Saved by Her Enemy and over one million other books are available for Amazon Kindle. Learn more
Buy Used
Used: Very Good | Details
Sold by owlsbooks
Condition: Used: Very Good
Comment: Book is used, fast shipping and great customer service.
Have one to sell? Sell on Amazon
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more
See all 2 images

Saved by Her Enemy: An Iraqi woman's journey from the heart of war to the heartland of America Hardcover – March 2, 2010

84 customer reviews

See all 4 formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Amazon Price New from Used from
"Please retry"
"Please retry"
$1.96 $0.01

Vendetta: Bobby Kennedy Versus Jimmy Hoffa
"Vendetta: Bobby Kennedy Versus Jimmy Hoffa"
One of America's greatest investigative reporters brings to life the gripping, no-holds-barred clash of two American titans: Robert Kennedy and his nemesis Jimmy Hoffa. Learn more | See more history books

Editorial Reviews

About the Author

Don Teague is currently a correspondent for Early Show and CBS Evening News.  Prior to that, he served NBC News as a correspondent for NBC News as a correspondent and has covered a wide range of stories, from Hurricanes along the Gulf coast, to wildfires in Southern California, riots across France, and the war in Iraq. Teague won an Emmy Award for his reporting from New Orleans in the chaotic aftermath of hurricane Katrina. His contributions to NBC’s Katrina coverage also earned the prestigious Peabody and Edward R. Murrow awards. Teague has received other awards, including several national Emmy nominations, three Edward R. Murrow awards, two National Headliner awards, two regional Emmys, seventeen regional Emmy nominations, and several Associated Press Broadcasters awards.

Rafraf Barrak was born into a Shiite Muslim family in Baghdad, Iraq. As a student at Baghdad University, she had pursued a degree in English Literature until the University was closed due to war. Her knowledge of the city of Baghdad and her skills in English won her a job as a translator for NBC war correspondents. She is now a student in the United States and lives with the Teague family in Texas.

Excerpt. © Reprinted by permission. All rights reserved.



Ibrahim looked at me through the rearview mirror. We both expected a burst of gunfire to riddle the beat-up Suburban at any second, but it never came. Instead there was a moment of eerie silence as our SUV careened down the dirt road… trying to put as much distance between us and the school as possible. Our army convoy had left us to fend for ourselves; the protection of their turret-mounted machine guns was nowhere in sight.

How many were dead? We had no idea, but seconds before the explosion, the street had been filled with children. Now there was only chaos and rage. We were completely unable to defend ourselves, two SUVs carrying a half dozen frightened journalists and our British security adviser, Rupert.

Young Iraqi men lined the road, some running toward the still smoking aftermath of the blast, some watching us race away in stunned silence, others shouting and raising their fists in anger.

Rupert rode shotgun. His pistol would be worthless in the expected ambush. It never left his holster.

“They bombed the bloody school,” Rupert shouted into a handheld radio. “Repeat! They bombed the school!”

There was no answer.

“Don’t slow down,” I told Ibrahim, “no matter what.”


The Iraqi driver floored the accelerator.

The Suburban bounced and bucked as our makeshift convoy roared down the dirt road past the squatty concrete homes that dotted the landscape of western Baghdad. The residents knew enough to stay inside; the roads were empty save for a few stray dogs and goats.

Somewhere ahead was a left turn that would lead us to a busy road. The risk of ambush would be smaller if we could just make that road, but our chances of getting there seemed remote. We managed to put half a mile between the school and us, but none of us could relax. Not yet.

In recent weeks, insurgents had modified their tactics. No longer content with simply bombing foreigners, they had begun ambushing survivors with AK-47s as they tried to run. And we were running for our lives. Our unarmored vehicles would be no match for bullets, much less another bomb.

I turned and looked out the back window. The school was receding into the distance, the crowd outside still visible even through the dust cloud left hanging in the air by our racing convoy.

