The Fox Hunt

The Fox Hunt

A Refugee's Memoir of Coming to America

Book - 2018
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"Born in the Old City of Sana’a, Yemen, to a pair of middle-class doctors, Mohammed Al Samawi was a devout Muslim raised to think of Christians and Jews as his enemy. But when Mohammed was twenty-three, he secretly received a copy of the Bible, and what he read cast doubt on everything he’d previously believed. After connecting with Jews and Christians on social media, and at various international interfaith conferences, Mohammed became an activist, making it his mission to promote dialogue and cooperation in Yemen. Then came the death threats: first on Facebook, then through terrifying anonymous phone calls. To protect himself and his family, Mohammed fled to the southern port city of Aden. He had no way of knowing that Aden was about to become the heart of a north-south civil war, and the battleground for a well-funded proxy war between Iran and Saudi Arabia. As gunfire and grenades exploded throughout the city, Mohammed hid in the bathroom of his apartment and desperately appealed to his contacts on Facebook. Miraculously, a handful of people he barely knew responded. Over thirteen days, four ordinary young people with zero experience in diplomacy or military exfiltration worked across six technology platforms and ten time zones to save this innocent young man trapped between deadly forces— rebel fighters from the north and Al Qaeda operatives from the south. The story of an improbable escape as riveting as the best page-turning thrillers, The Fox Hunt reminds us that goodness and decency can triumph in the darkest circumstances."--Cover.
Publisher: New York : William Morrow & Company, 2018
ISBN: 9780062678195
Branch Call Number: 953.3053 AlSa
Characteristics: viii, 324 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm


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May 08, 2018

More of an adventure page turner narrative with the author having grown up in a very conservative Muslim Yemenite family, who then becomes an advocate for inter religious dialogue at risk of his life. This gets complicated by the onset of the violent civil war and he is constantly in danger of his life, for both his beliefs and just being in the middle of the sectarian political violence. Most of the book is about his escape from the country which involved many people working overseas to get him rescued from a dire situation. it is a real page turner in that sense. The central part of his transformation from somebody steeped in the dogma that he grew up with, anti Semitism, Muslim exclusiveness, to becoming a free thinker and universalist I didn't feel was as well developed as the minute details of his harrowing escape. The book does paint a very real picture of the horrors going on in Yemen. All in all, an excellent read.


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