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Christiane Bird is the author of "Neither East Nor West: One Woman's Journey Through the Islamic Republic of Iran "and "The""Jazz and Blues Lover's Guide to the U.S.," and coauthor of "Below the Line: Living Poor in America." A graduate of Yale University, she lives in New York City. "From the Hardcover edition."
"I cannot recommend too highly this brilliantly evocative portrait of people who have suffered terrible crimes, but endured, with remarkable courage andcharm and undying hope, captured with rare sensitivity and sympathetic understanding in Bird's deeply moving account of her journeys through their lands and her sharing of their lives."--NOAM CHOMSKY "One of Christiane Bird's revelations in "A Thousand Sighs, a Thousand Revolts" is that in the Middle East, one should never confuse minority with marginality. This account by a particularly attentive American woman journeying into the land of the Kurds . . . helps readers understand the most striking feature of the Middle East: complexity."--FATEMA MERNISSI, author of "Beyond the Veil" and "Islam and Democracy ""Christiane Bird writes well, with an open mind, an eye for detail, and a clear voice. No one who wishes to be informed on what is going on in the world can afford to skip this important book about a little known and often abused people."--MARK KURLANSKY, author of "1968: The Year That Rocked the World "and" A Basque History of the World""Christiane Bird travels enviably and intrepidly about her selected neck of the world. In "A Thousand Sighs, a Thousand Revolts," she writes intelligently, personably, tirelessly, and engrossingly about the Kurds, a people execrably abused and eminently worth learning about."--EDWARD HOAGLAND "From the Hardcover edition."