Escape From Saddam

Escape From Saddam

The Incredible True Story of One Man's Journey to Freedom

Book - 2007 | 1st American ed.
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At the age of seventeen, Lewis Alsamari was conscripted into Saddam Hussein's army. The training was brutal, with discipline enforced by regular beatings, and desertion punishable by mutilation or imprisonment. Somehow Lewis made it through and, thanks in part to his fluent English, was soon offered a post in Iraqi military intelligence. The job would have made him powerful, comfortably wealthy . . . and a cog in Saddam Hussein's massive machine of terror. Unable to accept becoming a member of Saddam's secret police, yet knowing that turning down this "honor" would be considered treasonous, Lewis made plans to flee Iraq. His escape was fraught with peril--he was shot, detained at borders, even pursued by hungry wolves across the desert--but the teenager made his way to Jordan, then Malaysia, and finally to England, where he was granted political asylum. Lewis began building a life for himself, even falling in love and getting married. But he was haunted by thoughts of the loved ones he left behind in Iraq, his uncle's words echoing in his ears: we are sending you to freedom so that one day you may rescue us from this place. One day, shocking news arrived: because of his escape, Lewis's family--including his mother and sister--had been interrogated, beaten, and thrown into prison. Frantic with guilt and worry, Lewis was forced to steal the thousands of dollars he needed to buy their release and smuggle them out of Iraq. Then, accompanied by his wife, he embarked on a desperate journey in hope of bringing his family to freedom. Escape from Saddamis a powerful nonfiction thriller that, even as it plunges the reader into a netherworld of crooked border police, military checkpoints, counterfeiters, and smugglers, provides a fascinating window into a totalitarian regime. It is also a remarkably inspirational story of a resourceful young man who refused to accept his fate . . . and then risked everything he'd achieved to save his family.
Publisher: New York : Crown Publishers, c2007.
Edition: 1st American ed.
ISBN: 9780307394019
Branch Call Number: B ALSAMARI, L.
Characteristics: 295 p., [8] p. of plates : col. ill. ; 25 cm.
Additional Contributors: Alsamari, Lewis Out of Iraq.


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Feb 20, 2013

What a gripping story! Sad and eye-opening details about the despotic regime and human smuggling. I couldn't put the book down. A great read!

Jul 19, 2011

An amazing read, well spoken and entertaining, a truly saddening true story of a families struggle against an oppresive regime. READ IT!


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