Son of Hamas: A Gripping Account of Terror, Betrayal, Political Intrigue, and Unthinkable Choices
  • Son of Hamas: A Gripping Account of Terror, Betrayal, Political Intrigue, and Unthinkable Choices
  • Son of Hamas: A Gripping Account of Terror, Betrayal, Political Intrigue, and Unthinkable Choices

Son of Hamas: A Gripping Account of Terror, Betrayal, Political Intrigue, and Unthinkable Choices

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by Mosab Hassan Yousef

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Since he was a small boy, Mosab Hassan Yousef has had an inside view of the deadly terrorist group Hamas. The oldest sons and heir apparent of Sheikh Hassan Yousef, a founding member of Hamas and its most popular leader, young Mosab assisted his father for years in his political activities while being groomed to follow in his footsteps. But everything changed when

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Since he was a small boy, Mosab Hassan Yousef has had an inside view of the deadly terrorist group Hamas. The oldest sons and heir apparent of Sheikh Hassan Yousef, a founding member of Hamas and its most popular leader, young Mosab assisted his father for years in his political activities while being groomed to follow in his footsteps. But everything changed when Mosab embraced the teachings of another famous Middle East leader instead. What he learned changed his life and could alter the course of his country's future - forever. In Son of Hamas, Mosab reveals new information about the world's most dangerous terrorist organization and unveils she truth about his own secret role, his belief that the mandate to "love your enemies" is the only way to peace in the Middle East.

Editorial Reviews

Matthew Kaminski
“. . . a Le Carréesque thriller wrapped in a spiritual coming-of-age story . . .”
International Fellowship of Christians and Jews
“ . . . offers a view of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict few others could provide.”
Claudia Rosett
“reads with the page-turning ease of a great thriller.”
David Grant
“Explosive . . . a story that feels like a long-lost Abrahamic fable that has morphed into contemporary history.”
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“ . . . more incendiary than any roadside IED” GQ
Sean Hannity
“Fascinating book. I couldn’t put it down.”
“ . . . more incendiary than any roadside IED”
Hamas terrorist leader Osama Hamdan
“The Israelis issued this book as a kind of propaganda.”

