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Prisoner: My 544 Days in an Iranian Prison: Solitary Confinement, a Sham Trial, High-Stakes Diplomacy...
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Jason Rezaian
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Prisoner: My 544 Days in an Iranian Prison: Solitary Confinement, a Sham Trial, High-Stakes Diplomacy and the Extraordinary Efforts it Took to Get Me Out

Jason Rezaian


9780062691576

ECCO Press


Autobiography: historical, political & military;
Memoirs;
History;
Prisons;
Politics & government;
Press & journalism


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320 pages

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An important story. Harrowing, and suspenseful, yes-but it's also a deep dive into a complex and egregiously misunderstood country with two very different faces. There is no better time to know more about Iran-and Jason Rezaian has seen both of those faces.

- Anthony Bourdain The dramatic memoir of the journalist who was held hostage in a high-security prison in Tehran for eighteen months and whose release-which almost didn't happen-became a part of the Iran nuclear deal In July 2014, Washington Post Tehran bureau chief Jason Rezaian was arrested by Iranian police, accused of spying for America. The charges were absurd. Rezaian's reporting was a mix of human interest stories and political analysis. He had even served as a guide for Anthony Bourdain's Parts Unknown. Initially, Rezaian thought the whole thing was a terrible misunderstanding, but soon realized that it was much more dire as it became an eighteen-month prison stint with impossibly high diplomatic stakes.

While in prison, Rezaian had tireless advocates working on his behalf. His brother lobbied political heavyweights including John Kerry and Barack Obama and started a social media campaign-#FreeJason-while Jason's wife navigated the red tape of the Iranian security apparatus, all while the courts used Rezaian as a bargaining chip in negotiations for the Iran nuclear deal.

In Prisoner, Rezaian writes of his exhausting interrogations and farcical trial. He also reflects on his idyllic childhood in Northern California and his bond with his Iranian father, a rug merchant; how his teacher Christopher Hitchens inspired him to pursue journalism; and his life-changing decision to move to Tehran, where his career took off and he met his wife. Written with wit, humor, and grace, Prisoner brings to life a fascinating, maddening culture in all its complexity.

Jason paid a deep price in defense of journalism and his story proves that not everyone who defends freedom carries a gun, some carry a pen. -John F. Kerry, 68th Secretary of State

By:   Jason Rezaian
Imprint:   ECCO Press
Country of Publication:   United States
Dimensions:   Height: 229mm,  Width: 152mm,  Spine: 27mm
Weight:   513g
ISBN:   9780062691576
ISBN 10:   0062691570
Pages:   320
Publication Date:   January 2019
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Jason Rezaian served as Tehran bureau chief for the Washington Post and is now an opinion writer for the paper and contributor to CNN. He was convicted-but never sentenced-of espionage in a closed-door trial in Iran in 2015. He lives in Washington, DC, with his wife.


A deeply personal account of one journalist's determination to find and report the truth, his fervent commitment to a free press, and his even more profound love for the family from whom he was separated. --John F. Kerry, 68th Secretary of State An important story. Harrowing, and suspenseful, yes--but it's also a deep dive into a complex and egregiously misunderstood country with two very different faces. There is no better time to know more about Iran--and Jason Rezaian has seen both of those faces. --Anthony Bourdain

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