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Anthony Roberts

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I was born in a small farm town in Kansas of Native American and Irish American parents. It was all very ‘Ward and June’ until we moved to Saudi Arabia in 1971. I lived for two years in sweltering heat of Al Khobar and then another three on the high and dry plains of At Taif, where King Faisal had his summer residence; the same King Faisal that was assassinated on his birthday by one of his many nephews over a family feud.

When I was 12 years old my father bought me a Suzuki 125 Enduro. It was the best gift of my life prior to the birth of my son. From then on I spent as much time as I could cruising around the Saudi Arabian desert, running into the occasional band of Beduins and having adventures that would be the envy of any high-spirited

Why did it take me so long to get around to reading this book? I've written a novel, 'Sons of the Great Satan' set during the Iranian revolution, and I've read a number of accounts of that time - 'Prisoner of Tehran' and 'Daughter of Persia' - being two excellent memoirs. 'Persepolis' should have been a natural for me. I remember when the movie came out and wanting to see it. My own prejudices... Read more of this blog post »
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“The Colonel” by Mahmoud Dowlatabadi is a dark, demanding and shattering account of the immediate aftermath of the 1979 Islamic Revolution in Iran. The story plays out as nightmare/fable/hallucination pitting historic Iranian ideals of pride and soci ...more
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I love it, of course. I wrote it. Inspired by my teen years as an American expat living in Tehran, Iran from 1975 to 1978.
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"A Time to Betray" is an insider's look at spying against your own people. It also speaks to the heavy toll a lifestyle of deception takes on one's soul. Life becomes nothing but stress, juggling lies and second-guessing, "Is this the day I will be e ...more
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After reading "Farangi Girl" I wanted to find the little child, Ashley Dartnell, and give her a big hug, buy her a square meal and get her some decent clothes. There were scenes in this memoir that brought
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Richard Jacques Did you ever consider doing this as Non-Fiction? How did you frame your choice?

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