Zainab Salbi joins the ranks of Barbara Demick (North Korea), Barbara Kingsolver (Democratic Republic of Congo), Katherine Boo (Mumbai), and Khaled Hosseini (Afghanistan). Particularly with Demick and Hosseini, Salbi opens up doors to an otherwise closed society of which Americans have, at best, a glossed-over knowledge.
Besides of her family’s relationship with Saddam Hussein, we get a very unique perspective on Iraq during his reign. She details the “prison bars” her mother metaphorically felt trapped the family in Iraq, as Hussein set one family against another in order to instill fear in all. Her pathway to escape was difficult, and yet it wasn’t until she began working for others that it nearly overcame her.
A fascinating story, and a great summary of a regime that is quickly being forgotten by the western world.
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