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Brotherly Enemies: A True Story (Memoirs of a Pro American Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Elie Nakouzi
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Brotherly Enemies is a story of a young man growing up in the arms of one of the most turbulent regions in the world. From the time Elie Nakouzi was five years old, the environment in his home of Beirut, Lebanon was riddled with tension and death. As a young man, Elie watched his once peaceful community of Furn el Chebbak turn from pleasant and thriving into a warzone, with Christian and Muslim neighbors becoming enemies in a civil war that would span the next 30 years.
As a boy, Elie’s main concern was understanding the differences that tore him from his Muslim friends and caused his family and neighbors to fear the worst. He focused on American culture, believing that the free States was the life he desired. He began to refer to himself as a pro-American and sought to be part of the culture he so admired one day.
The Syrian occupation of Lebanon brought new terrors, as Beirut became separated into two factions, the west for the Muslims and the east for the Christians.
Bearing witness to assassinations, other devastating crimes of war, and abominable displays of inhumanity, Elie found himself becoming immune to the constant barrage of death and hate and angry at the lack of protection from the rest of the world. This anger led to many questions, and once he discovered the question mark, Elie knew his future would always depend on it.
As he grew older, his passion of journalism grew due a desire to denounce leaders such as President Hafez al-Assad, Saddam Hussein, and other brutal dictators.
Brotherly Enemies begins the tale of Elie and takes the reader through the start of his personal revolution as a radio host, television talk show host, and eventually a serious journalist breaking the barriers of freedom of speech and inflaming the ruling dictatorship. He experiences threats against his life and his family, but he also enjoys the splendors of success, becoming one of the most well-recognized journalists in Lebanon and a voice of the resistance, often rubbing elbows with some of the most powerful people in world, including members of the Saudi royal family. But money, fame, women, alcohol, and a rampant appetite for luxury were always at odds with Elie’s true passion: the liberation of his country. This is the true story of one man’s perspective of war and his mission to bring it down, even if his voice was the only one being heard.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1270 KB
  • Print Length: 342 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Make Sense Productions; 1 edition (7 Feb. 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #635,929 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Not bad 21 Mar. 2014
By spencer
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Not a bad read once I had got into it.I enjoyed it very much I think I will buy part two
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5.0 out of 5 stars Unforgettable 14 Feb. 2014
By Meghan
Format:Kindle Edition
If legendary Holocaust writer Elie Wiesel is famous for writing heart-breaking recollections of his harrowing experience during the Second World War, then Elie Nakouzi is the Elie is the “memoirist” of what’s happening in the Middle East—how the region has been transformed into an unrelenting battlefield and bloodshed. ‘Brotherly Enemies’ is a book that will drop your jaws and leave it there—if you’ve been fortunate enough to live in a place where there is peace and harmony, the book will open your eyes to what’s happening in other parts of the world, and how countless others could not even sleep in their own beds with any certainty that they’d still wake up in the morning.

At the heart of ‘Brotherly Enemies’ is Elie’s personal story—his harrowing experience living amid the daily horrors in Lebanon. But make no mistake about it—Elie Nakouzi himself is among the fortunate few—successful in his chosen field, loved by many, respected by both peers and rivals, Elie is in a vantage position in Lebanese society. But there’s the rub: all the luxury and good things only cause what is called a “cognitive dissonance” within him, going against the very grain of his one true dream: his country’s freedom. ‘Brotherly Enemies’ is about that story, told from a deeply personal perspective that at turns will make you weep with sorrow or cheer in perceived hope.

What’s more, Elie’s writing demonstrates a rare literary gift—he has a knack for gracefully penetrating the small moments, as well as deriving sense (if that’s even possible in this situation) from the larger issues. He’s a joy to read. No, scratch that—‘Brotherly Enemies’ is not easy to read, mainly because the author doesn’t flinch from describing even the most brutal aspects of the situation in Lebanon.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A masterpiece. 13 Feb. 2014
By ryan
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I don't usually take my kindle to work with me because i don't really use it that much but ive been so hooked on this book ive had to take it with me, truly a book that has had me hooked from start to finish. another thing that ive found so good about this is that its a true story, so when something happens you know its actually happened to someone like living in Beirut and more (i wont give the story away too much) and not just made up by a author a few things happen in this book that are shocking to say the least.
this is a gripping book that made me come back for more every time i had a chance to read it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Memoirs of pro america 6 Nov. 2014
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Top read
Good insight into the middle east with a twist at the end
Difficult to put down at times
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3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars 27 Oct. 2014
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