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.
Discover the golden age of sixteenth-century England and its fascinating monarch. Elizabeth the 1st was perhaps the most influential sovereign England has ever known. Her father, Henry VIII, brutally murdered her mother and declared her a bastard; as he kept taking and discarding wives, Elizabeth had to build intelligence and presence to stay alive in the intrigue-laden Tudor court. When she at last ascended the throne, it was to inherit a bankrupt, famished, and powerless country. She would prove herself more than worthy of her position and become the most powerful rule of her time, succeeding in replenishing its treasury, healing its religious rifts, and bringing forth military victories. Her influence on the flowering of English culture was also tremendous. Discover the most fascinating character of the Virgin Queen, who never married although her councilors told her it would be her only chance of survival; delve deeper into this major page of British and European history with this lively audiobook.
"Like most fathers, I'd dreamt of doing all sorts of things with my son. I had so many plans, but when I was told my son was autistic, those plans seemed more like a fantasy. Well, eight years after that dreadful diagnosis, I am writing this book to let every father know that your plans for you and your son can still be a reality. It's just the path that takes you there that has to be altered."Autism affects four times as many boys as it does girls. For their fathers, expectations and hopes are drastically changed-NFL star Rodney Peete's were when his son R.J. was diagnosed at the age of three. After a period of anger and denial, an all-too-common reaction among fathers, Rodney joined his wife, Holly, in her efforts to help their son. With determination, love, and understanding, the family worked with R.J. to help him once again engage with the world. Eight challenging years later, R.J. has gone from the son one doctor warned would never say, "I love you," to a thriving, vibrant boy who scored his first soccer goal while his dad cheered from the sidelines.
"These are the boys of Pointe du Hoc. Theseare the men who took the cliffs. These are thechampions who helped free a continent. Theseare the heroes who helped end a war."-Ronald Reagan, June 6, 1984,Normandy, France
Acclaimed historian and author of the "New York Times" bestselling Tour of Duty Douglas Brinkley tells the riveting account of the brave U.S. Army Rangers who stormed the coast of Normandy on D-Day and the President, forty years later, who paid them homage.
The importance of Pointe du Hoc to Allied planners like General Dwight Eisenhower cannot be overstated. The heavy U.S. and British warships poised in the English Channel had eighteen targets on their bombardment list for D-Day morning. The 100-foot promontory known as Pointe du Hoc -- where six big German guns were ensconced -- was number one. General Omar Bradley, in fact, called knocking out the Nazi defenses at the Pointe the toughest of any task assigned on June 6, 1944. Under the bulldoggish command of Colonel James E. Rudder of Texas, who is profiled here, these elite forces "Rudder's Rangers" -- took control of the fortified cliff. The liberation of Europe was under way.
Based upon recently released documents from the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library, the Eisenhower Center, Texas A & M University, and the U.S. Army Military History Institute, The Boys of Pointe du Hoc is the first in-depth, anecdotal remembrance of these fearless Army Rangers. With brilliant deftness, Brinkley moves between two events four decades apart to tell the dual story of the making of Reagan's two uplifting 1984 speeches, considered by many to be among the best orations the Great Communicator ever gave, and the actual heroic event, which was indelibly captured as well in the opening scenes of Steven Spielberg's "Saving Private Ryan".Just as compellingly, Brinkley tells the story of how Lisa Zanatta Henn, the daughter of a D-Day veteran, forged a special friendship with President Reagan that changed public perceptions of World War II veterans forever. Two White House speechwriters -- Peggy Noonan and Tony Dolan -- emerge in the narrative as the master scribes whose ethereal prose helped Reagan become the spokesperson for the entire World War II generation.
Shenandoah Chefalo is on a wholly dysfunctional journey through a childhood with neglectful, drug-and alcohol addicted parents. She endures numerous moves in the middle of the night with just minutes to pack, multiple changes in schools, hunger, cruelty, and loneliness.
Finally at the age of thirteen, Shen had had enough. After being abandoned by her mother for months at her grandmother's retirement community, she asks to be put into foster care. Surely she would fare better at a stable home than living with her mother? It turns out that it was not the storybook ending she had hoped for. When a car accident lands her in the hospital with grave injuries and no one comes to visit her during her three-week stay, she realizes she is truly all alone in the world.
Overcoming many adversities, Shen became part of the three percent of all foster care children who get into college, and the one percent who graduate. Despite her numerous achievements in life though, she still suffers from the long-term effects of neglect, and the coping skills that she adapted in her childhood are not always productive in her adult life.
Garbage Bag Suitcase is not only the inspiring and hair-raising story of one woman's journey to overcome her desolate childhood, but it also presents grass-root solutions on how to revamp the broken foster care system.
A Stranger than fiction spiritual journey.If You Give a Pig a Pancake meets Dr. Strange!Julie starts out trying to heal her broken heart and life with a Reiki session. Feeling sick after the Reiki session, she seeks out a different healer for more healing. Julie begins to have mystical and supernatural experiences and finds herself amidst a spiritual awakening. At forty-eight years old, Julie is finally awakening to her true reality. Julie becomes aware that she had repressed memories of being abused and neglected as a child. She believed that if she retrieved the memories it would help her heal. Julie finds herself in a cave in the New Mexico desert with hopes of retrieving her memories through more healings.Through her healings a lot is revealed to Julie. She discovers that she has been affected by both personal and generational Karma from her past lives. She discovers that her life purpose is to become a Spiritual Master and Healer. Julie is faced with the decision to answer God’s call and follow a mystical path to fulfill her destiny. Julie's quest then shifts from trying to retrieve her repressed memories to a quest for spiritual enlightenment.
The unforgettable memoir of a WWII French Resistance fighter who survived the Nazi concentration camps Auschwitz and Buchenwald. Paul le Goupil was about to take his first job as a teacher when Germany invaded France in May of 1940. Soon after, he joined the Front National and found his life irreversibly shaped by the horrors of the Second World War. Organizing the Front Patriotique de la Jeunesse in Normandy in 1943, le Goupil was militant in his defiance of the Nazi occupation of his homeland, but nevertheless was captured by the Gestapo. What followed was a catalog of brutality and despair, first in solitary confinement in French prisons, later in several labor camps, leading finally to Auschwitz and Buchenwald. He was subjected to beatings, starvation, and a torturous SS march before his miraculous liberation at the hands of the Russian army. His experiences are captured here in a memoir rich with detail, emotion, and the spirit of a true survivor.
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