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A rare and powerful story of hope, love, survival, and the struggle to bring back alive a hostage in IraqMicah Garen and Marie-He le ne Carleton were journalists and filmmakers working in Iraq on a documentary about the looting of the country's legendary archaeological sites, with their Iraqi translator Amir Doshi. In the late summer of 2004, they began to wrap up their wo A rare and powerful story of hope, love, survival, and the struggle to bring back alive a hostage in IraqMicah Garen and Marie-He le ne Carleton were journalists and filmmakers working in Iraq on a documentary about the looting of the country's legendary archaeological sites, with their Iraqi translator Amir Doshi. In the late summer of 2004, they began to wrap up their work, and Marie-He le ne 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, who wore a bushy mustache and was dressed in Iraqi clothing, was unmasked as a foreigner and kidnapped by militants in southern Iraq. Home in New York, Marie-He le ne 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-He le ne; Micah's sister, Eva; 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. After learning of Micah's abduction, Marie-He le ne took a risky and unusual step: instead of relying on the authorities to rescue Micah, she used her recent experience in Iraq to construct a massive grassroots effort to reach out to Micah's captors and plead for his release. As fighting between Coalition forces and theMahdi Army raged in Najaf, Micah and Amir became pawns in a terrible political game. The kidnappers released a video threatening to kill Micah unless the United States withdrew from Najaf within forty-eight hours. In response, Marie-He le ne's and Micah's families redoubled their efforts, eventually sending a representative to Nasiriyah to lobby for Micah. While Marie-He le ne worked on his release, Micah, imprisoned alongside Amir under armed guard deep in the marshes of southern Iraq, lived the nightmare of a hostagehaunted by the alternating impulses of hope and despair, his desire for survival and plans of escape. His experience reveals a great deal about the lives and minds of militants in southern Iraq. "American Hostage" is an engrossing and rare story of how hope, love, and communal effort can overcome war, distance, and cultural differences in Iraq.


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A rare and powerful story of hope, love, survival, and the struggle to bring back alive a hostage in IraqMicah Garen and Marie-He le ne Carleton were journalists and filmmakers working in Iraq on a documentary about the looting of the country's legendary archaeological sites, with their Iraqi translator Amir Doshi. In the late summer of 2004, they began to wrap up their wo A rare and powerful story of hope, love, survival, and the struggle to bring back alive a hostage in IraqMicah Garen and Marie-He le ne Carleton were journalists and filmmakers working in Iraq on a documentary about the looting of the country's legendary archaeological sites, with their Iraqi translator Amir Doshi. In the late summer of 2004, they began to wrap up their work, and Marie-He le ne 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, who wore a bushy mustache and was dressed in Iraqi clothing, was unmasked as a foreigner and kidnapped by militants in southern Iraq. Home in New York, Marie-He le ne 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-He le ne; Micah's sister, Eva; 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. After learning of Micah's abduction, Marie-He le ne took a risky and unusual step: instead of relying on the authorities to rescue Micah, she used her recent experience in Iraq to construct a massive grassroots effort to reach out to Micah's captors and plead for his release. As fighting between Coalition forces and theMahdi Army raged in Najaf, Micah and Amir became pawns in a terrible political game. The kidnappers released a video threatening to kill Micah unless the United States withdrew from Najaf within forty-eight hours. In response, Marie-He le ne's and Micah's families redoubled their efforts, eventually sending a representative to Nasiriyah to lobby for Micah. While Marie-He le ne worked on his release, Micah, imprisoned alongside Amir under armed guard deep in the marshes of southern Iraq, lived the nightmare of a hostagehaunted by the alternating impulses of hope and despair, his desire for survival and plans of escape. His experience reveals a great deal about the lives and minds of militants in southern Iraq. "American Hostage" is an engrossing and rare story of how hope, love, and communal effort can overcome war, distance, and cultural differences in Iraq.