For the first time in the last—what had it been, three minutes?—I caught my breath, the adrenaline replaced by a sudden wave of nausea. I recognized the feeling from the last time I was almost killed; it would pass. That’s when I noticed Ibrahim, looking at me in the rearview mirror. He was telling me something with his eyes.

I suddenly became acutely aware of Rafraf. She was sitting on my right, closest to the door. But she wasn’t sitting as much as lying down half across my body. She seemed tiny and frail, even wrapped in what was supposed to be my body armor. I could feel her body rise and fall with each breath. I could feel her tears on my arm.

And there was Ibrahim again, looking at me in the rearview mirror.

Rafraf was twenty-three years old. She should have been in school, but Baghdad University had been closed for more than a year. So instead of enjoying her last semester as a college student, Rafraf was putting her English skills to work doing the most dangerous job in the most dangerous city on earth. She was working as a translator for NBC News, which currently meant trying to survive the ride back to our hotel.

“What about all the children?” she asked, her voice barely above a whimper. “There were children everywhere. Don’t they care?”

“Maybe the children knew in advance,” I said. “Maybe they had warning. I didn’t see any bodies.” It was the most I could offer, but I wasn’t convinced.

Rafraf sobbed, “There were so many children.” I felt her body shudder.

I squeezed her hand, and for the first time realized I was holding her hand, my right arm draped around her for protection. I loosened my grip to allow her to sit up, but she didn’t move. I became aware of the scarf that covered her head and most of her face, aware, in fact, of all that meant.

Rafraf was a Muslim woman in a culture that demanded separation between men and women. In the weeks I had worked with Rafraf I had never actually touched her… not even a handshake. Now here I was with my arm wrapped around her body.

Ibrahim spoke little English, but in this case he didn’t have to. He had been sending me a message with his eyes… perhaps a warning: RAFRAF IS ONE OF US, NOT ONE OF YOU. DON’T TOUCH OUR WOMEN.

I gently nudged Rafraf back to her upright position and let her go.

“It’ll be okay,” I said weakly. But I knew it wouldn’t. I also knew deep down this wouldn’t be the last time I tried to save Rafraf.

© 2010 Don Teague

"I, Justine: An Internet Memoir"
Browse a selection of new biographies & memoirs.

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Howard Books; 1St Edition edition (March 2, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1439159106
  • ISBN-13: 978-1439159101
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (84 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #810,388 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Don Teague is an Emmy Award winning journalist and author. He is currently the primary evening news anchor at FOX 26 Television in Houston.

Previously, Don was a correspondent for CBS News from 2009 through 2011, appearing regularly on The CBS Evening News, The Early Show, and Sunday Morning. While at CBS, Don covered major stories including the mass shooting of soldiers at Fort Hood and the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

Don worked as an NBC News correspondent from 2002 until 2009. While working for NBC News, he covered stories as varied as the war in Iraq, riots in France, hurricane Katrina, and the seizure of children from a polygamist ranch in Texas.

Don has extensive military experience, having served as a Captain in the Army Reserve and National Guard and logging nearly thousand hours of military and civilian helicopter pilot time.

He holds a Master of Science in international studies from Troy State University and a Bachelor of Arts in broadcast journalism from San Diego State University.

Don lives in the Houston area with his wife Kiki, three horses, three dogs, a bunch of chickens, and a donkey. He and his wife have two daughters in college.

His first book, Saved By Her Enemy, was published by Simon and Schuster/Howard Books in March, 2010.

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By J. Tomlinson on February 26, 2010
Format: Hardcover
I was fortunate enough to read a pre-released copy of this book. Authors Don Teague and Rafraf Barrak write a compelling and moving story that transcends all cultural and political boundaries. This book is important and timely to the world in which we are now living. The book made me cry and also laugh out loud as I was reminded that no matter who we are or where we are, we are called to love.

