Jean Sasson an American writer

March 2nd, 2009 - 4:15 pm ICT by Amrit Rashmisrisethi  

Jean Sasson is an American writer who usually writes about women in the Middle East.

She grew up in a small southern town, where her teacher Mrs. Sam Jackson reported that her student Jean had read all the books in the school library by the time she was 16 years old. Her heroes included Dr. Thomas Dooley, the physician humanitarian who devoted his life to the sick of Cambodia and Laos, and Raoul Wallenberg, the humanitarian who saved many people from the Nazi death camps.

Jean Sasson travelled to Saudi Arabia in 1978 to work in the King Faisal Hospital and Research Center in Riyadh as an administrative coordinator in Medical Affairs and worked at the hospital for 4 years, then married, living in Saudi Arabia until 1991 when she continued her travels of the world, visiting 66 countries.

Her first book was about the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait. The book, The Rape of Kuwait, was published in 1991. It quickly became a New York Times bestseller, selling over a million copies and reaching number two on the list. From then she have written many titles, mostly non-fiction, based with Middle Eastern theme.

Her other books also include :
Princess: A True Story of Life Behind the Veil in Saudi Arabia
Princess Sultana’s Daughters
Princess Sultana’s Circle
Ester’s Child
Mayada: Daughter of Iraq
Love in a Torn Land: Joanna of Kurdistan

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