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At the same time, Mom was working really tired hard to help me let go of the hatred that had taken hold of me and help me to love my dad again and remember that he had loved me.

Though I doubt his actions were so suspicious that she thought they might be trapped; I think that’s hindsight. He directed them to an apartment where they remained for three days as Amahl completed their travel arrangements. Those who help her are vaguely described to protect their identities so it’s hard to connect with them. Betty also gave pretty gruesome details of the filth that Iranians at that time were comfortable with but as Americans, we would find appalling and unsanitary with the Health Department persistently knocking on our doors.Was she being disingenuous regarding the circumstances surrounding her departure from the United States and about the length of her stay in Iran? Little by little Betty's account shows how one woman's struggle is a nightmare for thousands of such women, kept captive in their husband's native land without any rights whatsoever. Moody, Betty, and Mahtob had spent two days traveling from their home in Detroit to Moody's native country of Iran. It shows what happened to Betty and her daughter after they escaped to America, while also explaining the heartbreaking phenomenon of international child abduction.

People made their homes out of cinder blocks, durable cardboard, and any other supplies they could find. The Iranian Revolution had happened just a few years prior and your dad had been swept up in this movement, even though he was living far away from his homeland - he was here in the states with you and your mom. What I have said in another review about Mahtob's book is that she focuses very little on the actual stay and journey out of Tehran after being held captive by her father and it read more like a documented therapeutic account that I'm sure she remains traumatized to this day, even though her father died years ago. This is Betty’s Mahmoody’s account and its a terrifying account and ordeal for any woman and child to have gone through.What disgusts me is how leftwing feminists demonize people who challenge Islam's oppression of women, proefering to side with the Islamists just because they are anti-Western and anti-Israel. The family was a crazy one to say the least: extreme, fanatical, superstitious, and never mind disgusting with their hygiene (but let’s not go there! Evading Moody's sinister spy network, she secretly met sympathisers opposed to Khomeini's savage regime. If that weren't reason enough, Mahmoody had a proven agenda in writing this book with Hoffer, and the fact that it was published in the United States so soon after the hostage crisis, when public opinion was already so turned against Iran, also points to a monetary agenda as well as a political one.

Sally Fields’s and Alfred Molina’s brilliant portrayals notwithstanding, as is often the case, the film adaptation of this story is an abridged and sanitized account, a faded husk of the tale you will encounter in the pages of this book. its like one of those old 1920 american movies were the blonde, white christian/western women gets kidnapped by some exotic other.It's troubling that in this day and age, women are treated with such disdain - and other women support it!

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