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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (883 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Zainab Salbi, Josephine Bailey Narrator: Josephine Bailey Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2005 ISBN: 9781400171804
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Zainab Salbi was eleven years old when her father was chosen to be Saddam Hussein’s personal pilot and her family’s life was grafted onto his. Her mother, the beautiful Alia, taught her daughter the skills she needed to survive. A plastic smile. Saying yes. Burying in boxes in her mind the horrors she glimpsed around her. “Learn to erase your memories,” she instructed. “He can read eyes.”

In this richly visual memoir, Salbi describes tyranny as she saw it—through the eyes of a privileged child, a rebellious teenager, a violated wife, and ultimately a public figure fighting to overcome the skill that once kept her alive: silence.

Between Two Worlds is a riveting quest for truth that deepens our understanding of the universal themes of power, fear, sexual subjugation, and the question one generation asks the one before it: How could you have let this happen to us?

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shabnam | 2/19/2014

    " One of the best and most inspiring stories I've ever read. A great storyteller tells her bitter sweet voyage through her very interesting life. DO READ! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lataun | 2/14/2014

    " This sheds light on how Hussein rose to power and why he persecuted the Shia tribe. I think he was just an insecure man who grew up poor and felt inferior. I enjoyed reading about her triumphs as a women and overcoming her own insecurities and trials. I am truly grateful to live in America and feel blessed to have been born into this country. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shauna | 2/10/2014

    " Great read. Interesting to see Huseian from the eye's of somone close to him. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Charles | 2/6/2014

    " This was a very interesting book. I found it interesting to hear about how Saddam Hussein interacted with his closest confidants. The book certainly makes you think and feel grateful for blessings of living in the U.S. There were a couple of parts that I wouldn't want a teenager to read because they are fairly explicit. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Natalie | 2/1/2014

    " I really liked the first half of this book. It was crazy to me to learn about Saddam and just how evil he was. Towards the end, it wasn't nearly as intriguing to me hence my less than 5 star rating. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cynthia Karl | 1/29/2014

    " A very personal memoir of an Iraqi woman who recalls a wonderful family life in Baghdad before her father felt forced to become Saddam Hussein's pilot and "friend". At first I thought the book was a bit disorganized and asked too many repetitive questions, but I realized this served to underscore the intimacy of the story. Some parts of the book are emotionally draining to read including the last chapters that deal with the author's formation and work with "Women to Women International". "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marlene | 1/29/2014

    " A good insight into Saddam Hussein. Quite a story. A true story. I urge everyone to read it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kurt Foeller | 1/24/2014

    " A great story by a great woman. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Angelica | 1/17/2014

    " This book reminds me what makes books so beautiful. It is painfully honest and at times difficult to read. This book will change the way you see Iraq, more importantly the way you see Iraqi people. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Roman Ginzburg | 12/22/2013

    " wonderful! an amazing love story. A must read for its huminizing account of life under Saddam, Iraqi cultural norms, and Zainab's story of finding freedom and a mission in America. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kathleen Spearman | 12/2/2013

    " A thoughtful examination of the psychology of fear and domination. The thought of being at the mercy of a man who was not unlike Hitler is chilling. He was a rapist and murderer without conscience who ruled by intimidation using women as one of of his tools of control. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jamie | 9/14/2013

    " An interesting story, but written without flow. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Megan | 9/12/2013

    " compelling story of Zabib Salbi and her courageous story of staying true to herself amidst all obstacles. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Patty Ferguson | 9/10/2013

    " This was a terrific read. I learned so much from her. Gives you a little taste of how dictatorship is. She is so brave & if you can read this without a tear, well, I have to wonder. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Katherine | 7/3/2013

    " Incredible story about an incredible woman "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jen | 4/11/2013

    " Great look into Iraq and life under Saddam Hussein. Zainab Salbi is the CEO of Women for Women International an organization that provides support for women survivors of war. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Heather | 1/1/2013

    " Zainab Salbi is an incredible woman leader. I feel very privileged by the fact that I was able to hear her story and that she was able to share her truth with the world. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jill | 9/15/2012

    " There are no words for the book that wouldn't make me feel like I was cheapening it. I felt super guilty about having had such an easy life by comparison. I learned a great deal about so many things. It gives you some pretty agonizing perspective. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Julie | 8/7/2012

    " Couldn't put this one down. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nicole | 6/7/2012

    " It is an eye opening account of her experiences. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lisa | 5/5/2012

    " Okay, I don't know how to describe this book. Its heart-touching and inspirational,and freakin' good!! I can not imagine growing up like this young women. A must read!!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jennifer Blaine | 4/17/2012

    " Reading this book made me feel like I had grown up in Iraq and lived another life. "Zanoobe" makes everything so painfully real. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Erika | 10/25/2011

    " An eye opening account of a girl who grew up in world that was controlled by Saddam in every way. This was a true story of Zainab Salbi, a family friend of this dictator. It shows the hardship of the Iraqi people and how Zainab was able to triumph. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Veronica | 7/12/2011

    " I could not put down this compelling tale. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Veronica | 2/7/2011

    " I could not put down this compelling tale. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Racheal | 2/2/2011

    " This isn't the best book I've ever read, but it is a thoughtful and inspiring memoir and definitely worth reading if you care about the plight of women around the world. Also some interesting insights into Saddam's Iraq. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Maria | 1/28/2011

    " This book provides a very different perspective of Iraqi women and the Iraqi culture. Very fascinating and thought-provoking. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Heather | 12/5/2010

    " Zainab Salbi is an incredible woman leader. I feel very privileged by the fact that I was able to hear her story and that she was able to share her truth with the world. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Heather | 11/12/2010

    " What a great book. First of all, I learned a lot about history in Iraq. Zainab's account is very personal and very real. I want to learn more! It is heartbreaking all that happens in our world everyday while I go about my daily life oblivious. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Connie | 11/9/2010

    " This is similar to In the Time of Butterflies. It really puts you inside life in a country with a sick dictator. This one gives insight into Saddam Hussein and Iraq. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Roman | 9/28/2010

    " wonderful! an amazing love story. A must read for its huminizing account of life under Saddam, Iraqi cultural norms, and Zainab's story of finding freedom and a mission in America. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joe | 9/27/2010

    " This is the most revealing book I've heard of about Saddam Hussein and his evil reign. It's biographical, well written, and an excellent read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jill | 9/26/2010

    " There are no words for the book that wouldn't make me feel like I was cheapening it. I felt super guilty about having had such an easy life by comparison. I learned a great deal about so many things. It gives you some pretty agonizing perspective. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Darce' | 8/3/2010

    " One of the most powerful books I have ever read! REMARKABLE memoir! "

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