Janee Tomlinson
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
17 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Andrea Schultz on March 1, 2010
Format: Hardcover
If you have been a viewer of network news over the past decade, you are more than likely familiar with the reporting of Don Teague ([...]). He is currently a correspondent for CBS News, and appears regularly on the `CBS Evening News with Katie Couric,' `The Early Show,' and `Sunday Morning'; prior to that network, he was employed by NBC, and appeared regularly on the NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams (and Mr. Williams' predecessor, Tom Brokaw), the Today Show, and NBC's cable news network, MSNBC.

Don Teague is the coauthor, with Rafraf Barrak, of the new release, `Saved by Her Enemy: An Iraqi's Woman's Journey From the Heart of War to the Heartland of America.' This interesting book tells the amazing story of Ms. Barrak, who was born in Baghdad, Iraq. She was the fifth child in a family that would grow to ten children. Rafraf's interesting first name was bestowed upon her by her father. He found the word in the Koran; she would be named after one of Allah's promises - the paradise to come. She was a student at Baghdad University until the time that the university had to be shut down (due to the war), then was employed by NBC as a translator. Mr. Teague worked with her when he was assigned as a war correspondent there in 2004. Ms. Barrak was raised as a Muslim, although she did have a rebellious streak (don't we all?!).

Rafraf and Don developed a strong bond after they survived a bomb attack at a school in Baghdad on February 16, 2004. One of the bombs detonated; the one nearest them had a faulty detonator - sparing their lives.

Mr. Teague interprets the events of that day this way:

"I supposed it could have been luck, but to me the incident at the school had God's fingerprints all over it. I believe he can and does intervene in human events.
Read more ›
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Tiffany D. Hines on March 9, 2010
Format: Hardcover
This was an incredible book with unexpected turns on every page. I couldn't put it down. If it weren't for a busy week last week I would have finished it in a day! I highly recommend this (sometimes too) real picture of an iraqi's perspective on America and the things that we as Americans could never understand!

I'm thankful and enlightened after reading this story. It left me wanting more!

I HIGHLY recommend this book!
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Dallas Mom on March 9, 2010
Format: Hardcover
I am fortunate to know Don and Kiki Teague through our shared church in Dallas. I knew some of Don and Rafraf's story and have been eagerly anticipating this book...but as Ann Curry says in the foreword, I suspect I did not know the depths of Don Teague! This is quite an unforgettable tale.

Mr. Teague's writing style is enjoyable to read...personal, humorous at times, always straightforward and on-target with the emotion of the moment. He is a natural and compelling storyteller and I finished this book as fast as my one year old would let me! I appreciated that although the story occurred in the midst of the Iraq war, he managed to keep his politics hidden and tell a human story (which ironically, is what he hoped to cover in Iraq in the first place...human stories of goodness in the midst of turmoil).

I enjoyed the alternating points of view between Don and Rafraf. It transported me inside the Iraq war to a place I would never have the privilege to see otherwise. They were in danger every day and it gave me a new appreciation for journalists who risk their lives to report stories. There are many roadblocks along the way that seem insurmountable...will she even survive? How will they ever get her to the States? It was wonderful to see God's goodness as Don and his family simply walked in faith that said "we are supposed to help this girl, you've put her on our heart God, so you will work it out". He and his NBC colleagues did some pretty heroic things for this young woman. Where many of us would have stood by and watched, Don took action. It is very touching to witness.

I especially enjoyed seeing the war from the view of an Iraqi woman. To see her sadness as she encounters the internet and learns how Iraq is viewed by the rest of the world.
Read more ›
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Ryan on March 7, 2010
Format: Hardcover
If I did not have children I would have read this book in one sitting! This book is a serious page turner that you will not want to put down. The reader gets a first person narrative of life as a reporter embedded in the Iraq war, a behind the scenes look at the NBC Bureau in Iraq, life in Iraq while US bombs are raining overhead, and an incredible journey of a young woman leaving everything she's known to seek refuge with an American family in the US. From the first sentence you are pulled into the story and you do not want to put it down. Anyone looking for a captivating, emotional, and fast paced read will find it in this book. Highly recommend!!
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again

Most Recent Customer Reviews