My Prison, My Home: One Woman's Story of Captivity in Iran
Auhtor: Haleh Esfandiari
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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.
At the Ministry of Intelligence in Tehran, a man in a checkered shirt sits down in an easy chair. He removes several documents from his pocket and hands one to Haleh Esfandiari, a sixty-seven-year-old Iranian American grandmother he has interrogated and detained for what seems to be an endless number of weeks. "This is your arrest warrant and we are taking you to Evin Prison," he says.
This stunning arrest was the culmination of a chain of events set into motion in the early-morning hours of December 31, 2006-a day that began like any other but presaged the end of Esfandiari's regular visits to her elderly mother in Iran, and her return to the United States.
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Promoting My Prison, My Home
Saturday, October 24, 2009
POLITICS & PROSE
5015 Connecticut Avenue NW Washington, DC 20008
Program by Common Wealth Club
Martin Hall, Menlo School, 50 Valparaiso Ave., Atherton
Time: 6:30 p.m. check-in, 7 p.m. program, 8 p.m. book signing
Cost: $10 members, $15 non-members
For tickets and more info visit Common Wealth's web site
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