- 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: 11 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 36 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #639,092 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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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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)
From the Back Cover
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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As Fahim speaks of his childhood in Afghanistan, his escape to the US, his life as a struggling actor, finding true love (of both a woman and a country) and of returning to Afghanistan in the service of the US marines the reader is led on a journey of understanding. I read with interest as Fahim developed an understanding of the cultural influences that created the abusive/subservient relationship of his parents and led him into two failed arranged marriages. Fahim's insight into understanding his culture shaped his life and also became invaluable to the US marines he served with as an interpreter. He spent many hours helping the marines understand the people of the country they were going into which kept them safe on many occasions.
I want to thank Fahim Fazli and Michael Moffett for this inspirational book that helped me to understand a culture that was very foreign to me. Thank you for the opportunity to walk in Fahim's shoes. I highly recommend this book to all.