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  • Mass Market Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Paperbacks; 2 edition (Feb. 15 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312925883
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312925888
  • Product Dimensions: 10.5 x 3 x 17.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 358 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (151 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #70,954 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Betty Lover met the perfect "dark stranger" in a Michigan hospital. Her Iranian therapist, Dr. Sayyed Bozorg Mahmoody, became her husband and the father of their daughter, Mahtob. Despite the vicissitudes of the Iran-U.S. hostage crisis, Betty and he flourished until their summer "vacation" in Iran in 1984. The next year and a half were a nightmare. Betty and Mahtob, held hostage by Mahmoody and his family, were subjected to Islamic fundamentalism, Persian nationalistic fanaticism, and a life of squalor. This compelling tale of their terror and escape from Iran is recommended for most libraries. Literary Guild alternate. David P. Snider, Casa Grande P.L., Ariz .
Copyright 1987 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on Feb. 24 2003
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Not Without My Daughter is the true story/biography of Betty Mahmoody, who accompanies her husband on a supposed two-week vacation to his native homeland, Iran, along with their daughter. Betty is well aware of the fact that once in Iran, she has nearly no rights, contrary to that of an American woman. As a woman, and especially an American she is looked down upon by others. A
This book, while coming under heavy criticism for it's portrayal of the Iranian lifestyle and customs is still quite a good read. The book is somewhat suspenseful, always with plot twists and intricate detail. The detail is so intricate, in fact, that I read it over and over.
However, many events in the book are supposed to be exaagerated. I do not believe this, because the book is taking place during a time period in which Iran is embroiled in a bitter war with Iraq, which changes every single circumstance in the perspective of a reader.
Not Without My Daughter is almost like a survival story, because Betty makes choices and she vows to escape with her daughter several times in the story. The mother-daughter bond is a constant theme in this story as children belong to the father in Iran and no one can simply identify with Betty's maternal instinct.
Despite the fact that people think it is over-exxagerated, it really is not. However, times have changed, and the book can not be put in any time period and work with the reader. Reading this book will give you an insight into what it is like in third-world countries like Iran, coupled with a mother and child's desperate desire for freedom. A compelling, yet disturbing book, Not Without My Daughter is an interesting, motivational, and overall dramatic book for someone looking to be deeply sensitized in an adventure.
P.S. - The book is definetely more in-depth and more detailed than the made for TV movie, starring Sally Field, produced by Pathe Entertainment, and released in 1991.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 27 2000
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This book details the frightening journey of Betty Mahmoody and her daughter, Mahtob. Betty accompanied her husband on a "two week vacation" to Iran to visit his relatives. When the two weeks were up, he informed her that they were all going to stay in Iran permanently. Since Islamic women have no rights, Betty could not leave Iran or take her daughter out of that country without her husband's written permission. If she was caught trying to escape, she could be executed. To make matters worse, her husband had become physically abusive since their arrival in Iran, and she truly feared for her life. Betty openly gives details of the daily hell that was her life in Iran, and about her escape from there. I would like to make it clear that Betty did not knock ALL Iranians, because there were many people over there who helped her tremendously. One man risked his life to get her out of there, and she is eternally grateful to him.
... It gives the reader a lot to think about. I watched the movie first, and later read the book. Sally Field was terrific in the movie, and you got a real feel for the story there. My recommendation is to see the movie first, then read the book. Betty showed how strong a mother's love can be, and she is a role model for women everywhere.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By JGC on July 8 2000
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NOT WITHOUT MY DAUGHTER is one of the very best books that I have ever read. My only regret is that I can't give this book more than 5 stars. Betty Mahmoody is very courageous for telling her story.
This is a story about an American housewife who goes to Iran with her husband and daughter. Her husbands decides to keep her in his homeland against her will. She is a virtual prisoner at the mercy of her corrupt husband. Her basic human rights were violated, rights that any ordinary person takes for granted. She finally finds help to get back home but the journey isn't easy.
This book gives a really positive message which is that there is good in people all around the world. There were many Iranians who were willing to help her no matter what the consequences were.
I recommend this book to anyone who is interested in equality and human rights. Also, on the same topic I recommend any books by Jean Sasson.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Becky on June 16 2000
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For Betty and Mahtob, what began as a two week family vacation with their husband and father ended in Turkey eighteen months later after an exhausting and terrifying journey through some of the harshest terrain on the planet. With each step taken toward their quest for freedom they risked their lives, but, after having been forced to exist in a culture where women are treated as second class citizens and where they would not be able to experience the freedom of choice (within boundaries, of course) to which every individual is entitled, they each knew that it was a risk that they would have to take. If the real definition of the word heroism is choosing the right path despite great danger and adversity, then Betty and Mahtob are heroes. They were prisoners, and what prisoner who longs for his or her freedom would not act in a similar manner to them in order to attain it? To those who denounce this book as racist, I would have to disagree, for how else would Betty and Mahtob have gained their freedom if it hadn't been for the actions of several courageous Iranians? They, and a host of their fellow countrmen, are, I feel, depicted very positively in this story, as they should be. "Not Without My Daughter" weaves a rich tapestry of descriptive detail of life in a third world country which most Westerners will never be able to experience firsthand. I felt as though I was at school with Mahtob and going to the market with Betty as she struggled to obtain the little amenities which we Westerners take for granted. That is where the success of Betty's storytelling lies - with her full and exacting accounts of daily life in Iran. But most of all, "Not Without My Daughter" is a moving account of the power of maternal love, and what a mother will do if that love is threatened.
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