I first started getting interested in the lives of women in the Middle East once I began reading Jean Sasson's books. The first book I read of hers was the first that she published, "The Rape of Kuwait." From then on I became an instant fan. Not only because I spent time in Kuwait and could vision and empathize with the stories she reported, but because I love oral histories. Her first hand accounts of the disasters, fears, and struggles that people (mainly women) face intrique me because they give an insiders account of history.
Jean's most recent book is, "Growing up bin Laden" which is the story of Osama bin Laden's first wife and fourth born son. Most of all, it gives us insight into the type of father Osama was and is: strict, un-loving, and hateful of America(ns).
Jean is very personable and the stories that she writes can help us understand the Middle East's past, and realize that not all people in that part of the world are evil.
I love my country dearly and I care deeply for the friends that served with me in Desert Storm. I think about the soldiers that are in the Middle East now and wonder how they're doing. I hope they have everything they need to keep them safe and I wish they would come home soon. Almost every night when I lay my head down on my pillow and get snug under the covers, I think of all the soldiers who are over there on guard in the early morning hours while I am warm and restful in my bed. And then, I thank them!