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  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam Press; First Edition, First Impression edition (3 May 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0593055780
  • ISBN-13: 978-0593055786
  • Product Dimensions: 24.6 x 15.6 x 4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (76 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 63,951 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Gardner is a superb reporter; his terrible experience only make his analysis all the more telling" (EVENING STANDARD)

"Gardner tells his remarkable tale well and bravely, with an astonishing lack of anger and enduring love and respect for the Islamic world" (SUNDAY TIMES)

"Chilling, graphic and admirably unsentimental... Gardner comes across as a modest, thoroughly decent man... an exemplary foreign correspondent" (GUARDIAN)

"A witty, self-deprecating, inspiring testament" (DAILY TELEGRAPH)

"Vivid detail... entertaining anecdotes... Gardner is a tremendous model for what relations between East and West can be... a fine introduction both to journalism and to the culture of the Middle East" (INDEPENDENT) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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June 2014 marks the 10th anniversary of the attempt on BBC security correspondent Frank Gardner's life - his bestselling memoir is reissued with a new chapter recounting his return to Saudi Arabia for the first time since that near-fatal day in 2004... --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Mr. T. J. Evans on 4 Jun. 2006
Format: Audio CD
I enjoyed this book immensely. It is simply written and keeps the interest of the reader from start to finish. Frank's adventures catch the imagination chapter after chapter.

The main body of the book tells the reader about Frank's career in banking centred on the Middle East and Frank's degree in Arab studies. Reading the book you find Frank is looking for a far more exciting career, one centred on journalism. It is this desire to enter journalism that leads to the final chapters. These chapters reveal the shooting of Frank and his cameraman Simon Cumbers and the amazing recovery of Frank.

The story is compelling and exposes the futile waste of a mans life and the near loss of Frank's life too. Frank makes the point that he has no real belief in a God. Yet he was disappointed when he greeted his killer with the words "and upon you the peace and the mercy of God and his blessings." A strange phrase for a non believer to use!

However, despite all the odds Frank survived thanks to some amazing good luck and maybe some "unknown" intervention. It this survival that makes the reader feel as though they are reliving the ordeal, the shooting and the months of recover. It exposes Franks desire to cling onto life and to be able to continue being part of the life of his children and his wife Amanda, despite his disability.

I think anyone who reads this book will agree that it is a fascinating and moving story. Overall, well worth buying.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Labeed Hamid on 20 Jun. 2006
Format: Hardcover
Frank Gardner describes what every young man would have liked to do in his twenties and thirties (except getting shot). His spirit of adventure, his travels in the Middle East , his emersion in the culture gave him a better insight into that part of the world than some of the best available academic studies. Living with an Egyptian family in a poor neighborhood of old Cairo, spending many days traveling the desert with a Bedu tribe in Wdai Rumm in Jordan, jetting around the Middle East during the boom years of the eighties and nineties makes fascinating reading. His work as a correspondent which landed him in a situation of becoming a target for extremists assassins who left him almost dead did not seem to have changed his mind about the people and the culture he loved.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Louise Hollow on 7 Aug. 2007
Format: Paperback
Like most people I had seen Frank Gardner on the BBC reporting on Middle East issues and had never though to much about it till after he was attacked. This fascinating book shows the growth of Gardner's interest and love for the Arabic world. It tells us of his student days in Egypt, and his travel to Yemen and the Sudan, and guides us through his life as he takes his first steps in finance and ultimately journalism. Where this book really comes into its own though it to highlight the physical and mental trauma Gardner faced as he fought for survival and recovery from potentially fatal gunshot wounds. I found most of this section incredibly moving, but their were also lighthearted sections that made me smile - his daughters with bedpans on their heads is an amazing visual. What struck me most though is the sheer determination that he has shown throughout his recovery and subsequently on his return to work as the BBC's security correspondant. He clearly has amazing inner strength to have coped with something so terrible and to have in some senses came out at the other end. A must read for anyone interested in Middle East politics and for any one he wants to read about a truly inspirational person!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Jordan Dias on 26 Mar. 2007
Format: Hardcover
It is rare that I can read a book of this length in under a week. But I did - one of the best written autobiographies I have had the pleasure of reading. I didn't really want to stop to put this book down. I have to say that at times I really felt for the author, and at times I felt quite passionate about the scenarios he went through. Without a doubt, a recommendation to everyone.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Petrolhead VINE VOICE on 22 Aug. 2006
Format: Hardcover
Frank Gardner's excellent memoir is a breed apart from those written by many other famous faces from the TV, who all too often seem to decide to "do a book" because they know it will sell. Since I knew only about his shooting, I was a little worried this book might just be a celebrity tear-jerker. But I needn't have worried. Frank has an amazing story to tell, and he tells it amazingly well. Although he has suffered terribly and his colleague was killed, he is brave enough and positive enough to write in a balanced, intelligent and detailed way. But the book's power is not limited to the gripping and graphic passage in which he is gunned down, or for the wincingly painful rehabilitation.

His portrait of the Arab world is a much fuller than the picture we get from a barrage of headlines about war and terrorism. And his description of finding himself paralysed helped this upright reader at least to understand how it must feel to be suddenly wheelchair-bound. For that, and much more in this book, I am grateful to him for having the courage to write.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Captivated reader on 31 Mar. 2007
Format: Paperback
This book was a fascinating and compelling read from the first to the last page. I admire Frank Gardner for being able to share not only his travels with the reader but also his personal and very traumatic ordeal. I highly recommend this book.
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