Love in a torn land: Joanna of Kurdistan : the true story of a freedom fighter's escape from Iraqi vengeance

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John Wiley & Sons, Feb 15, 2007 - Biography & Autobiography - 333 pages
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" You are in every page I turn

In every word I write

All the birds here chant your name.

I am nothing without you."

When Joanna al-Askari read these wonderful words from the man she loved, little did she know what joy--and challenges--would await her when she joined him in marriage and in the fight for Kurdish independence.

While Iraq is everywhere in today's headlines, the story of the Kurdish people and their struggle for survival under Saddam Hussein is one that has remained largely untold--until now. In this incredible true love story, bestselling author Jean Sasson shares Joanna's personal journey of fear and fortitude through a Baghdad childhood and life as a Kurdish freedom fighter during the Iran-Iraq War. From the threat of Iraqi patrols and raids to chemical attacks and bombings, Joanna reveals how she and her husband survived extreme physical danger as they made their way through Kurdistan's perilous mountains and beleaguered villages to seek temporary safety in Iran.

Inspiring and unforgettable, "Love in a Torn Land" shares Joanna's passionate and unflagging determination to survive and fight--for love, life, and the freedom of her beloved Kurdistan.

Praise for "Princess: A True Story of Life behind the Veil in Saudi Arabia"

"Absolutely riveting."
--"People"

"Must reading."
--"USA Today"

"Shocking, candid, . . . sobering, and compassionate."
--"San Francisco Chronicle"

"Consistently gripping. . . . In Sasson's telling, Sultana's story is a fast-paced, enthralling drama, rich in detail."
--"Publishers Weekly"

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Review: Love in a Torn Land: Joanna of Kurdistan: The True Story of a Freedom Fighter's Escape from Iraqi Vengeance

User Review  - Georgina - Goodreads

Very sad, I couldn't read any more of the book as it reminds me of reality :'( Read full review

Review: Love in a Torn Land: Joanna of Kurdistan: The True Story of a Freedom Fighter's Escape from Iraqi Vengeance

User Review  - Faye Rahman - Goodreads

Another beautifully written book by Jean Sasson, an author that never fail to keep me anxious and looking forward to the next pages of her book. Joanna's story is incredibly challenging and of course ... Read full review

Contents

Prologue
1
Little Peshmerga Girl
7
Martyrs Hill
27
Copyright

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About the author (2007)

JEAN SASSON, a writer and lecturer, is the author of seven books, five of which are international bestsellers; two of them, Princess: A True Story of Life behind the Veil in Saudi Arabia and The Rape of Kuwait, are New York Times bestsellers. She has appeared on Oprah, the Today show, 48 Hours, CNN, and NPR. She is currently living in the Middle East.

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