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(Princess Series Book #1)

Sultana Al-Sa'ud, a Saudi Arabian Princess, has four mansions on three continents, her own private jet, glittering jewels, and designer dresses galore. But in reality, Sultana has no freedom or control over her own life, no value but as a bearer of sons. Hidden behind her black floor-length veil, she is a prisoner, jailed by her father, her husband, her sons, and her country. 

For the sake of her daughters, Sultana has decided to take the risk of speaking out about the life of women in her country: thirteen-year-old girls forced to marry men five times their age, young women killed by drowning, stoning, or isolation in the women's room, a padded, windowless cell where women are confined with neither light nor conversation until death claims them. In speaking out, Sultana risks bringing the wrath of the Saudi establishment upon her head. But by telling her story to Jean Sasson, Sultana allows us to see beyond the veils of this secret society, to the heart of a nation where sex, money, and power reign supreme.

 

Princess: A True Story of Life Behind the Veil in Saudi Arabia

(Princess Series Book #1)

Sultana Al-Sa'ud, a Saudi Arabian Princess, has four mansions on three continents, her own private jet, glittering jewels, and designer dresses galore. But in reality, Sultana has no freedom or control over her own life, no value but as a bearer of sons. Hidden behind her black floor-length veil, she is a prisoner, jailed by her father, her husband, her sons, and her country. 

For the sake of her daughters, Sultana has decided to take the risk of speaking out about the life of women in her country: thirteen-year-old girls forced to marry men five times their age, young women killed by drowning, stoning, or isolation in the women's room, a padded, windowless cell where women are confined with neither light nor conversation until death claims them. In speaking out, Sultana risks bringing the wrath of the Saudi establishment upon her head. But by telling her story to Jean Sasson, Sultana allows us to see beyond the veils of this secret society, to the heart of a nation where sex, money, and power reign supreme.

(Princess Series Book #2)

Princess Sultana's Daughters

In the compelling second novel of the Princess series, Jean Sasson and Princess Sultana turn the spotlight on Sultana's two teenage daughters, Maha and Amani.

As second generation members of the royal family who have benefited from Saudi oil wealth, Maha and Amani have been surrounded by untold opulence and luxury since the day they were born. And yet, they are stifled by the unbearably restrictive lifestyle imposed on them, driving them to desperate measures.

While exploring the troubles of Princess Sultana's daughters, Sultana and Sasson never tire in their quest to expose the injustices Saudi Arabian society levels against women. Princess Sultana once more strikes a chord among all women who are lucky enough to have the freedom to speak out for themselves.

Princess Sultana's Circle 

(Princess Series Book #3)

The powerful true story of Princess Sultana Al-Sa'ud continues in the third book of the harrowing Princess series. After the forced marriage of her niece to a cruel, depraved older man and her discovery of the harem of sex slaves kept by a royal cousin, Princess Sultana is more determined than ever to fight the oppression of women in Saudi Arabia. Meanwhile, dissent against the royal family continues to grow and the specter of Islamic fundamentalism looms...

Princess Sultana's Circle paints a horrifying reality for the women of Saudi Arabia: one of danger, male dominance, and desperation. But it is also a testament to the resilience of a brave Saudi Princess, unshakable in her fight for women's rights in all Muslim countries.

Princess: More Tears to Cry 

(Princess Series Book #4)

Through advances in education and access to work, Saudi women are breaking through barriers; they are becoming doctors, social workers, and business owners. Major steps forward have been made, but the struggle for basic human rights continues. Sadly, despite changes in the law, many women are still subjected to horrific oppression, violence, and psychological and physical abuse. 

This fourth book in the internationally acclaimed Princess series reveals the intimate struggles of Saudi women inside one of the richest, most conservative kingdoms in the world. These are stories of triumph and heartbreak amongst the highest- and lowest-born. Princess Sultana speaks frankly about her strong-willed daughters, her beloved husband, and the contentious Al-Sa'ud family whose daily battles about what it means to be a woman in Saudi Arabia mirror those of the society at large. 

Princess: Secrets to Share 

(Princess Series Book #5)

In this explosive and riveting addition to the Princess seriesJean Sasson and the rebel Princess Sultana team up once again. This time, to bring readers up to date on Sultana's secret work to help women and children in the region. With the help of a few female friends and family, the Princess is able to rescue women who have suffered brutal physical and psychological abuse at the hands of their husbands, fathers, and even ISIS soldiers. 

But in order to bring Saudi Arabia into the light, Princess Sultana must stay in the shadows, unsuspected and unseen in her fight for women's rights. Her work requires many secrets, the discovery of which could turn the royal palace on its head.

Princess: Secrets to Share not only reveals how the Saudi Royal family lives, but also how the courageous and determined fight for equal rights for women continues in the Middle East.

Princess: Stepping Out of the Shadows

(Princess Series Book #6)

Despite having a decadent palace, four mansions on three continents, and opulent jewels from an adoring husband, Saudi Princess Sultana Al Sa’ud refuses to let the glitz of the royal lifestyle or the antics of the royal family distract her from the truth: that when it comes to the treatment of women, her beloved Saudi Arabia remains in the Dark Ages. True, infant girls are no longer buried in sand, nor are bold women battered with stones. But the kingdom’s “guardianship law” means Saudi women can never be truly free. Suddenly, whispers of change herald a charismatic young Crown Prince who aims to move the kingdom forward. Thanks to the prince, Saudi women can now drive and some policy-watchers even propose lifting the guardianship law! But when female activists are thrown into jail and members of the royal family die during harsh interrogation, the true nature of Saudi Arabia’s new ruler is revealed. Heartbroken over false promises but fiercely resilient in their fight for freedom, Princess Sultana and her Saudi sisters prepare to face this new threat to women’s rights. Will the guardianship law forever bind them? Will the ascension of the crown prince permanently cloak Saudi Arabia in darkness? Whatever the future holds, PRINCESS: STEPPING OUT OF THE SHADOWS proves that nothing is simple in Saudi Arabia.

