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Then They Came for Me: A Family's Story of Love, Captivity, and Survival Hardcover – June 7, 2011
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“I really connected to Maziar’s story. It’s a personal story but one with universal appeal about what it means to be free.”—Jon Stewart
“An important and elegant book . . . a prison memoir enlarged into a family history.”—The New Republic
“Clear and compelling . . . engaging and informative—a gripping tribute to human dedication and a cogent indictment of a corrupt regime.”—Washington Independent Review of Books
“Then They Came for Me is not only a fascinating, human exploration into Bahari’s personal experience . . . it also provides insight into the shared experience of those affected by repressive governments everywhere.”—Mother Jones
“A damning account . . . 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.”—Fareed Zakaria
“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
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.
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Top Customer Reviews
What has struck me most about the book was the author's deep devotion and dedication to getting the story out of what was happening in his native country. Much of the book describes the brutal treatment he receives from a ruthless interrogator he nicknames Rosewater after he is arrested for filming a peaceful demonstration protesting the rigging of an election where the incumbant had clearly NOT been reelected. The author is accused of working for American intelligence because of his coverage for NEWSWEEK magazine. Both the author's father and sister had at one time been arrested and imprisoned for their own political involvements. It is his British wife however and his brother-in-law who become instrumental in helping him get out of prison. During the time he is imprisoned, however, the author draws strength from remembering his father's and his sister's words.
The author concludes the book with an Epilogue, Acknowledgements, a Who's Who and a Time Line.Read more ›
The summary of this book is pretty straight-forward: It is an account of journalist and filmmaker Maziar Bahari's life, along with the lead-up to and his detention by Iranian authorities in the wake of the 2009 presidential elections.
The real gift of this book is Mr. Bahari's writing. Maziar is a great writer, and this book is extremely accessible and easy to get through. The details are poignant, the story is compelling, and there is enough elaboration, background, and personalization in the right places. The presentation of his experiences; his family's history; Iranian politics; it is all weaved together seamlessly to make for a really engaging text. Moreover, you are absolutely drawn into Maziar's experience, you feel as if you were with him, yet in a perfectly balanced way which neither gives nor takes too much. Simply, this book was a pleasure to read for its writing--its lucidity, wit, and of course the experiences it communicates. It's very clearly written by a talented journalist and was wonderful to read after a spat of poorly written books. Truly, it was a pleasure to read your writing, Maziar.
Maziar's family is also intimately weaved into the story. The son of Communist activists--who also experienced prison--different eras of Iranian politics are touched upon. Maziar's touch in portraying his family is done with the care and skill of a formidable writer. His family is a part of him, and he relies on their memory during his time in prison. Their experiences seamlessly mesh with the entirety of the account...
His endearing 83-year-old mother, Moloojoon, weary after decades of repression, her unique humor and resilience forged by having been beat down by the world.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
LOVE this book. You learn so much from cover to cover and it is truly one you do not want to put down. Heartbreaking story but very informative. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Alanna
I couldn't put this down. Bahari tells his story clearly and provides the context needed for someone admittedly not well educated about Iran and its intricate political history. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Jeremy Andrew White
Great story and an in site into the Iranian people and the regeme there.Published 3 months ago by David W. Trout
I'm not one for non-fiction but read this on a friends recommendations and could not put it down. Descriptive and graphic without being gruesome, despairing without being hopeless. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Lara E. Keltz
I thought there would be more about the connection between the author and The Daily Show but his appearance with Jon Stewart doesn't play a major role in his capture and... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Dennis Mooney
Great contemporary read! I learned a lot about Iran through the eyes of this Newsweek writer. I would, however, suggest the reader actually read the epilogue first--gives... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Krisan