30 review for American Hostage: A Memoir of a Journalist Kidnapped in Iraq and the Remarkable Battle to Win His Release

  1. 4 out of 5

    Dennis Littrell

    Under the sword of death The authors had come to Iraq to help prevent the looting of archeological sites. Their motivation was to help preserve artifacts of an ancient culture. It is ironic then that Micah Garen and his Iraqi translator and guide, Amir Doshi, were kidnapped and put under a death sentence by Iraqi militants. There are two memoirs here, told in alternating chapters, first from Garen, who recounts the terrifying experience of being kidnapped; and then from his fiancee, Marie-Helene C Under the sword of death The authors had come to Iraq to help prevent the looting of archeological sites. Their motivation was to help preserve artifacts of an ancient culture. It is ironic then that Micah Garen and his Iraqi translator and guide, Amir Doshi, were kidnapped and put under a death sentence by Iraqi militants. There are two memoirs here, told in alternating chapters, first from Garen, who recounts the terrifying experience of being kidnapped; and then from his fiancee, Marie-Helene Carleton, who had returned to the States before the kidnapping, on the rescue efforts from New York. The chapters alternate until the story is finished. The story is neither a tragedy nor a comedy, although it could have been either. The authors concentrate on the personal details of their experiences, the helplessness, the fear, the anxiety near the edge of sanity. I was struck with how personal the war became to Marie-Helene Carleton once her beloved Micah had been kidnapped. Too bad it isn't that personal to all of us. Is that what it takes to understand what it means to invade another country? All too often the war is merely a show on television until someone we love is in danger, and then the sheer inhumanity and madness of war become real. I was also struck by the virtual helplessness of the US government. Obviously the US cannot negotiate with kidnappers. To do so would only invite more kidnappings. Furthermore, from the point of view of Carleton, who was co-ordinating the rescue efforts from New York, even involving the US government, and especially the military, was not an opinion, at least not openly, since such involvement might further endanger Garen. Prior to the kidnapping the two authors preferred to be recognized in Iraq as French rather than American, since the French had fewer enemies in Iraq. The book is a little too long. The detail from New York, while fascinating in some respects is utterly ordinary in others, and could easily have been contained. On the other hand, the detail of Garen's day-to-day life as a captive could have been given even more light, except of course he was not able to take notes or to record his experiences. He had to recall after the fact all the details. Since Garen was constantly under the threat of death (a brutal video beheading seemed entirely possible), it is surprising that he was able to recall as much as he did. Also both Garen and Carleton are very young. Their sense of what happened to them is without the sort of distillment that will emerge later, or that would come from people more seasoned. In this regard, I was struck by the restrained heroics and quiet wisdom of Amir Doshi who helped to keep Garen sane, and who actually endured a more brutal ordeal, physically speaking. There was a certain timelessness in the way Amir bore the suffering and the terror that would not be possible for someone younger and less experienced in the world. Additionally, Doshi's character, that of an optimistic, educated and secular Iraqi, served as a shining example of how to behave with grace under pressure. This is not to denigrate Garen or Carleton. Carleton in particular was heroic in her fanatical and laborious efforts to save her fiancé, while Garen managed to survive, with dignity and his own style of grace, an ordeal that few of us would even want to contemplate. Finally I would like to add my own note of irony. If there is a producer somewhere who would like to make this story into a movie, I really do suggest comedy, a romantic comedy in which the kidnappers are bumbling peasants, the politicians helpless bureaucrats, the Islamic clerics filled with the power of their eminence, and the two young people desperately in love, but kept apart by confused armies blowing each other up for no apparent reason. Romantic comedies traditionally end in marriage, and we have on page 259 a very sweet proposal. By the way, it is remarkable that Garen and Carleton do not in the slightest betray even an inkling of political or religious bias in the book. I couldn't tell from reading this book who they voted for in the last presidential election or whether they think invading Iraq was a good idea or not--well, the destruction of war would not appeal to them, that's for sure. And, true a Halliburton subsidiary is noted as contaminating an archeological site (p. 107); but on the other hand, White House neocon, Paul Wolfowitz, is asked to help in the rescue effort. There are some germane and illustrative black and white photos in the middle of the book, and there is a glossary and a helpful map in this attractively edited and clearly-written memoir. --Dennis Littrell, author of the mystery novel, “Teddy and Teri”

  2. 4 out of 5

    Nate Didier

    Incredibly easy read and very very captivating. I do feel the end was rushed, not not sure what else I’d like to have added.

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    Ria

    I LOVED this book. What an ordeal they went through and came out better for it. It was an easy read and kept me wanting to read more.

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