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A Season In Hell Paperback – November 13, 2012
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“A page-turner from beginning to end. . . . A tale of courage and human triumph.” (The Globe and Mail)
“Vital reading.” (National Post)
“Fowler has captured the terror of his ordeal in direct, rich, and vibrant prose. . . . A riveting narrative about an experience many others would not have survived.” (Lt.-Gen. the Honourable Roméo A. Dallaire (Ret.), Senator)
“What a remarkable book this is. The writing is clear, compelling, visceral . . . The story leaves you gasping . . . It’s been eons since I’ve read a work of non-fiction where every page grabs your heart.” (Stephen Lewis)
“A story of courage and determination in the face of fear and terror; a story of international political intrigue where the personal and political stakes could not be higher. . . . [Fowler] is among Canada’s most distinguished heroes.” (James Orbinski, MD, author of An Imperfect Offering and Chair in Global Health at the University of Toronto)
“Through this fascinating account of his time spent in gruelling captivity, Robert Fowler shows us the power of the human spirit in the face of adversity and danger.” (Kofi A. Annan, Secretary-General of the United Nations (1997-2006), Chairman of the Kofi Annan Foundation)
“An engaging, clearly written story: subtle, informative, at times very moving, but never maudlin.” (Literary Review of Canada)
“The book reads with the tension and pacing of a fictional thriller. . . .Fowler’s gripping account, from the moment of his abduction, is astonishingly detailed, at times chillingly detached and at times heart-wrenchingly moving.” (Jury Citation, the B.C. National Award for Canadian Non-Fiction)
About the Author
ROBERT R. FOWLER joined the Department of External Affairs in 1969 and was posted to Paris in 1971 and to the Canadian Permanent Mission to the United Nations in 1976. He returned to External Affairs headquarters in 1978 to become executive assistant to Allan Gotlieb, the under-secretary of state for External Affairs. In 1980, he was seconded to the Privy Council Office as assistant secretary to the Cabinet (Foreign and Defence Policy), where he served as foreign policy advisor to prime ministers Trudeau, Turner and Mulroney. In 1986 Mr. Fowler became assistant deputy minister (Policy) in the Department of National Defence, and then he served as deputy minister from 1989 to 1995. From 1995 to 2000 he was Canada’s longest serving ambassador to the United Nations, following which he was named ambassador to Italy and also personal representative for Africa for prime ministers Chrétien and Harper. Fowler lives in Ottawa, Ontario.
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A well-written account of trying to survive being kidnapped by some of the most violent men the Mid-East. And, a well-documented account of the people who risked their own lives to negotiate freedom for the hostages. Intriguing, to say the least.