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Son of Hamas: A Gripping Account of Terror, Betrayal, Political Intrigue, and Unthinkable Choices 4.4 out of 5 based on 1 ratings. 234 reviews.
Soraya-Mekerta More than 1 year ago
As a person of Arab descent, originally from Algeria, and a professor who specializes in issues related to North Africa and the Middle East, I consider myself informed, concerned, and particularly sensitive to events in Israel/Palestine, and relations between Israelis and Palestinians. Consequently, when I first heard Mosab Hassan Yousef's interview on NPR, I was skeptical that the book, "Son of Hamas...," was going to be of any great value to me. Most importantly, I was very concerned that the book, and the author's personal itinerary from "son" of Hamas, to "spy" for the Israelis, was going to put, yet again, the Palestinian cause in a negative light, and give Palestinians a "bad rap," while justifying the categorization of Hamas as a "terrorist organization." Also, I was worried that the book was going to present Israel and Israelis as the victims, and the cause of the Israeli Government as being just and righteous. Finally, I was not sure what affect it would have on American readers that the author abandoned Islam as his faith and embraced Christianity. I was concerned that this fact would put Islam, yet again, in a negative light... . In the end, after listening attentively to the entire interview, I was intrigued and curious as to how a Palestinian, and at that a "son of Hamas," could be brought to 1) spying for the Israelis, 2) changing his faith, and 3) bringing shame and "dishonor" to his family... . I had many questions and I was troubled. I bought the book the next day. When I started the book, I could not put it down. In spite of what I had feared initially, I feel now that the book does a very good job in representing both the cause of the Palestinians and that of the Israelis. For example, it may be that the most meaningful and powerful message in the book is that the author manages to convey the fact that the life of a Palestinian is not worth any more or any less than the life of an Israeli, and that when a Palestinian or an Israeli person dies it is as catastrophic for both surviving family members and for the communities. It is clear that at one point the author realizes this, I mean, he discovers the "Humanity" of his very enemy, and from that point on, he can no longer plot to kill the enemy. Furthermore, he can no longer participate in, directly or indirectly, or continue to embrace the aspirations of those who want to "eliminate" the enemy. From this standpoint, the book's lesson is one of humanity, and celebration of life. The second message I feel is one of humility. The humility which comes from envisioning the possibility that there are other "truths" besides that which comes from one's own and often narrow perspective, environment, or circumstance, and to intentionally seek out others', or the "enemy's perspective, and understanding of their particular circumstance. In other words, to humble oneself enough so that one can "hear" the other's viewpoint seems to be a message the author/s want to convey. While the messages in humanity and humility may seem worthy of/for any good cause, they can also mislead readers because they simplify the real issues at stake. As to the fact that the author abandoned Islam for Christianity, my only comment is that many readers might fail to see that Islam is about peace, and humility, and it seeks to create a more just and humane world.
MJfromMI More than 1 year ago
I've never understood why there is so much fighting in the Middle East. Reading pieces written by American's gives you their perspective but never goes to the root of the problem. "Son of Hamas" is everything indicated on the cover "A gripping account of terror, betrayal, political intrigue, and unthinkable choices" - I found it hard to put the book down. Mosab is a courageous young man - through the book you feel his heart and soul. As a "Seasoned American" I pray he finds the freedom and success our country has to offer.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
His perspective gives an interesting view point of the conflict in Palastine and what it means to be empathetic towards others; highly recommended.
ThinkTink More than 1 year ago
Not my typical genre, but I saw an interview with Mr. Yousef and found him so engaging I tracked down his book the day it hit stores. It provided insight into an unfamiliar culture. I am not of any one religion so I was slightly taken aback to find it in the religion section. Luckily it wasn't a "religious" book, but a story of a man's journey to find his own truth in a harsh world. It gave me hope that the world can someday be less violent.
BookWorm16 More than 1 year ago
It took me about two days to finish this book. It was incredibly insightful and well-written. If whoever is reading the book thinks about the events occurring in the book, it should provoke some hard questions. I may not agree with everything Mr. Yousef wrote, but it is truly an excellent book.
teesa25 More than 1 year ago
Very moving, shows that there is still humanity and love in the world.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very interesting and honest perspective from the side of a son raised in devout Muslim family and how his belief changes as he sees what his Father becomes and how the leaders of the different Palestinian factions change what the true meaning of Islam is. I hope he stays safe as this was a very brave attempt to tell the world what is really going on.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Son of Hamas is one of the more relevant and engaging books I have read. All 251 pages are bursting with dramatic insights into the political tensions of the Middle East, without a doubt one of the current world’s most war-torn regions At its most basic, Son of Hamas is the tale of Mosab Yousef, who (as the title implies) was born to one of the seven founders of Hamas, the internationally notorious Islamic terrorist organization. The horrors he experienced as a teen pushed him away from Islam and into the arms of Israel’s intelligence agency, where for many years he supplied sensitive information on Hamas’ actions and intentions to his people’s mortal enemies. Mosab’s journey leads him deep into the mechanisms of Islam, Judaism and Christianity, and how at their heart all three are more similar than anyone would like to admit. This religious theme permeates the entire book. As Mosab learns more about the people he was taught as a child to hate more than anything else, he frequently seeks understanding on why the Jewish and Islamic cultures cannot coexist. Using a mind un-blinded by senseless hate, he comes to realize the two cultures have very similar goals in mind. Throughout the book, this fact continues to manifest itself in multiple situations. Another common message of Mosab’s is the pursuit of truth. It was the clash of words and actions that initially drove him away from Hamas, and the openness of the Israelis caused him to question everything he thought to be true about the world. No longer would Mosab accept things at face value. He had to soak it in, chew on it, and think hard before choosing to believe something in a Middle Eastern world tangled in lies, propaganda and deception. This book was excellently written. Engaging, not too wordy, it efficiently portrays Mosab’s tale. Much of the book is filled with action and suspense, and when Mosab occasionally descends into philosophical and theological tangents, the message is anything but dry; in fact, it makes you think long and hard about what your impressions of the Middle East. In my honest opinion, there was nothing to not like about this story. I give it a well-earned five stars. This story will make you question your preconceived notions of Muslims, Jews, and religious conflict, and see the Middle East in a completely different light. I heartily recommend it. For those that have already read Son of Hamas, Tea with Hezbollah (Ted Dekker) is just as thought-provoking a novel about tolerance and crossing the religious border. I suggest you check into that as well. -GH
