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Zainab Salbi was eleven years old when her father was chosen to serve as Saddam Hussein's personal pilot, her family often forced to spend weekends with Saddam where he watched their every move. As a palace insider, Zainab offers a singular glimpse of what it is like to come of age under a dictator and provides an intimate portrait of the man she was taught to call "uncle." She watched as Saddam pitted friends, spouses and even children against each other to compete for his approval. She was sent to donate her ...
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Zainab Salbi was eleven years old when her father was chosen to serve as Saddam Hussein's personal pilot, her family often forced to spend weekends with Saddam where he watched their every move. As a palace insider, Zainab offers a singular glimpse of what it is like to come of age under a dictator and provides an intimate portrait of the man she was taught to call "uncle." She watched as Saddam pitted friends, spouses and even children against each other to compete for his approval. She was sent to donate her mother's jewelry to one of the world's richest men, asked to erase her memory as she heard of crimes she was not supposed to hear of, and witnessed her mother hiding her tears lest it upset Saddam. Her mother eventually sent Zainab to America for an arranged marriage, to spare her from Saddam's growing affections, but the marriage intended to save her turned out to be another world of tyranny and abuse.

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.

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..."this may be the most honest account of life within Saddam's circle so far; not a rebel's account, although Salbi is certainly a dissident, rather, it's an enlightening revelation of how, by barely perceptible stages, decent people make accommodations in a horrific regime."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781400101801
  • Publisher: Tantor Media, Inc.
  • Publication date: 10/1/2005
  • Format: CD
  • Edition description: Unabridged CD
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 5.30 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author


Laurie Becklund is a writer and editor whose books include Swoosh: The Story of Nike and the Men Who Played There, coauthored with J. B. Strasser.

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British actress and narrator Josephine Bailey has won ten AudioFile Earphones Awards and a prestigious Audie Award, and Publishers Weekly named her Best Female Narrator in 2002.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 2, 2008

    One of the best I've read

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 20, 2007

    Tyranny thru the eyes of a child and adolescent

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 6, 2007

    A page turner

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 23, 2007

    Thanks for sharing...A+++ book

    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, Fida

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