UNTIL WE ARE FREE
My Fight For Human Rights in Iran
The inspiring story of a fearless woman who lost nearly everything fighting for human rights in her homeland by the first Muslim woman to win the Nobel Peace Prize. This is a powerful account that will attract the multitudes of readers who embraced I AM MALALA, and I AM NUJOOD.
For several years the Iranian government tried everything to silence Shirin Ebadi, resorting to tactics not out of place in a John le Carré novel: They arrested her, bugged her phones, attacked her home, shadowed her everywhere she went, seized her office, and nailed a death threat to her front door. But nothing could stop her work as a human rights lawyer defending women, children, and the persecuted in Iran. After several years of harrassment and intimidation, the Iranian spy services turned their sights onto Ebadi's only weakness: those she loved the most, her family. First the authorities detained her daughter, and then they laid a trap for her husband.
The Iranian government took everything from Shirin Ebadi -- her marriage, her home, her property, her bank accounts, they even seized her Nobel Prize -- but the one thing they could not take was her spirit and her desire for a better future for her country.
Shirin Ebadi is one of the most revered leaders on the global stage. For the very first time, she’s telling the full story of how the government of Iran tried to destroy her, and almost succeeded. Shirin Ebadi's courage, determination, and ability to withstand constant threats and intimidation will inspire many. Whether you follow news about Iran or not, you will find Ebadi's story of defiance in the face of great risk heroic. She embodies the idea of fighting for your beliefs.
As the West continues nuclear negotiations with Iran, the country remains in the headlines. Ebadi's story reveals the lethal treachery the Iranian government is capable of.
Ebadi's previous memoir, IRAN AWAKENING (Random House, 2006), was a New York Times Notable Book, and has to date sold in 23 territories (see attached list for further details).
Praise for Shirin Ebadi and IRAN AWAKENING:
"This is the riveting story of an amazing and very brave woman living through some quite turbulent times. And she emerges with head unbowed."--Archbishop Desmond Tutu
"The safety and freedom of citizens in democracies is irretrievably bound with the safety and freedom of people like Shirin Ebadi who are fighting to reassert the best achievements of mankind: universal human rights. One of the staunchest advocates for human rights in her country and beyond, Ms. Ebadi, herself a devout Muslim, represents hope for many in Muslim societies that Islam and democracy are indeed compatible."-- Azar Nafisi
"A moving portrait of a life lived in truth."--New York Times Book Review
Author Bio: Shirin Ebadi is one of the leading human rights activists in the world. In 2003 she became the first Muslim woman to win the Nobel Peace Prize. She lives in exile in the West and lectures widely around the world.
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