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By Abdi Nor Iftin
Published by Random House Audio on 2018-06-19
Audible Audiobook: $28.00
BIOGRAPHY and AUTOBIOGRAPHY
The incredible true story of a boy living in war-torn Somalia who escapes to America - first by way of the movies, years later through a miraculous green card.
Abdi Nor Iftin first fell in love with America from afar. As a child, he learned English by listening to American pop artists like Michael Jackson and watching films starring action heroes like Arnold Schwarzenegger. When US marines landed in Mogadishu to take on the warlords, Abdi cheered the arrival of these real Americans, who seemed as heroic as those of the movies.
Sporting American clothes and dance moves, he became known around Mogadishu as Abdi American, but when the radical Islamist group al-Shabaab rose to power in 2006, it suddenly became dangerous to celebrate Western culture. Desperate to make a living, Abdi used his language skills to post secret dispatches to NPR and the Internet, which found an audience of worldwide listeners. But as life in Somalia grew more dangerous, Abdi was left with no choice but to flee to Kenya as a refugee.
In an amazing stroke of luck, Abdi won entrance to the United States in the annual visa lottery, though his route to America - filled with twists and turns and a harrowing sequence of events that nearly stranded him in Nairobi - did not come easily. Parts of his story were first heard on the BBC World Service and This American Life. Abdi Nor Iftin' is now a proud resident of Maine, on the path to citizenship, and his dramatic, deeply stirring memoir is truly a story for our time: a vivid reminder of why Western democracies still beckon to those looking to make a better life.
Born to extreme poverty in 1985 in war-torn Somalia, Iftin chronicles the extraordinary obstacles he overcame to obtain residency in the United States.
A searing memoir filled with horrors that impressively remains upbeat, highly inspiring, and always educational.
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