My Prison, My Home

My Prison, My Home : One Woman's Story of Captivity in Iran

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My Prison, My Home is the harrowing true story of Iranian-American scholar Haleh Esfandiari's arrest on false charges and subsequent incarceration in Evin Prison, the most notorious penitentiary in Ahmadinejad's Iran. Esfandiari's riveting, deeply personal, and illuminating first-person account of her ordeal is the inspiring tale of one woman's triumph over interrogation, intimidation, and fear. Offering a shocking, close-up view inside the paranoid mindset of the repressive Ahmadinejad regime, My Prison, My Home sheds light on a high-stakes international incident that sparked protests from some of the world's most influential public figures--including Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, and former U.S. Secretary of State Madeline Albright
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Product details

  • Paperback | 232 pages
  • 134 x 202 x 24mm | 199.58g
  • English
  • Reissue
  • Illustrations, black and white
  • 0061583286
  • 9780061583285
  • 770,782

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[A] gripping memoir. . . . Esfandiari writes with an elegant dryness that serves the book well, since she hardly needs to sensationalize her story."
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Back cover copy

On December 31, 2006, sixty-seven-year-old scholar and grandmother Haleh Esfandiari was on her way home to the United States from Iran when she became the victim of a far-fetched conspiracy theory. On the suspicion that she was part of an American plot to bring "regime change" to Iran, the Intelligence Ministry detained, interrogated, and eventuallyarrested her. For the next 105 days, she lived in solitary confinement in the notorious Evin Prison. Weaving together memories of her childhood in Iran, her story of capture and release, and her extensive knowledge of her homeland, My Prison, My Home is at once a mesmerizing story of survival and a clear-eyed portrait of Iran today and how it came to be.
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