Between Two Worlds: My Life and Captivity in Iran
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Between Two Worlds: My Life and Captivity in Iran

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On the morning of January 31, 2009, Roxana Saberi, an Iranian-American journalist working in Iran, was forced from her home by four men and secretly detained in Iran's notorious Evin Prison. The intelligence agents who captured her accused her of espionage—a charge she denied. For several days, Saberi was held in solitary confinement, ruthlessly interrogated, and cut off f...more
Published March 30th 2010 by HarperCollins e-books (first published 2010)
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After six years of living in Iran, the country of her father, while doing interviews and research for a book she planned to write Roxana Saberi was roused from sleep and hauled out of her apartment for hours and then days of unrelenting hostile questioning in January 2009. Charged with espionage, she spent more than 100 days in the notorious Evin prison, sometimes in solitary confinement and never with more than a blanket on the floor for a bed.

Her interrogators pressured her to make false conf...more
I couldn't put this one down, like many of the other reviewers. I remember seeing the video footage of Saberi as she was being held, and it was really interesting to see the other side of the story. I think probably the two most striking things about her story have to do with the other prisoners, and the irrationality and paranoia of the Iranian government. When we learn about the recent history of Iran through Saberi, the thing that stands out is how forcefully the government comes down on diff...more
Serge van Neck
I remember when Roxana Saberi was in the news. She was an Iranian-American reporter who had been detained by Iranian authorities, and the U.S. State Department was pulling diplomatic strings to negotiate her release. For many people watching the news, this was just another story of a reporter who had somehow run afoul of the Iranian government's inscrutable laws, and who would, after a few scary moments, be reunited with her family. I knew better. But I did not know nearly enough.

I had heard tha...more
I read this book earlier this year. I found it riveting and I'm glad I read it. I've been very curious of different views of Iran- a country that has an important affect on world politics (not always for the better). What I enjoyed about this book is Roxana's humanity. She does not write a tome of her heroism, but instead she is not afraid to show her vulnerabilies and her fears. She also shows the absurdities of her captors- but more interestingly, she focuses on her fellow prisoners. This is t...more
There was something about this book that was hard to read. The story was interesting - an American writer in Iran getting arrested and accused of being a spy for the US government. Between Two Worlds covers Miss Saberi's time in captivity as she is interrogated.

Even though the story was interesting, I found I had to force myself to finish the book. The narrator seems distanced from the events themselves which makes me feel distant from her story. The events are told in past tense and are constan...more
This book was fascinating on several accounts. First, the techniques used by Saberi's captors to intimidate and coerce her are frightening and telling. Near the end, she begins to see through their techniques and realizes that they are really all about power. I also found it interesting that the regime is so obsessed with maintaining their absolute power, and justifying their hatred toward America, that they will incarcerate people they know are innocent and force false confessions out of them.

It's easy to criticize your own country and the way it's run when that's all you know. This story of Roxana Saberi's experiences in Iran sure made me grateful I live where I do and enjoy the freedoms I do.

Miss Saberi is an American citizen and she was born here in the United States to an Iranian father and Japanese mother. As an adult, she finds herself in Iran as a journalist. She lives there for six years and comes to love the people and the culture. But because of the hardliners who run the r...more
It was just alright... It's an informative book, but I thought it was a little bland. Not that I wished she had been, but she wasn't physically abused in the jail, and she really wasn't in there for very long. I don't mean to sound insensitive, and maybe it's cause the last book I read was Unbroken (unbelievable true story!!), but this story was a little boring. Also, she never says what happened with her and her boyfriend/fiance after her release. Follow up could have been better, and pictures...more
Fascinating look at an Iranian-American journalist's time spent in prison in Iran during 2009. She tells her story well; when I had to put the book down I couldn't wait to get back to it to see what would happen to her next, even though I knew she was eventually freed. I also liked her depictions of her various cellmates. It was very interesting to see this side of the Iranian regime. It can't help but make you appreciate America and the freedoms we enjoy (and take for granted)!
Chris Ross
I listened to the audio book. It was pretty lousy on so many levels. Where to begin? First, I guess Roxana should have not read her own book because she speaks so softly and without much inflection in her voice it was almost painful. Second, it was just a rather boring book. Okay I get the fact that you were imprisoned against your will from what I could make out for about 3 months (5 months actually according to the CD case back), and you wrote a book about it which is not very good. The time f...more
I enjoyed this book so much that I ended up reading it twice within a short period of time. Roxana Saberi's inheritance of her father's writing skills coupled with her extensive education in journalism and linguistics, make her a natural writer at heart. Although over 300 pages, 'Between Two Worlds' is a very quick read simply due to being one of those rare books that's very hard to put down, especially if one is somewhat familiar with the details of the writer's arrest and captivity. Also, the...more
This is an easy read, in simple, straightforward language and with a mostly linear structure which I appreciate after having read too many memoirs with ponderous flashbacks. Saberi seems very honest and real, if a bit naive and even selfish at first.

