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Prisoner : my 544 days in an Iranian prison--solitary confinement, a sham trial, high-stakes diplomacy, and the extraordinary efforts it took to get me out / Jason Rezaian.

Rezaian, Jason, author. (Author).
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  • 2 of 2 copies available at LARL/NWRL Consortium.
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Record details

  • ISBN: 9780062691576
  • ISBN: 0062691570
  • Physical Description: 311 pages ; 24 cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York, NY : Ecco, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, [2019]

Content descriptions

General Note: An Anthony Bourdain Book.
Summary, etc.: In July 2014, Washington Post Tehran bureau chief Jason Rezaian was arrested by Iranian police, accused of spying for America. The charges were absurd. Rezaian's reporting was a mix of human interest stories and political analysis. He had even served as a guide for Anthony Bourdain's Parts Unknown. Initially, Rezaian thought the whole thing was a terrible misunderstanding, but soon realized that it was much more dire as it became an eighteen-month prison stint with impossibly high diplomatic stakes. While in prison, Rezaian had tireless advocates working on his behalf. His brother lobbied political heavyweights including John Kerry and Barack Obama and started a social media campaign--#FreeJason--while Jason's wife navigated the red tape of the Iranian security apparatus, all while the courts used Rezaian as a bargaining chip in negotiations for the Iran nuclear deal. In Prisoner, Rezaian writes of his exhausting interrogations and farcical trial. He also reflects on his idyllic childhood in Northern California and his bond with his Iranian father, a rug merchant; how his teacher Christopher Hitchens inspired him to pursue journalism; and his life-changing decision to move to Tehran, where his career took off and he met his wife. Written with wit, humor, and grace, Prisoner brings to life a fascinating, maddening culture in all its complexity.
Reviews

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2018 November #2
    As the Washington Post's Tehran bureau chief, Rezaian was almost evangelical in his desire to portray Iran as something other than a clich├ęd image of brutal authoritarianism. His human-interest stories, many focusing on food and culture, invited the world to view the country he loved as much as his native America in a new, more ecumenical light. The irony, then, that Rezaian would be arrested along with his journalist wife on espionage charges only served to underscore the harsh truth behind the image of a politically repressed society. After being imprisoned for 18 months, Rezaian's release became tied to the Obama administration's nuclear deal with Iran and attracted advocates from John Kerry to Anthony Bourdain. Rezaian's candid and revelatory memoir of his incarceration is interlaced with touching tributes to his Iranian-born father, his journalistic mentor, Christopher Hitchens, and his beloved wife, Yeganeh. At a time when journalists find themselves increasingly under fire, both abroad and at home, Rezaian's dedication to his craft is an inspiring homage to the fearlessness of these intrepid purveyors of truth. Copyright 2018 Booklist Reviews.

Subject: Rezaian, Jason > Imprisonment.
Journalists > United States > Biography.
Political prisoners > Iran > Biography.
Americans > Iran > Biography.
Iranian Americans > Biography.
BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Personal Memoirs.
BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Political.
HISTORY / Middle East / Iran.
Genre: Autobiographies.

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