American Wings, Iranian Roots Paperback – May 20, 2011
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Wrestling in Southern Orange County introduced me to many great highschool coaches. So glad I got to know Reza as well. While never directly coached by him, I've learned so much and have been blessed to know him and Ardeshir.
You don't have to know the man to appreciate the history of the world at that time. A great read!!
Reza Abedi's journey (as well as that of his entire family) is certainly one of courage, strength and determination. I am grateful for the opportunity to have read his story, and grateful to the author for having written it.
As Orloff suggests in her book, we live in a time when many decry any religion and/or group of people different than their own, feeding upon ignorance to instill fear. She understands the importance of accepting cultures different than our own. To "break down stereotypes" and "help end the misguided prejudice against people from the Middle East." Her book is a vibrant and powerful tool for such understanding and acceptance. It is an inspirational book that does indeed "speak with light."
While reading it, I couldn't help but think that Reza's story, as told through the lens of Kristin Orloff's writing, would translate beautifully into a motion picture.
I highly recommend this wonderful book!
My biggest disappointment was reaching the end. I wish I could have followed the story further, and learn more about what happened next.