The Wind in My Hair: My Fight for Freedom in Modern Iran Hardcover – Illustrated, May 29, 2018
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""The Wind in My Hair"... paints a vivid portrait of modern Iran...The book comes at a time of renewed energy within the feminist movement, and Ms. Alinejad believes that the book's themes transcend borders."―New York Times
"Alinejad's experiences make for a compelling and eye-opening read."―Christian Science Monitor
"Women all over Iran risked imprisonment and even their lives and safety to post pictures. Alinejad's stories of her illustrious career as a groundbreaking journalist challenging the Islamic Republic make for a fascinating narrative."―Publisher's Weekly
"[Masih's] descriptions of life as a journalist and activist will captivate readers interested in Iran, international affairs, gender equality, and human rights."―Booklist
"Alinejad's account provides a timely glimpse behind the Iranian curtain."―Kirkus
"Masih Alinejad is a fearless champion for women's rights. She built her career as a reporter uncovering powerful truths and writing passionately in support of human rights in a country where doing so meant risking one's freedom and safety. Her book is a must-read for anyone who cares about women's equality and autonomy-in Iran, the United States, and everywhere."―Sheryl Sandberg, COO of Facebookand Founder of LeanIn.Org and OptionB.Org
"Masih Alinejad's personal story is intriguing and inspiring. For her freedom is not just political but existential, which is why Masih's voice is so important to Iran's civil society and the Iranian people's struggles for freedom and democracy."―Azar Nafisi, authorof Reading Lolita in Tehran and The Republic of Imagination
"With mighty righteousness on her side and bravery in her heart, Masih Alinejad is a flame-thrower for the rights of all women who live under the thumb of repression and injustice."―Tina Brown, author of The Vanity Fair Diaries
"Masih Alinejad's inspiring journey from an ordinary working-class village girl in Iran into a transnational activist-journalist is a testimony to not only her talents and passionate dedication to equal rights, but also to the aspiration and determination of many Iranian women whose stories are recounted by her. Masih's courageous journey is part of a growing women's rights movement that resonates with women everywhere."―Nayereh Tohidi,Director, Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies at California State, Northridge
About the Author
- Publisher : Little, Brown and Company; Illustrated edition (May 29, 2018)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 400 pages
- ISBN-10 : 031654891X
- ISBN-13 : 978-0316548915
- Item Weight : 1.4 pounds
- Dimensions : 6.38 x 1.38 x 9.63 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #416,041 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Her courage and determination are extraordinary, as she keeps telling us. Her personal history is quirky and fascinating by any standards. The story of her marriage and pregnancy hardly fits into any cultural construct. She makes an understandable and compelling case for the inhumanity of the forced wearing of the hijab by all girls and women – and the complicity of foreign diplomats who cover their heads while visiting Iran. The story lags somewhat near the end as she details her encounters with movers and shakers of the media. I ended up admiring her body of work without feeling any great fondness for the person behind it – but then I’ve never met her.
Top reviews from other countries
I knew a little about Iran’s oppressive society but now realise just how much I didn’t know, understand or appreciate. Very similar to so many of us westerners including our governments. I thought I’d never say this but hurrah for social media to give people a voice when they can’t speak out in their own countries. We are so lucky in the western world to have such freedom.
Masih’s relentless fight to expose the hypocrisy, corruption and absurdity of Iranian law put her life at risk but her commitment is relentless and she continues to fight against compulsory hijab in Iran.
Masih’s story is feminism at its most passionate. A pure, fearless spirit. A very brave women who tells a wonderful description of her life and many challenges.
I laughed, I cried, I fumed at the injustices but I was sorry to finish it and will recommend it to all.
Keep up the fight Masih and thank you for enligtening me.