A Sliver of Light

A Sliver of Light

Three Americans Imprisoned in Iran

eBook - 2014
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Hikers held captive in Tehran tell their story in "a moving memoir by three individuals who found the strength to survive" ( San Jose Mercury News ). During the summer of 2009, Shane Bauer, Joshua Fattal, and Sarah Shourd were hiking in the mountains of Iraqi Kurdistan when they unknowingly crossed into Iran and were captured by border patrol. Wrongly accused of espionage, the three Americans ultimately found themselves in Tehran's infamous Evin Prison, where activists and protesters from the Green Movement were still being confined and tortured. Cut off from the world and trapped in a legal black hole, the three friends discovered that pooling their strength of will and relying on one another was the only way they could survive. In A Sliver of Light , Bauer, Fattal, and Shourd finally get to tell their side of the story. They offer a rare glimpse inside Iran at a time when understanding this fractured state has never been more important. But beyond that, this memoir is a profoundly humane account of defiance, hope, and the elemental power of friendship -- and a " record of a human rights triumph" ( San Jose Mercury News ).
Publisher: [Place of publication not identified] : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, [2014]
ISBN: 9780547985640
Branch Call Number: 365.4509 Ba
Description: 1 online resource (336 pages)

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StarGladiator
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?

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claireswazey
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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