Of Beetles and Angels: A True Story of the American Dream

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In June of 1983, Mawi Asgedom arrived in the U.S., a refugee from civil war in east Africa. Sixteen years later, he delivered the commencement address at his graduation from Harvard University.

Of Beetles and Angels, a memoir of unmatched inspirational power, reveals how optimism, love, and hard work carried Mawi from humble beginnings to such remarkable heights.

The book captures the immigrant experience through the hopeful eyes of a sweet but...

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Overview

In June of 1983, Mawi Asgedom arrived in the U.S., a refugee from civil war in east Africa. Sixteen years later, he delivered the commencement address at his graduation from Harvard University.

Of Beetles and Angels, a memoir of unmatched inspirational power, reveals how optimism, love, and hard work carried Mawi from humble beginnings to such remarkable heights.

The book captures the immigrant experience through the hopeful eyes of a sweet but mischievous child. We see that child work hard to learn English and even harder to fit in with his classmates. We see how their cruel words crush him.

He leans on his family for support -- and draws on the bravery they have shown throughout their journey. He follows his father's advice: treat all people -- even the most unsightly beetles -- as though they were angels sent from heaven. The results spur the child to unimagined success.

Both heart-rending and hilarious, always unique in its perspective, Of Beetles and Angels reminds us that deep tragedy can yield deeper inspiration, and that our greatest power is our power to love.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780970498267
  • Publisher: Megadee Books
  • Publication date: 3/28/2001
  • Pages: 148
  • Product dimensions: 5.33 (w) x 7.57 (h) x 0.76 (d)

Table of Contents

Memories
A New Life
Playground Warfare
The Camp
God's Angels
Days of Mischief
Libee Migbar
The Making of a Man
Coffee Tales
The Unmaking of a Man
Eyeing the Mountaintop
Father Haileab
Izgihare Yihabkoom
Acknowledgements
The HAT Foundation
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 15, 2001

    Buy this book

    This book is true. It is unsentimental and gives a glimpse into the life of a humble, intelligent and courageous young man and his family. Excellent in every way.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 11, 2001

    Buy this Book! Read it, too!

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The story is heartfelt and vivid. The message is important and inspirational. I've also had the privilege of knowing the author, and he is a sincere, wonderful person.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 25, 2002

    This book will remind you how easy you've got it!

    Like the other review said, Mawi's story isn't necessarily unique. But what is unique is how he and his family dealt with what was given (and taken) from them. He's not a trained, professional writer, which makes the book a pleasant read, almost like he's sitting there telling you his story. I've had the pleasure of knowing the entire Asgedom family since they arrived in the U.S. and they are wonderful, Godly people. Wishing them all the success that they deserve!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 4, 2001

    Great storyline, could've done more though...

    This is a good book, but Mawi's story, as incredible as it is, is not so different than that of many Eritrean and Ethiopian refugees of war; in fact, he was far more fortunate that many of them. He could've been more vivid with descriptions and elaborated on his living relatives (the women of the family). But is was still a good book and informative to those ignorant of the struggle of immigrating to a new country.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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