Thursday, September 9, 2010
Book review: Between Two Worlds by Zainab Salbi & Laurie Becklund
Between Two Worlds: Escape from Tyranny: Growing Up in the Shadow of Saddam by Zainab Salbi and Laurie Becklund
The question "why did they stay?" haunts Salbi's memoir. She asks how Saddam Hussein "managed to make decent people like my parents complicit in their own oppression."
Future books will offer a more historically nuanced view of this time, but this memoir will continue to be read, exploring it does how, by barely perceptible stages, decent people make accommodations in a horrific regime.
Salbi is the founder of Women for Women International, an organization that assists women victimized by war.