Zainab Salbi [Pdf kindle] Between Two Worlds Escape from Tyranny Growing Up in the Shadow of Saddam

Free download Between Two Worlds Escape from Tyranny Growing Up in the Shadow of Saddam

Overcome the skill that once kept her alive silence Between Two Worlds is a riveting uest for truth that deepens our understanding of the universal themes of power fear sexual subjugation and the uestion one generation asks the one before it How could you have let this happen to u Between Two Worlds by Zainab Salbi was the first account I have read by someone who personally knew and socialized with Saddam Her book is a wrenching description of the horrors she and her family experienced in their privileged position as friends of Saddam It s a very worthwhile accountI m struck by the parallels between Zainab Salbi and Fatima Shihabi the heroine of my novel A Thousand Veils Almost identical in age both women were only daughters in loving Shiite families Both bonded at an early age with their fathers Yet both were victims of abusive marriages Both in their own ways had to escape Saddam s clutches Eventually they overcame these setbacks to emerge as strong resilient women Even so certain aspects of their personal stories were markedly different Unlike Zainab who grew up in a secular family in cosmopolitan Baghdad Fatima was raised in the conservative religiosity of the Holy City of Najaf Fatima had to take the veil at the age of 12 even as Zainab was trying to fit in to the cool culture of her socially precocious classmates Just as Zainab was leaving Ira for a safer settled life in the US Fatima was arriving in Baghdad to live with her brother s prominent family While Zainab was in the US Fatima experienced the horrible conditions of Ira during the 90s the nightly bombings during the First Gulf War the terrible privation as a result of the UN sanctions and Saddam s repression of Shiites and intellectuals Compared side by side these two books are very complementary in their detailed accounts of life under Saddam And importantly for students of Islam in the West they show the subtlely different shades of Islam even within the same country and the same sect

Characters æ PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB ✓ Zainab Salbi

Between Two Worlds Escape from Tyranny Growing Up in the Shadow of Saddam

Zainab Salbi was eleven years old when her father was chosen to be Saddam Hussein's personal pilot and her family's life was grafted onto his Her mother the beautiful Alia taught her daughter the skills she needed to survive A plastic smile Saying yes Burying in boxes in her mind t Zainab Salbi is an amazing woman I first came to know of her when she appeared on Oprah talking about an organization she founded called Women for Women International In this program women in the worst circumstances in the world Rwanda Sudan Bosnia Congo the survivors of civil war poverty rape and violence are linked directly with their sisters sponsors who send a small amount of money every month directly to the women who need it The women are educated in such issues as human rights microcredit and community organizing and learn skills to earn money they can use to support their families and educate their children They remain in the program for approximately a year during which time they correspond directly using translators provided by the program with their sisters via an exchange of letters photographs and progress reports Immediately after learning about Women for Women I became a sponsor of a sister in Rwanda since that time I have had maybe 5 6 or 7 sisters all in Rwanda and I have learned so much about their livesAnyway when Zainab Salbi s own first hand story of growing up in Saddam Hussein s Ira her father was Saddam s pilot and in the inner circle of his friends was published I couldn t wait to read it This woman is one of my heroes Her story is strange and surprisingly gripping while she is not the greatest writer her story is compelling and contains a hint of mystery Have you ever thought about what it would be like to be an upper class woman in Saddam s Ira Very ueasy making I recommend this book uite strongly even strongly I recommend Women for Women I can t tell you how much it has enriched my life Go there wwwwomenforwomenorg

