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Publisher's Summary

An extraordinary memoir from an Iranian journalist in exile about leaving her country, challenging tradition, and sparking an Online movement against compulsory hijab.

A photo on Masih's Facebook page: a woman standing proudly, face bare, hair blowing in the wind. Her crime: removing her veil, or hijab, which is compulsory for women in Iran. This is the self-portrait that sparked "My Stealthy Freedom", a social media campaign that went viral.

But Masih is so much more than the arresting face that sparked a campaign inspiring women to find their voices. She's also a world-class journalist whose personal story, told in her unforgettably bold and spirited voice, is emotional and inspiring. She grew up in a traditional village where her mother, a tailor and respected figure in the community, was the exception to the rule in a culture where women reside in their husbands' shadows. As a teenager, Masih was arrested for political activism and was surprised to discover she was pregnant while in police custody. When she was released, she married quickly and followed her young husband to Tehran, where she was later served divorce papers to the shame and embarrassment of her religiously conservative family. Masih spent nine years struggling to regain custody of her beloved only son and was forced into exile, leaving her homeland and her heritage. Following Donald Trump's notorious immigration ban, Masih found herself separated from her child, who lives abroad, once again.

A testament to a spirit that remains unbroken, and an enlightening, intimate invitation into a world we don't know nearly enough about, The Wind in My Hair is the extraordinary memoir of a woman who overcame enormous adversity to fight for what she believes in, and to encourage others to do the same.

©2018 Masih Alinejad (P)2018 Hachette Audio

Critic Reviews

"With mighty righteousness on her side and bravery in her heart, Masih Alinejad is a flame-thrower for the rights of all women who live under the thumb of repression and injustice." (Tina Brown, author of The Vanity Fair Diaries)

"Masih Alinejad is a fearless champion for women's rights. She built her career as a reporter uncovering powerful truths and writing passionately in support of human rights in a country where doing so meant risking one's freedom and safety. Her book is a must-read for anyone who cares about women's equality and autonomy-in Iran, the United States, and everywhere." (Sheryl Sandberg, COO of Facebook and founder of LeanIn.Org and OptionB.Org) 

"Masih Alinejad's inspiring journey from an ordinary working-class village girl in Iran into a transnational activist-journalist is a testimony to not only her talents and passionate dedication to equal rights, but also to the aspiration and determination of many Iranian women whose stories are recounted by her. Masih's courageous journey is part of a growing women's rights movement that resonates with women everywhere." (Nayereh Tohidi, director, Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies at California State, Northridge)

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Excellent, informative, and interesting

I loved this book so much that I took breaks in listening towards the end because I didn't want it to end and I was trying to draw it out as much as possible. I knew on a basic level about human rights being denied in Iran, especially to women. This book offered concrete examples and made that experience real for me; all with an interesting story.

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loved it.

I cried and laughed with & by you. Masih this book wasn't only your story it was my story it was our story.
Congratulation on all of your achievements.
I'm proud of you as an Iranian woman because you stood strong and shake the unfair world.
Great job with all of the sense and nonsense things that you did in your life to become and formed as Masih Alinejad.

A lot of people like myself were not so lucky to be able to tell their stories yet but you talked instead of us in a very productive way.
You painted our lives with true colors.
Wish you and your kambiz & Pouyan + hundreds of thousands of supporters of White Movement and My Stealthy Freedom will celebrate the amendment chapter to your book one day.
A Celebration of not living with fear and taboos. A Celebration of wind in the hair of all genders.

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the true feminist

I would like to thank Masih for her bravery and support of all women specially women of our country. this is a great story and for sure helps you to understand and know her better. well done.

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A Must!

This is a must read! the story that one woman tells, is shared by millions who are forced to be silent. It's time we ALL helped these women by being their voice when they aren't permitted to one of their own!!

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A compelling true story of women in Iran

Loved it. It had personal significance for me as an Iranian woman opposed to compulsary hejab, but it was also a breath-taking account of an exceptionally brave fellow Irannian woman who not only chose her own life path, but also helped thousands of Iranian women choose their own life paths!

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A Moving Sory

A very powerful and amazing story of a woman who stood up against violation of basic of human rights in Iran. An inspiration to all women around the world.

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Inspiring

This is a must read for everyone in today’s world! Makes me proud to see this type of bravery demonstrated under the hardest conditions. Bravo

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Wind in my hair

Very interesting book A must read for women’s rights I love theCourage to Fight two stop being second class citizens Even if They are put in jail jbeaten up they still fight awesome

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A Must read

A very moving book and Great source of inspiration for all who fight for freedom.