Micah Garen and Marie-Helene Carleton were journalists and filmmakers working in Iraq on a documentary with their Iraqi translator Amir Doshi. In the late summer of 2004, they began to wrap up their work, and Marie-Helene returned home while Micah remained for a final two weeks of filming. As Micah and Amir were filming in a Nasiriyah market, something went horribly wrong: Micah was unmasked as a foreigner and kidnapped by militants in southern Iraq.Home in New York, Marie-Helene awoke to a gut-wrenching phone call from Micah's mother with word of his abduction. She promised Micah's mother the impossible -- that together they would bring Micah back alive.American Hostage is the remarkable memoir of Micah Garen's harrowing abduction and survival in captivity, as well as the heroic and successful struggle of Marie-Helene; along with family and friends to win Micah's and Amir's release from their captors. The world watched and waited as Micah's drama unfolded, but the authors, now safely home and engaged to be married, detail the dramatic untold story.
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"An astonishing read. What unfolds from the terrifying drama of Micah Garen’s kidnapping by Iraqi militants is a complete surprise: a moving, sympathetic portrait of Iraq and its people struggling against the chaos unleashed by the American liberation. American Hostage explores some of the darkest terrain in the human condition and emerges with hope still beating." -- Evan Wright, author of Generation KillFrom AudioFile:
This memoir concerns the ordeal of Micah Garen, a journalist who was in Iraq in the summer of 2004 filming a documentary with Carleton. Shortly after Carleton returned home, Garen was discovered to be a foreigner and taken hostage by militants. This is their ordeal-Garen's as a hostage and Carleton's as one of the people working to win his release. Alternating passages in this abridgment, the authors read their own stories, filled with the anxiety of the unknown and the determination to survive. Garen gives a somewhat stiff reading that, while not monotonous, is often lacking in energy. Carleton has more skill as a reader and exhibits more energy and verve. M.T.F. © AudioFile 2007, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, Maine
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Book Description Simon & Schuster Audio, 2005. Audio CD. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P110743551788