Early in the book she "confesses" to made-up charges that her interrogators pressure her into, which made me dislike her more than a little. I mean, come on, Roxana, you've been in prison for what, a week? Don't you have any backbone? But then she di...more
I really enjoyed this book because she generously uses her own experience to bring attention to Iran's policies, politics, and culture that result in the imprisoning of thousands of innocents. It's interesting to consider how paranoid yet insulated and thus ill-informed the powers that be are--a bad combination (they believe, or say they believe, for example, that Seattle's Post-Intelligencer newspaper is an arm of the CIA because it has "Intelligence" in its name). Thus the regime operates on d...more
Mr. Olvera
Many have read 1984, more still know the premise, and most have at least heard of it. That said, what we might do if we were in the position of Winston Smith - the protagonist of 1984 - is not a situation that anyone in a right state of mind would submit themselves to. Now this is not to say that Roxana Saberi, who had entered Iran in her mid-20s as a journalist, did. She was, however, a sufferer of much of the same mental agony as anyone who is devoured by governments that do not value individu...more
Tess Mertens-Johnson
Maybe because I just finished "Unbroken", I found this memoir a bit vanilla.
Roxana is an Iranian /Asian woman who was living in Iran writing a book about the country. She was interviewing people of various walks of life, when she is arrested and accused by one of her interviewees that she was a spy for the US.
This book is her journal of her captivity and release from prison. The US get s involved, she staged a hunger strike, and her parents come from South Dakota to help.
She is released, and alo...more
This book is a breezy ready (I finished it in a day), but that doesn't mean it is without quality or substance. On the contrary, Ms. Saberi's book is an excellent example of personal, long form journalism. She details her experiences at the hands of her captors with humility, honesty, and, as far as I can tell, a lack of varnish. Additionally, she provides valuable insight into the socio-political climate of modern day Iran. This is the kind of information to which more Americans should be expos...more
If you want to succeed in life, this book is for you. As long as you are human beings, you run into some difficulties in life whether they are life-threatening or a bit challenging for you. Roxana knows how to be courageous enough to survive any life-threatening incidents. Even if you are dealing with your business, big projects, school assignments, relationship, you need to have courage. Without it, your knowledge won’t help at all. The book is about what's happening in the world, especially in...more
What a story! She went from being Miss North Dakota and a top ten finalist in the Miss America project to being a journalist in Iran and then finally a prisoner in Iran. This book is the story of her captivity and it captures the reader from the first. I enjoyed meeting her in person and hearing her speak about her life in Iran as well as reading the book! I recommend it to those who might be interested. (2010)
Ara Stepanian
I really enjoyed this book, I was following Roxana's situation day by day, and always thought to what is behind the scenes of this story, and when I read this book, I could feel every moment of her life in prison, I can understand what she said completely, I am from Iran, and know how they treat their prisoners. I recommend this book to our fellows who like to know about other cultures and countries.
I recommend this book to my goodreads friends, eagerly doing so since this book is not only a testament to the triumph of the human spirit over adversity, but also a homage to the plight of the Iranian people today, whose rich culture, proud history and political situation are also touched-upon in this great work by Roxana Saberi without losing focus of the story.
Thank goodness for all the publicity she received from the media, as I am pretty sure she may have rotted in the Iranian prison of she had been an "unknown ". It seems like a miracle that she wasn't tortured or abused.
I too had a hard time feeling excessive compassion for her imprisonment, when she was residing in a country where she should have known there is no respect for human rights, or a clear judicial system. There is just no sense to be made of it all. Roxana could have worked in any cou...more
A book I have picked up and put down often. It is an enlightening and heartening read - well written. The subject, however, is not light and tends to rile me up as I read. Not a book for before bed or for a lazy day. Highly recommended for discussion and cultural, political information.
I read this book over two nights. I couldn't put it down. Saberi does a great job of explaining the cultural, political and religious aspects of Iran in the context of her captivity. It also gave me a new appreciation for the freedoms and rights we have in the United States.
A fascinating account of journalist Roxanda Saberi's 100 days in Iranian prison. Written without bitterness or recrimination, Saberi shows a love for the Iranian people and country of Iran while calling out it's corrupt leadership.
Amy Pinkham
Amy Pinkham
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The author of Between Two Worlds wrote about her life and captivity in Iran. Roxana Saberi is an American journalist with Iranian and Japanese decent. Her father’s family lives in Iran and Saberi was there with a press pass while reporting for news stations and writing a novel based on the diversity of standpoints in Iran. One night, four Iranian intelligence agents forced her from her home. She was told that if she cooperated, then she would be released by that evening. Alt...more
Beth Bernier Pratt
I liked this book, but in a way it was hard to read. Not that the writing wasn't good, but just the fatigue induced by ongoing outrage at the injustice of it all.
Luana Reis
Reading Roxana's book made me think about perseverance, true beliefs and overcoming fear. I definitely receomend this book.
I had wanted to read this book since I was very familiar with the author and her reporting. Ms. Saberi was a regular contributor on NPR Radio and I remember last year, when it was reported that she had been taken into Tehran's infamous "Evin Prison". Having grown up in Tehran, I am very familiar with the macabre, high walls of that prison and since I was a child, we always knew that dark practices lay within, either during the reign of Reza Shah Pahlavi and his secret service (SAVAK) or after th...more
Reading Roxana’s story made me very emotional. I spent almost the entire 336 pages enraged by the injustices she faced. I went into this book ignorant of many aspects of Iranian culture, and found Roxana’s explanations of unfamiliar terms and practices accessible and well-integrated (though there were occasions on which I got a little thrown by excessive explanation of religious holidays, but that was probably just me).

I became very connected to Roxana and her story very quickly. Her style of wr...more
I saw a lecture given by Roxana Saberi about this book last year (2010, probably sometime around its publication) and I remember finding her an interesting personality with an amazing story. The book hit my to-read list immediately but I never saw a copy at the bookstore. I was delighted a couple of weeks ago to see a copy on display at my local library and I snatched it up.

This book, Saberi's memoir of her time in Evin Prison in Iran, made me feel afraid, sad, furious, and joyful by turns. As a...more
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Roxana Saberi moved to Iran in 2003 to work as the Iran correspondent for the U.S.-based Feature Story News. She filed reports for organizations such as NPR, BBC, ABC Radio and Fox News and was working on a book about Iranian society when she was arrested on January 31, 2009. Saberi was later sentenced to eight years in prison on a trumped-up charge of espionage. In May 2009, an Iranian court over...more
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