Escape from Saddam: The Incredible True Story of One Man's Journey to Freedom

Escape from Saddam: The Incredible True Story of One Man's Journey to Freedom

by Lewis Alsamari
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Escape from Saddam: The Incredible True Story of One Man's Journey to Freedom by Lewis Alsamari

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 Saddam is 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.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780307409690
Publisher: Crown/Archetype
Publication date: 03/18/2008
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 988,731
File size: 467 KB

About the Author

LEWIS ALSAMARI is an award-winning actor best known for his role as the lead hijacker in Paul Greengrass’s acclaimed film United 93. He lives in London.

From the Hardcover edition.

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Escape from Saddam: The Incredible True Story of One Man's Journey to Freedom 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This Book is seriously the most compelling thing I have read in my 10 years of biography reading. I have read it 3 times and each time in one or two-day sittings. This book MUST be made into a movie!!! SO move aside SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE or The KITE RUNNER.... this story is real for starters and celebrates the 10 year US effort my country has done to make Iraq a better place. the story has depth, emotional power, scope and a tight chain of heartbreaking events. Its very poignant in the current political climate sweeping the M.E region. A+++
jamaicanmeanna More than 1 year ago
Well written. It tells a very compelling story, and I highly recommend it.
stardust50 More than 1 year ago
I found this book in Gatwick, before coming back to Italy...I knew the history, the man, his courage, but unfortunately I wasn't able to find the book in Italy...I read all in the airport, I remember I couldn't divert my attention from it, it's a real, wonderful and terrible experience of life, everybody should read it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This man's story gets you from the beggining. There are so many things in the way of his journey to freedom, and many dangers on the way that will keep you reading on, hoping to see if he makes it out ok. This is a must read for anyone.