The dramatic memoir of the journalist who was held hostage in a high-security prison in Tehran for eighteen months and whose releaseA??which almost didnA??t happenA??became a part of the Iran nuclear deal.
In July 2014, Washington Post Tehran bureau chief Jason Rezaian was arrested by Iranian police, accused of spying for America. The charges were absurd. RezaianA??s reporting was a mix of human interest stories and political analysis. He had even served as a guide for Anthony BourdainA??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 campaignA??#FreeJasonA??while JasonA??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.
A??Jason paid a deep price in defense of journalism and his story proves that not everyone who defends freedom carries a gun, some carry a pen.A?A??John F. Kerry, 68th Secretary of State
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"Jason Rezaian gives voice to his harrowing story of arrest and imprisonment in Iran. He is steady and unflinching as he describes the first moments of being accused of spying for the U.S. while serving as the WASHINGTON POST's bureau chief in Tehran. This is a detailed account of one Iranian-American's love affair with the land of his heritage and how it goes horribly wrong due to the suspicions of its government. Rezaian recounts the many interrogations he was subject to, alternating between his own perspective and that of the security forces in believable exchanges. Fans of current events and global politics will find this a riveting listen. We are with Rezaian every minute of his perilous journey. M.R. © AudioFile 2019, Portland, Maine"
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