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The Secrets of Ordinary Heroes: The Multi-Generational Odyssey of an Iranian-Jewish Family and Their Escape from Khomeini's Revolution to Israel and R

Ray Tabibiazar

What will a family endure to ensure its survival?

What will parents risk to save their children? And how will those children cope with unimaginable hardships?

In The Secrets of Ordinary Heroes, Dr. Ray Tabibiazar answers these hard questions. Born a Jew in Iran, Tabibiazar and his family were marked for death when the Ayatollah's revolution pushed them to the front lines of the Iran-Iraq war. Risking everything, they fled on foot over the Zagros Mountains to Turkey. But they soon found themselves plunged in the middle of another bloody conflict-Israel's First Intifada-before emigrating to America, where they eventually found refuge.

While set against the backdrop of revolution, war, and other brutal conflicts, the story centers on parents struggling to raise their children and teach them about life and death, love and hate, fear, greed, education, betrayal, happiness, and-perhaps most supreme-the importance of family. Their journey highlights the strength, fortitude, courage, and ingenuity that immigrants continue to bring to America.

Readers of The Kite Runner and The Escape Artist will love The Secrets of Ordinary Heroes. By turns, the memoir is spell-binding, heart-wrenching, deeply-affecting, often raw, sometimes funny, but always painstakingly honest. It's also the first written book by an Iranian-Jewish physician that offers a unique, inside view of the Islamic Revolution, whose leaders, even today, continue to oppress their own citizens and influence world politics.

Book Details

  • Publisher: Keral Publishing
  • Publish Date: Apr 19th, 2024
  • Pages: 270
  • Language: English
  • Dimensions: 9.00in - 6.00in - 0.75in - 1.22lb
  • EAN: 9798989920006
  • Categories: JewishArab & Middle EasternMiddle East - Iran

About the Author

Tabibiazar, Ray: - Author, Dr. Ray Tabibiazar is a physician-scientist and an entrepreneur. He trained as a medical doctor at Harvard Medical School and as a cardiologist at Stanford University.He is the founder of a handful of biotechnology companies, including, most recently, a company that pioneered a new class of medicine that adds a healthy genetic code to a patient's genome to treat their genetic diseases.When not working, Ray spends time with his wife and their three children while enjoying art, hiking, diving, and traveling around the world. The family lives in Chattanooga.This is Ray's first book.

Praise for this book

"A timely and timeless masterpiece, this book is a must-read that enriches our understanding of personal and geopolitical struggles of the Jewish people in the Islamic Republic of Iran."

-Nilofar Niazi, Founder & CEO of Nextherapy


"This is a remarkable story about a father. It is a story that needed to be told! It is both touching and inspirational!"

-John Maraganore, Ph.D. Founding CEO, Alnylam Pharmaceuticals, Inc, Previous Chair of the Biotechnology Innovation Organization, Mentor to many biotech entrepreneurs


"Ray tells a timely, poignant and essential story about the exodus of Jews from revolutionary Iran that invokes universal experiences. The Secrets of Ordinary Heroes is beautifully written and expertly crafted, a must-read!"

-Lauren Pearle, former Senior Producer, ABC News


"A compelling and inspirational story that takes readers through a relatable journey of self-discovery and perseverance. In dark times that test our identity, we are reminded about the strength of the human spirit and foundation of family."

-Mikhail Keyserman, Managing Director, Healthcare Investment Banking


"Ray's story is heartbreaking, inspiring and ultimately it is an American story. Immigration the way it should work. America and the world can learn a lot from Ray's story!"

-Abraham Paul Sarkis, Ordinary American