Title : Prisoner
Format : Hardcover
Pages : 320 pages
Publisher : Jason Rezaian
ISBN : 9780062691576

“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 about Iran—and Jason Rezaian has seen both of those faces”   — Anthony BourdainThe 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 dealIn 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 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 dealIn 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