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Lost Without My Daughter

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In 1987, American housewife Betty Mahmoody published Not Without My Daughter, which became a sensation. In the book, Betty claimed that she and Mahtob, her five-year-old daughter, had been kidnapped from the USA in 1984 and imprisoned in Tehran by her Iranian husband, Dr Sayed Mahmoody - aka 'Moody' - a man she vilified as a violent, sadistic monster.
Betty's story culmin
Kindle Edition, 161 pages
Published December 3rd 2013 by Thistle Publishing (first published December 2nd 2013)
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Merja Pohjola
Sep 15, 2014 Merja Pohjola rated it liked it
I won't give this book any stars, because I am so familiar with "Not without my daughter". So, this book really made me think whether I too am a victim of propaganda. True, when I saw the film and the end with the American flag and "we're home" I wanted to gag. No other nation is so darn proud of itself - and without any reason... I am sorry my American friends, but it is true! However, I do know the problems with female rights in Islamic countries (would be stupid if I didn't...) and I hate ...more
Anne Mackelvie
Jan 01, 2015 Anne Mackelvie rated it liked it
Hmmm, now who do I believe????
Chris Bedell
Feb 15, 2016 Chris Bedell rated it liked it
When words fail...

It's difficult to read this book. Not least because the syntax and grammar, as well as the narrative, are poorly executed. However, it should be read.

I read NWMD in the early 90s, through a teenagers eyes. Then, a few months ago, I read Mahtob's book. That, of course, led to this book. As has been said by others, collecting all facets of the story is important...which is why this book should be read. I have no doubt that Mahtob and Betty are telling the truth about Moody's abus
Mar 23, 2016 Sa rated it it was ok
The book was not so much about his family or his daughter as it was about the social and political aspects of the Iran/Iraqi war. Mahmoody argues against claims made by his wife, but then proceeds to gloss over his account of things, focusing instead primarily on his discussion of the war.

For me, who has both read the book and seen the film based on his wife's accounts, I felt that despite hers being seemingly too over-dramatized and exaggerated to be completely believable, his was far too sanit
Sheila Pritchard
Oct 20, 2014 Sheila Pritchard rated it really liked it
Absolutely fascinating! I didn't read or watch the movie of "not without my daughter" written by his wife. But this certainly shows the other side of the story. It also reveals a lot about life in Iran. A very good reminder not to make assumptions about people or about a culture. Very sad that Mahmody never did achieve justice or get to see his daughter again.
Tracy Roberts
May 26, 2016 Tracy Roberts marked it as to-read
I only got to read a all started with one of those "where are they now?" Moments. (Betty and Mahtob) That's how I found about Dr. Mahmoody's book. I was curious. What little I read didn't surprise me. Caught in a nightmare of his own making, of course he's not going to incriminate himself. I would still like to read the rest of his book.
Kourosh Keshavarz
Aug 28, 2014 Kourosh Keshavarz rated it it was amazing
What a brilliant read. 20 years after being shocked by Betty's story it was great to read the husband's story and realise that there are indeed two sides to any story. This is a must read!
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