By Robert R. Fowler
For many years, Robert R. Fowler was once a dominant strength in Canadian overseas affairs. in a single heart-stopping minute, all of that modified. On December 14, 2008, Fowler, appearing because the UN Secretary General's designated Envoy to Niger, used to be abducted by means of Al Qaeda, changing into the top ranked UN authentic ever held captive. together with his colleague Louis Guay, Fowler lived, slept and ate together with his captors for almost 5 months, gaining infrequent first-hand perception into the motivations of the world's so much feared terror crew. Fowler's trap, unencumber and next appearances have helped shed new mild on international coverage and defense matters as we input the second one decade of the " conflict on Terror."
A Season in Hell is Fowler's compelling tale of his captivity, instructed in his personal phrases, yet it's additionally a startlingly frank dialogue concerning the nation of an international redefined by way of clashing civilizations.
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