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Hollywood actor helps in Afghanistan By Deb Baker / Concord Monitor
I've shied away from war stories. But this is about what you might like, so I tried "Fahim Speaks," and I'm glad I did ... His success [as a Marine interpreter] makes him a Taliban target ... Despite the danger, Fahim embraces every challenge... a good war story


 The story of an Afghan refugee, actor and U.S. patriot.  
Patriotism led Fahim Fazli to become an interpreter. He requested to be on the front lines, and was stationed at an Afghan forward operating base for the Marines. He was so successful in bridging two cultures that the Taliban put a price on his head.  By JIM FENNELL
New Hampshire Union Leader
             


"When Fahim Fazli speaks, we are fascinated." - Tom Hanks, CHARLIE WILSON'S WAR

"If you want to understand assimilation, culture-clash, patriotism, and perseverance, then you need to read about Fahim Fazli's arduous trek from Afghanistan to Hollywood and back." - Captain Dale Dye (USMC, ret)

  FAHIM SPEAKS gets my highest recommendation - it's a must read. What a TRULY AMERICAN story of perseverance and service!
Reviewed by: Hodge Wood
(2012) "Military Writers Society of America"

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Fahim Fazli is a man of two worlds: Afghanistan, the country of his birth, and America, the nation he adopted and learned to love. He's also a man who escaped oppression, found his dream profession, and then paid it all forward by returning to Afghanistan as an interpreter with the U.S. Marines. When Fahim speaks, the story he tells is harrowing, fascinating, and inspiring.

Born and raised in Kabul, Fahim saw his country and family torn apart by revolution and civil war. Dodging Afghan authorities and informers with his father and brother, Fahim made his way across the border to Pakistan and then to America. After reuniting with his mother, sisters, and brother, he moved to California with dreams of an acting career. After 15 turbulent years whch included two arranged marriages to Afghan brides, he finally qualified for membership in the Screen Actors Guild -- and found true American love.

Though Fahim's California life was happy and rewarding, he kept thinking about the battlefields of Afghanistan. Haunted by a desire to serve his adopted country, he became a combat linguist. While other interpreters opted for safe assignments, Fahim chose one of the most dangersous: working with the Leathernecks in embattled Helmand Priovince, where his outgoing personality and deep cultural understanding made him a favorite of both Marines and local Afghans -- and a pariah to the Taliban, who put a price on his head.

FAHIM SPEAKS is an inspiring story of perseverance and opatriotsim -- and of the special love that one man develioped for his adopted country.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 218 pages
  • Publisher: Warriors Publishing Group (February 25, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0982167075
  • ISBN-13: 978-0982167076
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.5 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,307,751 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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MICHAEL MOFFETT is a professor, writer, and reserve Marine Corps infantry officer who served in Operation Desert Storm in 1991. He returned to active duty with the Marines following the 9/11 attacks, working as a Ground Operations Officer for General Tommy Franks at Central Command. LtCol Moffett came back to active duty again in 2010 to travel to Afghanistan to visit Marine Corps combat outposts as a field historian for Marine Corps University. The book "FAHIM SPEAKS" came about after LtCol Moffett met Hollywood actor and USMC interpreter Fahim Fazli in Afghanistan's Helmand Province. A native Granite Stater, Professor Moffett teaches at New Hampshire Technical Institute (NHTI-Concord) and writes a column for the Weirs Times. When not in New Hampshire, he can often be found in southern California, where he undertook doctoral studies at the University of San Diego. He also enjoyed a successful appearance on the television show "JEOPARDY" in Los Angeles, wearing his Marine Corps dress blue uniform. Professor Moffett has two daughters, Katie (24) and Kendra (20).

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By max and eileen on March 18, 2012
Format: Paperback
Amazing story all true; about an Afghan immigrant coming to America. He appeared in several Hollywood movies. Then he became a translator for the U.S. and worked on the front lines with the Marines in Afghanistan only to return again to the U.S. He is truley a story of interest, a great patriotic American; and communicates a fresh view of the world. Really a must read.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Professor tom Laurie on August 4, 2012
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I don't know what was harder for Fahim Fazli; his escape from communist Afghanistan led by a coyote (guide) over the Hindu Kush into Pakistan or his 15 year navigation of the political structure in Hollywood to obtain his Screen Actors Guild (SAG) card which would allow him to get speaking roles in movies? At least in Hollywood, no one was shooting at him!

