir enlarged into a family history—an Iranian family that is middle-class in income, traditionally leftist in politics, with more than their fair share of defiantly determined and erudite women.”
--The New Republic
“Clear and compelling…engaging and informative — a gripping tribute to human dedication and a cogent indictment of a corrupt regime.”
--The Washington Independent Review of Books
“Poignant…Bahari draws parallels between his experiences [in prison] and those of other family members. His father had been jailed under the Shah in the 1950s; his sister, Maryam, under Ayatollah Khomeini in the 1980s. Bahari relies on stories he heard from them, as well as their strength, to survive solitary confinement...His great desire to reunite with [his fiancee, pregnant with their first daughter]…gives this sympathetic read added urgency.
“A damning account of a nation run by paranoid, sexually frustrated conspiracy theorists…Then They Came For Me turns a lens not only on Iran’s surreal justice system but on the history and culture that helped produce it.”
--The Washington Post
“Then They Came for Me is a unique achievement. It is a story not just of political cruelty (a subject Bahari treats movingly), but also about the two poles of Iranian political culture, bent together in upheaval.”
--The Guardian (UK)
“A beautifully written account of life in Iran, filled with insights not only into the power struggles and political machinations but into the personal, emotional lives of the people living in that complicated country. Maziar Bahari is a brave man and a wonderful storyteller.”
“Then They Came for Me is the story of those who fight to inform and enlighten their society. Fortunately, Iran is not only a country of Ahmadinejads and mullahs, the country is also blessed with plenty of Maziar Baharis.
--SHIRIN EBADI, winner of the Nobel Peace Prize
About the Author
is an award-winning journalist, documentary filmmaker, and human-rights activist. A correspondent for Newsweek
from 1998 to 2010, he was born in Tehran, Iran, and immigrated to Canada in 1988 to pursue his studies in film and political science. Bahari’s documentaries have been broadcast on stations around the world, including HBO, the BBC, and the Discovery Channel. In 2009, he was named a finalist for Spain’s Prince of Asturias Award for Concord, often described as Spain’s Nobel Peace Prize; he was nominated by Desmond Tutu. He lives in London with his wife and daughter. Aimee Molloy
is the co-author of three previous books: Jantsen’s Gift
with Pam Cope; This Moment on Earth
with Senator John Kerry and Teresa Heinz Kerry; and For God and Country
with James Yee. She also served as an editor of Laurie Strongin’s Saving Henry
. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband.