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Behind the Veil:  An American Woman's Memoir of the 1979 Iran Hostage Crisis

Behind the Veil: An American Woman's Memoir of the 1979 Iran Hostage Crisis
Debra Johanyak
Akron, Ohio : The University of Akron Press, 2007
E183.8 .I55 J64 2007

This book is a testament to the Iranian people who supported me during important phases of my personal development. It also tells the story of two nations in conflict over a series of political events involving rulers like Shah Reza Pahlavi and the Ayatollah Khomeini as well as the nameless masses that included me, a woman with dual citizenship, suspended between two feuding governments. Like divorced parents with shared custody, the United States and Iran nurtured our family in differing yet complementary ways. It is unfortunate that they remain estranged more than a quarter century after the 1970 diplomatic break.

In this book, I have tried to recreate memories, conversations, and anecdotes from that intense time. Sometimes I have guessed at phrasing or details when I could not be sure of dialogue. Letters, periodicals, and my personal journal were sources for many statements. In certain cases, names and descriptions have been altered to protect privacy, while some figures represent multidimensional composites. Key players are drawn from life. Any errors are unintentional, as truth remains an important means of healing the past and building the future.

Much remains to be done toward renewing relations between the United States and Iran. Both governments must set aside the veil of pretense to face past indiscretions and embrace future goals. I hope this book contribures toward those efforts.

Quoted from the Preface.