"Fahim Speaks" is a fascinating story of Fahim Fazli's life as he grew up in Kabul Afghanistan, escaped the Communist Regime to Pakistan, immigrated to the America, became a Hollywood actor and finally answered his patriotic calling and acted as a Marine interpreter back in Afghanistan. I gained a much better understanding of the complicated mission of our Marines in Afghanistan and the hurdles they face and the successes they have achieved.

This book made me laugh, cry and feel proud of my country in almost every chapter. I couldn't wait to start reading it and was sad when the story ended!

It was so refreshing to hear another side of the Afghanistan war from Hollywood. I thank Fahim Fazli and Lieutenant Colonel Mike Moffett for a better understanding of a the Afghani people and especially for their service to our country.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Bob Papaioanou on March 26, 2012
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Fahim Speaks allows its readers to learn about a part of the world which is so far away.
Yet, we are given the opportunity to read about Afghanistan and its struggles to stay
whole in the face of great hardships and dangers. The telling of Fahim's journey and
the struggles of his birthpeople let us, the more fortunate, appreciate the stark
beauty of this land. A marvelous story written with the skill of an excellent writer,
Lt. Colonel Michael Moffett.
X.L. Papaioanou, M.D.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Beth Anne Boardman, PhD on April 3, 2012
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Mr. Fazli and Lt. Col. Moffett have written a compelling, insightful, and exciting memoir of a real "hero's journey" in their book, Fahim Speaks. The authors relate details of life in Afghanistan with unblinking clarity and honesty, and with a refreshingly objective style, forgoing blame, and instead, letting events speak for themselves. Mr. Fazli courageously speaks about the harsh realities of life in Afghanistan under Russian authority and the emerging Taliban, and the tolls this life took on him, his mother, father, and siblings. All responded to the pressures differently, and these events are related with frankness, forthrightness, and self-reflection. Mr. Fazli traces his journey from anger to compassion, from suffering to gratitude, and from dreamer to man-of-action.

Lt. Col. Moffett lays out the events of Mr. Fazli's early life and escape from Afghanistan with journalistic clarity and an engaging pace, creating curiosity and a desire to find out "what happens next" in the reader. As the story unfolds in the United States, then opens out into the theatre of U.S. operations in Afghanistan, Lt. Col. Moffett's writing style hits its stride. Weaving history with current events, the reader is afforded an expertly crafted and easily understandable account of Fahim's experiences as an interpreter to the commander of a company of U.S. Marines in one of the most dangerous areas of conflict in Afghanistan. The poignancy of Fahim's return to the land of his birth under these circumstances is beautifully and compassionately written, his respect and love for the place and the people palpable. At least as beautiful and compelling is Fahim's devotion and gratitude to his new homeland, the U.S.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Gunny Horsetrader on May 1, 2012
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The story of Fahim Fazli reflects the love and passion for what true believers of the tribe call the American dream. The hopes and dreams of all who wish for freedom and the chance to be something greater than the whole yet proud to protect the whole on those principles of God, Corp and Country. It speaks of sacred thoughts and cherished hopes of all great citizens who believe in the freedom of man and the opportunity to challenge those who would take said freedoms and the desire to protect those who wish to always have those freedoms. This is a book well worth reading which revitalizes the true spirit on which this country, the United States of Amercia, was founded. Written by a man whose birthplace and adopted country are different yet all in both crave these values. Thank you for your service to your country and your most enjoyable book- Semper Fi, Gunny.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By LeReve on April 3, 2012
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This is an amazing true story that tackles a global issue through a chronology of the life of an ordinary Afghan boy who endured what so many have, however, his strength, respect and courage is extraordinary which makes for a story that is beyond inspirational. Fahim Fazli is so candid and Michael Moffet has a profound way of capturing the history of Afghanistan, while sharing the details of Fahim's story in a way that makes you feel truly connected. You won't want to put it down! This story should be shared in middle schools around the world as an example of how following your dream and being true to who you are can effect the lives of so many people, and will create happiness within that nobody can ever take away.
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