DAPM More than 1 year ago
I highly recommend this book. Very inspirational and educational. Regardless of your political or religious views, Son of Hamas provides an upclose view of the inner workings of the various factions of government and religions as well as a bette understanding of what motivates the various players within the Middle Eastern theater of war.
cgma More than 1 year ago
This is an amazing read. Couldn't put it down. Mosab has a wonderful testimony of bravery and sacrifice. He is an amazing individual. His commitment to Christianity and to Christ is inspiring.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Amazing details of a young man who beat the odds at understanding his enemy.
Sharon Mozer More than 1 year ago
A very intense book that captures your attention and pulls at your emotions. Each chapter reveals the amazing courage and transformation of the brave young writer. It's a book filled with raw courage, truth, and heartache. It's an amazing read.
KB81NYC More than 1 year ago
Incredible read! Would recommend it to anyone. It was truly astonishing to read from an insiders point of view, as opposed to watching various forms of media/news in which you really can never tell what is fact or fiction. Mosab is incredibly brave for bringing his story forward and I can only hope that his tales and words will inspire the world to look deeper into the real conflicts of the world, and to move towards peace.
AnnaLermantov More than 1 year ago
Initially, as I read the book, I thought it was a pretext for anti-Israeli hatred and sentiment. But, then beginning on page 113, the book took a subtle and gradual shift into Yousef's personal and religious journey and transformation. Through Christianity and six years of study, he began to see another perspective of his role. Close and first hand he saw how his community (Hamas) and the Muslim religion play a major part in brain-washing, through manipulation and hyprocrisy, and how the Muslim leaders play a far greater part in stopping peace from coming to the region, than Israel. The book became a fascinating account of how Israel uses and trains informers, how critical they are in stopping tragedy and heart-ache. Yousef is remarkable, brave and courageous and connected to forces far greater than himself.
CrisReads More than 1 year ago
Overall this was an educational read and I've come away with a new understanding of the conflict between Palestine and Israel. This book is a front row seat for what it is like to be confused in family, faith, and war.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
"son of hamas" is a very hard to put down bestseller. it is writtion by a ruthless terrorist who grew up in the islamic faith in the middle east in the hamas terrorist organization planting bombs and murdering israli citizens much later he exaimed his own faith and the violence that the terrorists and hate pursued and found an amazing faith in christianity
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
To anyone who is interested in religion, the middle east conflict, or spy novels, I highly suggest reading the memoir Son of Hamas by Mosab Yousef. I chose this book because it was recommended to me by a friend; both of us are very passionate about Israel and want to get a full understanding of the Middle East Conflict by getting information from many different perspectives. And this book offers one of the most unique insights to the nature of the conflict. Mosab grew up in the West Bank, and is the son of the founder of Hamas, Hassan Yousef.He is arrested by Israelis, and while in prison he agrees to work as a spy for the Israeli Intelligence. While living his  dangerous double life, Mosab develops complex political and religious beliefs tha offer a unique perspective on the conflict and on theology as a whole. The book is both fast paced and exciting, as well as deeply profound. It made me want to learn more about Judaism, Islam, and Christianity, and gave insight to a key problem in the Middle east; An ideological faction like Hamas cannot be rationed with by political or military means.  I still believe that peace is possible in the Middle east, and I believe Israel has a right to exist and that the Palestinians deserve a nation with a government that can provide them a better standard of living. But in order to reach these solutions, we must first understand the problem, and both sides must understand each other. And reading this book is a great way to begin to do so.
tuh More than 1 year ago
An inside view of the radical Islamic State. In the Koran there is no mention of love, tolerance, or individual rights. Many times in the Koran, the Muslim is told to kill the infidel. Mosab Hassan Yousef makes it clear that he recognized the horror and brutality of the Islamic religion. Thus, the reason for converting to Christianity.
KMarkovich More than 1 year ago
Powerful book! I really found Mosab’s story of growing up the child of a founding member of Hamas fascinating! He was born in the West Bank (Israel) to a highly religious Islamic family. His father Hassan was frequently jailed by the Israelis and Mosab really had no idea why for many years. At the age of 18 Mosab, still in high school, was basically kidnapped by the Israelis, beaten and taken to an interrogation center for the Shin Bet where he was tortured and interrogated. At this time he was recruited to work for the Israeli intelligence service – so he has interesting tidbits about the various groups and people of the Middle East. But during all this spying he is also having conversations with Christians. And ultimately, through a television program, he became a Christian. So, the son of a Muslim terrorist, a Shin Bet agent has become a Christian! His hope in telling his story is that he will show his people – “Palestinian followers of Islam who have been used by corrupt regimes for hundreds of years – the the truth can set them free.” And that there is hope for the Israeli people too. I highly recommend this book to those wanting understanding of the difficulty of peace in the Middle East.
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AymTru More than 1 year ago
One of the most helpful books I've read in a long time. So many answers to so many questions. Existential and otherwise. Well written and a fascinating read on a part of history that has been rife with misinformation and shrouded in mystery.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great inspirational story of the journey of a young man growing up in Palestine. Portays well the prejudice on all side in Israel.
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