By Robert R. Fowler
For many years, Robert R. Fowler used to be a dominant strength in Canadian international affairs. in a single heart-stopping minute, all of that modified. On December 14, 2008, Fowler, performing because the UN Secretary General's distinct Envoy to Niger, used to be abducted by means of Al Qaeda, changing into the top ranked UN legit ever held captive. with his colleague Louis Guay, Fowler lived, slept and ate along with his captors for almost 5 months, gaining infrequent first-hand perception into the motivations of the world's so much feared terror workforce. Fowler's catch, free up and next appearances have helped shed new mild on overseas coverage and safety matters as we input the second one decade of the " struggle on Terror."
A Season in Hell is Fowler's compelling tale of his captivity, advised in his personal phrases, yet it's additionally a startlingly frank dialogue concerning the country of an international redefined by means of clashing civilizations.
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A Season in Hell: My 130 Days in the Sahara with Al Qaeda by Robert R. Fowler