Pouran Najafi was born in the northern city of Rasht in 1960. In 1979, in the throes of the anti-monarchical revolution and as a young student, she engaged in political activism and within a year found her lost gem in the ideals of the People's Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK). She enthusiastically and tirelessly began to distribute the organization's publications in order to raise awareness among the Iranian people regarding the new threat of Islamic fundamentalism.
She was later arrested and imprisoned at the notorious Evin prison. For five years, the mediaeval torturers of the prison tried to break her down. But it was them who would eventually tire and accept defeat in the face of this freedom fighter's resolve and relentless quest for liberty.
The end of her prison term and the return to her family tested her resolve once again. But instead of submitting to a normal existence, Pouran chose to dedicate her life to attaining the freedom of the Iranian people. She realized that the path to freedom is paved by the PMOI, and so sought to once again join the organization after her release from prison. The PMOI was the embodiment of her ideals and broader aspirations for her homeland.
In 1987, she fled to Iraq to join her colleagues in Camp Ashraf. After the 2003 invasion of Iraq by U.S.-led forces, Pouran faced yet another test. Over a decade of perseverance under the toughest of restrictions and an inhumane siege, compounded by frequent terrorist attacks by the Iranian regime and its proxies in Iraq, proved that Pouran stayed true to her promise to the Iranian people.
Pouran was slain on February 9, 2013, along with seven other heroic colleagues, when the Iranian regime's agents and their allies in the Iraqi government fired missiles on Camp Liberty.
A revealing collection of letters from Pulitzer Prize–winning poet Anne Sexton While confessional poet Anne Sexton included details of her life and battle with mental illness in her published work, her letters to family, friends, and fellow poets provide an even more intimate glimpse into her private world. Selected from thousands of letters and edited by Linda Gray Sexton, the poet’s daughter, and Lois Ames, one of her closest friends, this collection exposes Sexton’s inner life from her boarding school days through her years of growing fame and ultimately to the months leading up to her suicide. Correspondence with writers like W. D. Snodgrass, Robert Lowell, and May Swenson reveals Sexton’s growing confidence in her identity as a poet as she discusses her craft, publications, and teaching appointments. Her private letters chart her marriage to Alfred “Kayo” Sexton, from the giddy excitement following their elopement to their eventual divorce; her grief over the death of her parents; her great love for her daughters balanced with her frustration with the endless tasks of being a housewife; and her persistent struggle with depression. Going beyond the angst and neuroses of her poetry, these letters portray the full complexities of the woman behind the art: passionate, anguished, ambitious, and yearning for connection.
The “magnificent” Pulitzer Prize–winning and #1 New York Times–bestselling novel about the preacher who led America’s bloodiest slave revolt (The New York Times).The Confessions of Nat Turner is William Styron’s complex and richly drawn imagining of Nat Turner, the leader of the 1831 slave rebellion in Virginia that led to the deaths of almost sixty men, women, and children. Published at the height of the civil rights movement, the novel draws upon the historical Nat Turner’s confession to his attorney, made as he awaited execution in a Virginia jail. This powerful narrative, steeped in the brutal and tragic history of American slavery, reveals a Turner who is neither a hero nor a demon, but rather a man driven to exact vengeance for the centuries of injustice inflicted upon his people.Nat Turner is a galvanizing portrayal of the crushing institution of slavery, and Styron’s deeply layered characterization is a stunning rendering of one man’s violent struggle against oppression. This ebook features a new illustrated biography of William Styron, including original letters, rare photos, and never-before-seen documents from the Styron family and the Duke University Archives.
On April 12, 1961, Yuri Gagarin became the first person in history to leave the Earth's atmosphere and venture into space. His flight aboard a Russian Vostok rocket lasted only 108 minutes, but at the end of it he had become the most famous man in the world. Back on the ground, his smiling face captured the hearts of millions around the globe. Film stars, politicians and pop stars from Europe to Japan, India to the United States vied with each other to shake his hand.
Despite this immense fame, almost nothing is known about Gagarin or the exceptional people behind his dramatic space flight. Starman tells for the first time Gagarin's personal odyssey from peasant to international icon, his subsequent decline as his personal life began to disintegrate under the pressures of fame, and his final disillusionment with the Russian state. President Kennedy's quest to put an American on the Moon was a direct reaction to Gagarin's achievement--yet before that successful moonshot occurred, Gagarin himself was dead, aged just thirty-four, killed in a mysterious air crash. Publicly the Soviet hierarchy mourned; privately their sighs of relief were almost audible, and the KGB report into his death remains secret.
Entwined with Gagarin's history is that of the breathtaking and highly secretive Russian space program - its technological daring, its triumphs and disasters. In a gripping account, Jamie Doran and Piers Bizony reveal the astonishing world behind the scenes of the first great space spectacular, and how Gagarin's flight came frighteningly close to destruction.
INTRODUCING guide to the hugely influential German thinker. Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel is one of the greatest thinkers of all time. No other philosopher has had such a profound impact on the ideas and political events of the 20th century. Hegel's influential writings on philosophy, politics, history and art are parts of a larger systematic whole. They are also among the most difficult in the entire literature of philosophy. Introducing Hegel guides us through a spectacular system of thought which aimed to make sense of history. The book also provides new perspectives on contemporary postmodern debates about 'metanarratives' (Lyotard) and the 'end of history' (Fukuyama). It is an ideal introduction to this crucial figure in the history of philosophy, and is indispensable for anyone trying to understand such key modern thinkers as Marx, Lacan, Satre and Adorno.
This book is a fact-based story exposing the experiences of one of many children (the author) who grew up inside the perimeter of a Nazi concentration camp which was built in Ireland before WW2 and was operating until 1974.
This is the first of three books with eye witness accounts of the biggest mass murders the world has ever seen.
It is now coming to light that Adolf Hitler was in fact decapitated on the West Coast of Ireland at 3am on a Sunday morning at the age of 85 in front of witnesses. His second in command, Goebbels, lived well into his nineties with severe breathing difficulties. The area is still guarded and patrolled to this day by plain-clothed psychopaths still on the payroll.
A young girl was abused by her family and ostracized for being associated with Satan, the devil; Out of the Darkness shares her story of redemption.
Born in the northeastern United States to parents from the Caribbean, author Michelle Bless was raised in a home of violence and suspicion. Her father regularly beat her mother and siblings but initially spared her because of her perceived association with Satan. Even so, this did not save her from other abuses; she witnessed incidents of violence, incest, and other horrible, unthinkable acts. One hot summer day in 1997, Michelle was introduced to the Lord and denounced Satan, thus beginning the process of giving her life to the Lord. After two years of demonic attacks, she was fully delivered of all strongholds and has never looked back. Today she lives for the Lord.
Her firsthand knowledge of how low a life can plummet into the depths of despair enables her to understand and relate to what others are facing as they struggle to find God in their lives. Michelle is on a mission to bring as many lost souls to God as possible by relating her personal life struggles and testimony to anyone who will open their hearts to her story.
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