ANAVETS Shoulder to Shoulder

March 2017

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SHOULDER TO SHOULDER 25 A SEASON IN HELL: My 130 Days in the Sahara with Al Qaeda by Robert R. Fowler Book Description For decades, Robert R. Fowler was a dominant force in Canadian foreign affairs. In one heart-stopping minute, all of that changed. On 14 December 2008, Fowler, acting as the UN Secretary General's Special Envoy to Niger, was kidnapped by Al Qaeda, becoming the highest ranked UN official ever held captive. Along with his colleague Louis Guay, Fowler lived, slept and ate with his captors for nearly five months, gaining rare first-hand insight into the motivations of the world's most feared terror group. Fowler's capture, release and subsequent appearances have helped shed new light on foreign policy and security issues as we enter the second decade of the War on Terror. A Season in Hell is Fowler's compelling story of his captivity, told in his own words, but it's also a startlingly frank discussion about the state of a world redefined by clashing civilizations. Critical Praise for A Season in Hell What a remarkable book this is. The writing is clear, compelling, visceral. The analysis is formidable. The story leaves you gasping. Bob Fowler spares nothing: not himself, not Al Qaeda, not the Canadian response from the RCMP to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. It's been eons since I've read a work of non-fiction where every page grabs your heart or your head or both. It's an autobiographical tour de force. - Stephen Lewis Through this fascinating account of his time spent in grueling captivity, Robert Fowler shows us the power of the human spirit in the face of adversity and danger. His courage and determination allowed him to persevere through moments of physical and emotional duress unimaginable to most. With an eloquent narrative, Fowler beckons us to think critically about today's global dangers and our common humanity. - Kofi A. Annan, Secretary-General of the United Nations (1997-2006), Chairman of the Kofi Annan Foundation In A Season in Hell, Robert Fowler has captured the terror of his ordeal in direct, rich, and vibrant prose. He writes of his abductors with a surprisingly even hand, humanizing those he could easily have flayed with anger and resentment. In the heat of the desert, the resilient, old Africa-hand, Fowler employed the great skills he had developed in his decades as a diplomat, and through the grace of his writing and with the pain of injuries all too real he shares a deep understanding of the complicated politics and world view of the men and child soldiers who grabbed him, ultimately delivering a riveting narrative about an experience many others would not have survived. - LGen. the Hon. Romeo A. Dallaire, (Ret'd), Senator ISBN: 9781443402040; ISBN10: 1443402044; Imprint: HarperCollins ; On Sale: 31/10/2011; Formats: Hardback and E-Book

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