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Despite extraordinary psychological challenges, Zainab started over. She forged a new identity as founder and president of Women for Women International, a nonprofit organization for female victims of war, dedicated to providing women of war and civil unrest with the resources to become self-sufficient citizens and promote peace. Zainab has traveled and promoted her organization widely, speaking out on behalf of oppressed women around the world, but until now has never told this very personal tale.
In BETWEEN TWO WORLDS Zainab Salbi reveals the tyrant through the eyes of a child, a secretly rebellious teenager, an abused wife, and ultimately a professional woman coming to terms with the horror of secrets her mother revealed only on her deathbed. Through her ability to come to terms with the child she used to be and dangerous world in which she managed to survive, BETWEEN TWO WORLDS emerges as a story of heroism like no other.
Posted June 2, 2008
I loved this book not just because it was a fantastic read, but because it teaches us about history, culture, & life. I couldn't put it down & spent time thinking about this book & the author long after I finished it.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted November 20, 2007
A very good read! Finished it in a weekend. I learned a lot and it just solidified my feelings that lie beneath, suppressed because of the hate. The story is about the tragic lives of those around Hussein who had to act a certain way, be a certain way, always in fear. This young girl grew up too close to this dark world of a tyrannical, manipulative dictator, and the religious wars surrounding her.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted June 6, 2007
I couldn't put this book down. It was a very interesting and insightful personal story. However, if you are looking for an informative book about the Iraqi dictator, this would not be a good choice. This book raises many more questions than gives answers.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted January 23, 2007
A+++ book Sincere and reality book. Describes the tyranny under the regime of Sadam. Zainab finally overcome the fear and speaks up for her right and right of others, for letting people know what Iraqi people went through. It¿s hard to be imprisoned and that what she, her family, and all Iraqi were. They always lived in fear for their lives and the life of their families and were not themselves. They always have to be careful what they say and what they do because there always eyes watch (spies or informers) and ears who listen and can tell. Some were able to escape abroad, others could not. Her mom asked her: ¿Not to be a bird in cage. Be independent and free, and never let anyone abuse you.¿ Zainab mom staid in the cage for a long time even before she died was not able to tell Zainab enough about what happened to her. But Zainab was able to escape the fear and to do what her mom could not do. Her mom was so proud of her. I sensed the tremendous bond between a mother and daughter. It touches a person heart. There are times you will laugh and times you will cry. Very emotional, sensitive, and sincere writer who made me touch her heart for awhile and feel her pain and anger. To the writer: I wish I can meet you someday and I wish you can read my message. Thanks ya 3asal (in Arabic ya 3asal means, honey). I was touched profoundly by your story. I really appreciate your courage, personal, and what you are doing. Darling book, highly recommended lots of people can relate to it in many ways. I could not put the book down. Thank you so much!!!! And I hope that all people live in peace and not to be racist and classify people hopefully people become more human and learn from history..And not because a person is a president or in a high status, that allows him or her to be cruel or create violence. God bless you and all women such you are who likes to make the world different!!! Sincerely, FidaWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.