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Fahim Speaks: A Warrior-Actor's Odyssey from Afghanistan to Hollywood and Back Paperback – February 25, 2012
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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)
From the Back Cover
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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Top Customer Reviews
"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.
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.
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I really enjoyed reading Fahim's story. I was interested to read it as I work with a lot of Afghan military personnel and will soon be deploying to Afghanistan for a year. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Darren Grimes
Excellent book to read of how a 40 year old man gave back to his countries.Published 10 months ago by Tank
Absolutely fantastic story. Exciting. Inspiring. Fahim Fazli is a true patriot. And he's such a likable guy. Even the Taliban couldn't bring itself to kill him. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Praetorian
I honestly never read the book, but i think i lived it. I served with Fahim in 3/4 Wpns Pltn. Dont know a thing about what the book says. Read morePublished on April 26, 2014 by SavannahCatOwner
I had the pleasure to see Fahim in action in Afghanistan, and his story epitomizes the courage and patriotism of some of the best interpreters who have served the U.S. Read morePublished on February 18, 2014 by Padraig O'Cearbhaill
FAHIM SPEAKS…volumes. Devoted husband, father, actor, and interpreter, this is a story I won’t forget. Read morePublished on November 15, 2013 by Wendra Colleen
The author brings better understanding to the issue of the Taliban and what it has been like under their regime. Read morePublished on July 4, 2013 by nfmgirl
I just finished reading "Fahim Speaks," and it's a very good book. He and Colonel Moffett did a great job in writing it. Read morePublished on April 8, 2013 by Ken H.