Zainab Salbi ✓ 6 Summary

He horrors she glimpsed around her Learn to erase your memories she instructed He can read eyes In this richly visual memoir Salbi describes tyranny as she saw it through the eyes of a privileged child a rebellious teenager a violated wife and ultimately a public figure fighting to I would not have read this memoir but for my world books challenge and that would have been a loss because it is a fascinating book Zainab Salbi grew up in a prosperous and well connected Irai family in the 1970s and 1980s as it turned out they were too well connected because Saddam Hussein was determined to keep her parents and by extension the whole family in his orbit I initially assumed that the title Between Two Worlds referenced the author s immigration from Ira to the United States but when this phrase is used within the book it s actually to refer to Salbi s feeling of being caught between two worlds within Irai society between the dictator s elite inner circle and the regular middle class world that he terrorized She and her family shuttle between the two spending weekends in one of the palace compounds and playing their prescribed roles at official events a performance in which they can t afford to ever let the fa ade drop and weekdays in their own neighborhood where Salbi can t let on to friends that she knew Saddam as Uncle Although most of this book takes place under a bloody dictatorship and some of it during wartime it s not a violent story and yet we see how Salbi and her family are torn apart by the constant fear stress and need to pretend in order to protect themselves One of the uestions she wrestles with throughout the book is why Irais allowed such an oppressive regime and specifically why her parents stayed knowing what a dangerous situation they put themselves and their children in She compares it to an abusive relationship at first they thought they could handle it and then they were in too far and afraid to leave and that s not a comparison Salbi makes lightly because in the course of extricating herself from her childhood she also experiences interpersonal abuse But she is an immensely strong person who is able to extricate herself from ugly situations and ultimately help others So I found this to be an enthralling story from the details of life in Ira under Saddam s rule to the author s personal journey of healing and self discovery In general I am leery of ghostwritten books I assume that as collaborator journalist Laurie Becklund did most of the writing but here the collaboration appears successful the writing feels personal and immediate with Becklund s contributions presumably being the clear and readable style and organization At the same time it s written with a good dose of self awareness Salbi recognizes that many other people were worse off than she and she deals fairly with people who turned out to be unsavory At any rate this is another win for reading outside my natural comfort zone my comfort zone is expanding Recommended


10 thoughts on “Between Two Worlds Escape from Tyranny Growing Up in the Shadow of Saddam

  1. says:

    If I had stopped this book midway or threw it against a wall which was impossible because I was listening to it I would have given it one star However the second half sort of redeems the massive deception at the core of this

  2. says:

    Zainab Salbi is an amazing woman I first came to know of her when she appeared on 'Oprah' talking about an organization she founded called Women for Women International In this program women in the worst circumstances in the world Rwanda Sudan Bosnia Congo the survivors of civil war poverty rape and violence are linked directly with their sisters sponsors who send a small amount of money every month directly to the women who need it The

  3. says:

    This was a hard book to read First of all I hate reading sad books full of suffering particularly if it is true Second throughout the entire boo

  4. says:

    This woman is the daughter of the man who was Saddam Hussein's pilot so she grew up in close contact with this so

  5. says:

    Saw the author Zainab Salbi interviews in a documentary Faces of Evil the Saddam Hussein episode Was intriguedThe book doesn't disappoint I can't imagine growing up in that type of oppressed and terrifying environment The book is well written and keeps the reader captivated and wanting to know Unless you lived under Saddam's rule and evilness you can only speculate what took place and on day to day Nobody was safe from him nobod

  6. says:

    I would not have read this memoir but for my world books challenge and that would have been a loss because it is a fascinating book Zainab Salbi grew up in a prosperous and well connected Irai family in the 1970s and 1980s – as it turned out

  7. says:

    Salbi’s story of growing up in Saddam Hussein’s Ira was tough to read but also tough to put down She shares

  8. says:

    Between Two Worlds by Zainab Salbi was the first account I have read by someone who personally knew and socialized with Saddam Her book is a wrenching description of the horrors she and her family experienced in their privileged posit

  9. says:

    I loved this book Zainab Salbi is a fascinating and inspirational woman She gives us a look into the inner circle of Saddam Hussein in Ira starting from when he became president As the daughter of his one time private pilot Zainab gives us an intimate glimpse inside his palaces his social life his corruption his violence his control of all those around him his and his son'streatment of women and all facets of life in his inner

  10. says:

    This is one of the most inspiring books I've ever read and I loved it even though I don't usually get super jazzed about inspiring stu

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *