A Sliver of Light

A Sliver of Light

Three Americans Imprisoned in Iran

Book - 2014
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Three young Americans captured by Iranian forces and held in captivity for two years tell their story. In summer 2009, Shane Bauer, Joshua Fattal, and Sarah Shourd were hiking in Iraqi Kurdistan when they unknowingly crossed into Iran and were captured by a border patrol. Accused of espionage, the three Americans ultimately found themselves in Tehran's infamous Evin Prison, where they discovered that pooling their strength of will and relying on each other were the only ways they could survive. In this poignant memoir, 'the hikers' finally tell their side of the story. They recount the deception that lured them into Iran in the first place and describe the psychological torment of interrogation and solitary confinement. We follow them as they make surprising alliances with their fellow prisoners and even some of their captors, while their own bonds with each other are tested and deepened. Told through a bold and innovative interweaving of the authors' three voices, here is a rare glimpse inside Iran and a timeless portrayal of hardship and hope.
Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2014.
ISBN: 9780547985534
Characteristics: 339 pages ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: Fattal, Josh
Shourd, Sarah


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May 04, 2014

Really stupid Amerrican hikers accidentally - - or were lured - - hike into Iran, a country somewhat besieged by the American government (directed by Wall Street) over the past fifty-some years? The overthrow of democractically elected prime minister, Mossedegh, by the CIA. [During which many Iranians perished.] The institution of Savak by the Shah; various and sundry sanctions against Iran; the leaker [Chris Mellon when he was with the DIA] back in 2001-2002 who claimed Iran had the nuclearn weapons; the earlier shootdown of an Iranian civilian jet flight, Constant invasion of Iranian airspace, first by manned jets, now done by drones. A fleet of American warships constantly anchored just outside of Persian waters. How could anyone wonder how Americans would be jailed in Iran?

May 04, 2014

I'm giving this a good rating for writing style and interest factor only. However, I find the 3 authors to be morally compromised human beings. By their own admission, they've worked with dissidents and revolutionaries, and have denigrated the US to other nations. Of course I believe in the right to dissent, protest and speak freely. I also believe that the USA has done things that were and are wrong on many levels. But I consider meeting with peopke in other nations and criticizing and disclosing information about such things to be crossing the line. Maybe it's true that they weren't spying, although these are far from simple tourists. If they weren't spies then I guess karma got 'em. What a shame they didn't learn from it.


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