The Rape of Kuwait 

Written right after the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait, The Rape of Kuwait contains harrowing individual accounts of that fateful day on August 2, 1990. Traveling to London, Cairo, and Saudi Arabia to interview the refugees fleeing the violence, Jean Sasson weaves a heart-wrenching tale of survival as Kuwaitis, Palestinians, and other nationalities are suddenly caught in the grips of forces much bigger than themselves. 

One of the first and only writers to document the effects of the Iraqi invasion as it unfolded, Jean Sasson's The Rape of Kuwait was made mandatory reading for soldiers deployed to Kuwait so that they would know what they were fighting for: freedom. 

Mayada, Daughter of Iraq

 A member of one of the most distinguished and honored families in Iraq, Mayada grew up surrounded by wealth and royalty. But when Saddam Hussein’s regime took power, she was thrown into cell 52 in the infamous Baladiyat prison with seventeen other nameless, faceless women from all walks of life. To ease their suffering, these “shadow women” passed each day by sharing their life stories. Now, through Jean Sasson, Mayada is finally able to tell her story—and theirs—to the world.

Love in a Torn Land 

In this incredible true love story, bestselling author Jean Sasson shares Joanna al-Askari's personal journey of fear and fortitude through a Baghdad childhood and life as a Kurdish freedom fighter during the Iran-Iraq War. Inspiring and unforgettable, Love in a Torn Land shares Joanna's passionate and unflagging determination to survive and fight—for love, life, and the freedom of her beloved Kurdistan.

Growing Up Bin Laden

"I was not always the wife of Osama bin Laden. Once I was an innocent child dreaming little girl dreams..."

 

Thus begins this powerful story of Najwa bin Laden, who married her cousin Osama bin Laden at the age of 15 to become his first wife and the mother to eleven of his children, and her son, Omar bin Laden, the fourth-born son of Osama bin Laden. Together, mother and son share their story with Jean Sasson, telling an extraordinarily powerful tale of a man hated by so many, yet both loved and feared by his family, with spine-tingling details about the life and times of the man they knew as a husband and father.

A true story that few ever believed would come to light, Growing Up Bin Laden uncovers startling revelations and hidden secrets carefully guarded by the most wanted terrorist of our lifetime, Osama bin Laden.

For the Love Of A Son 

 In For the Love of a Son, Jean Sasson tells the heartbreaking story of one woman's quest for her stolen child. As a little girl in Afghanistan, Maryam fought for equality and defied the second-class standing of women by pretending to be a boy. Her feisty spirit nearly cost her life, and after a public act of rebellion against the invasion of Russia, Maryam is forced to flee to America. But her fresh start at life is short-lived. Her arranged marriage to a violent Afghan leaves her with only one joy--the birth of her son. When she attempts to escape her brutal marriage, her husband steals their son away and takes him back to Afghanistan, a land torn by civil war and Taliban oppression. What follows is the stirring true story of one mother's struggle for justice, as she fights to be reunited with her son.

American Chick in Saudi Arabia 

It all begins with an ad in the newspaper. When Jean Sasson, a young Southern woman living in Jacksonville Beach, Florida, answers a call to work in the royal hospital in Saudi Arabia, what should have been a two-year stay turns into a life-changing adventure spanning over a decade. Over the years, Jean is plunged into the hidden lives of the veiled women in Riyadh, where women are locked in luxurious homes and fundamentalist mutawas terrorize the streets. Jean meets women from all walks of life--a feisty bedouin, an educated mother, a conservative wife of a high-ranking Saudi, and a Saudi princess the world knows as Princess Sultana--all who open a window into Saudi culture and help to reshape Jean's world views. American Chick in Saudi Arabia is a heartfelt look into Jean Sasson's first year of living in Saudi Arabia. A full memoir is soon to come. 

Yasmeena's Choice 

Yasmeena was quite literally an innocent abroad. She was college educated, an English-speaking flight attendant graced with an unusual amount of confidence and sophistication. She was also a virgin and a conservative Muslim daughter and sister. 

When Yasmeena's flight out of Kuwait was delayed, it was because Saddam Hussein had just invaded Kuwait. Iraqi soldiers threw her into a woman's prison where the guards committed ghastly sexual attacks and tortured the women in excruciating ways.

Yasmeena's shocking journey is a tale of the madness of war, of the sexual brutality unleashed by chaos, and of one woman’s courage to stand in danger’s way to aid her fellow sufferers. This is an explicit, graphic, and honest book. It is for mature audiences only.
 

Ester's Child

Jewish Holocaust survivors Joseph & Ester Gale have lost most of their family members to the infamous gas chambers of Auschwitz and Treblinka, yet they continue to defy death for the dream of a Jewish State. 
Palestinian refugees George and Mary Antoun are forced to flee their home in Haifa to raise their only child in the squalor of Shatila refugee camp in Beirut, Lebanon. Former S.S. officer Friedrich Kleist and his wife Eva survive Germany's bitter loss in World War II only to have the long shadow of their Nazi past return to haunt them and their beautiful daughter, Christine. 

 

The lives of these three families have been shattered by the maelstrom of war. However, Ester's Child reveals the ability of love to overturn the claims of war and blood. In this spellbinding novel, Jean Sasson brings together a striking cast of characters, revealing deep layers and varieties of love and hate seldom seen in popular fiction.