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Lewis Alsamari
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3 July 2007
Aged 17, Lewis Alsamari was conscripted into the Iraqi army. Things went from bad to worse once his superiors discovered his ability to speak English, and Lewis was selected for Saddam's elite, top secret intelligence service, an offer he literally could not refuse. This left him with only one option - to escape from his native land, leaving his family behind him...Going under the wire of the army compound where he was posted, Lewis was shot in the leg, making his escape - which required a gruelling journey in disguise across the desert at night with a group of Bedouin, at the mercy of ravenous wolves - all the more arduous. Against the odds, Lewis survived this trek, made it across the border into Jordan, and eventually sought asylum the UK, where he had spent his childhood. Now he had to work out how to rescue his mother and sister, who had been thrown into Abu Ghraib once Lewis' escape became known. The only thing which could help was money and lots of it, so Lewis fraudulently transferred 37,500 from the accounts of William Hill (where he had a temporary job) into his own bank, and wired it to Baghdad in order to pay the necessary bribes. But, of course, it wasn't quite that simple...Out of Iraq is an exhilarating and terrifying story of one man's escape from one of the harshest regimes of the modern era. It is testament both to the strength of the human spirit and to the extremes we'll go to in order to keep our families safe.

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  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam Press; 1st edition (3 July 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0593058232
  • ISBN-13: 978-0593058237
  • Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 15.6 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,942,869 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The astounding true story of one man's struggle to free himself and his family from Saddam's Iraq --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Aged seventeen, Lewis Alsamari was conscripted into the Iraqi army. Things went from bad to worse once his superiors discovered his ability to speak English. Lewis was selected for Saddam’s elite, top-secret intelligence service, an offer he literally could not refuse. This left him with only one option – to flee from his native land, leaving his family behind . . .
Going under the wire of the army compound where he was posted, Lewis was shot in the leg, making his escape – a gruelling journey in disguise across the desert at night with a group of Bedouin, at the mercy of ravenous wolves – all the more arduous. Against the odds, Lewis survived this trek, made it across the border into Jordan, and eventually sought asylum in the UK, where he had spent his childhood.
Now he had to work out how to rescue his mother, brother and sister, who had been thrown into Abu Ghraib jail once Lewis’s escape became known.
The only thing which could help was money and lots of it, so Lewis fraudulently transferred £37,500 from the accounts of William Hill (where he had a temporary job) into his own bank account, and wired it to Baghdad in order to pay the necessary bribes. But, of course, it wasn’t quite that simple . . .
Out of Iraq is an exhilarating and terrifying story of one man’s escape from one of the harshest regimes of the modern era. It is testament to both the strength of the human spirit and the extremes to which we’ll go in order to keep our loved ones safe.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Simply Irresistible 28 July 2007
Format:Hardcover
Out of Iraq is an extremely harrowing tale of a young man's journey out of his own personal hell. A constant page turner- you will not put this book down.
Alsamari takes you through utterly unspeakable-sometimes almost unlivable- situations in order to define the meaning of never letting go of your dreams and always believing that there is a light at the end of each dark tunnel.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Compulsory reading 26 Sep 2007
By Harry T
Format:Hardcover
Out Of Iraq, by Lewis Alsamari is a book worthy of everyone's attention. Often people will read a book and say how it is the best they have read in a long while and how it should be read by everyone. However Out Of Iraq is the only book I have ever been able to say this for truthfully. The book is written almost as a diary, but not of trips to the Isle of Wight or terrible head teachers, but of a savage regime, that Lewis is forced to escape, at the age of 18. As an 18 year old myself I have so much respect for Lewis who followed his dreams throughout the book, facing many situations that we could not comprehend. Un-able to put his book down, during my lunch break at work, whilst at traffic lights, even in the pub, Out Of Iraq will become a well known book of a true super-hero. A MUST READ!
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5.0 out of 5 stars a genuine man always remembers his family 12 April 2008
Format:Paperback
This book has a story...very sad story the writer has to share. Escaping from Iraq is not a bad idea but a very heart felt encounter Sarmed had. The country border check points, airport custom checks, and other he might had little luck with are all 'hellgates' who make sure he gets into trouble sometimes even when he is right.

Second part of this book, after gotten himself from Jordan and to UK are mainly written to save his family (mother, brother and sister). He value and honor what has been said by his great uncle Saad. Getting them over to UK was yet again not in Sarmed's good fortune - he stole from his company to pay off people that can get documents to help his family over. Then lend into more problem - got jailed in Malaysia and family was deported back Iraq. Later he got caught for what he has committed in stealing funds from company he worked for.

After many attempts he finally brought his family back to a new home, UK. Last his marriage failed (Rachel), reason was not written. Uncle Saad is still alive in Iraq and everything has been great of Sarmed/Lewis who got into acting instead of being a doctor he wanted to be.

I rate this 8/10 and a good 5 star for it. Is the real deal this one and a page turner. Not sure he will write another.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Out of Iraq 1 Oct 2007
Format:Hardcover
Excellent read! A page turner that I couldn't put down. This story is about triumph over adversity. It is intelligently written, and brings attention to many of the injustices still faced in this world. Lewis Alsamari, in his flight from adversity, demonstrates great strength of will, compassion, and the desire to make a difference in the world.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Out Of Iraq is outstanding 24 Aug 2007
Format:Hardcover
Out Of Iraq is an amazing story of strength of character, courage and loyalty for those you love.
To read this is to walk but a few steps in the authors shoes forcing you to question your own strength and courage. It is a breathtaking insight into what obstacles people are capable of overcoming to reach freedom.
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Moving and compelling... an extreme emotional rollercoaster. This has to be the most courageous biography I have ever read.

I was gripped by every sound and movement created by this author. At times I felt stunned and shaken by the very depths of personal anguish and unjust circumstances thrown in to the life of this brave man.

`Escape from Saddam' is about a Lewis Alsamari's desperate journey. Forced to flee a country where human rights and freedom of choice have been eradicated by Saddam's regime. Lewis' only options are to stay and kill or run and risk being killed for what he believes in. An unforgettable real story of survival, courage and having the strength to know what is right when everything else around seems so desperately wrong.

Lewis gives humanity hope, with the power to inspire and make us realise that we all have the capability to change the world.
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