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Inadmissible by [Elsayed, Tamer]
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About the Author

Dr. Tamer Elsayed received his bachelor's degree from Cal Poly Pomona and master's and doctorate degrees from Caltech—all in mechanical engineering. He has published more than 30 scientific papers in the fields of computational solid mechanics and high performance computing, and his work has been widely referenced by fellow academics in various scientific journals and conferences.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1172 KB
  • Print Length: 283 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Officio Press (10 Nov. 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00PHQJ9TK
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 30 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #412,675 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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A gripping and fascinating account written by an exceptionally intelligent young man. Tamer could easily have glossed over or omitted certain aspects of his story and presented himself in a more flattering and heroic way, but he didn't. He admits he made mistakes and errors of judgement that did eventually affect and change the course of his life. I admired his honesty and determination as a convicted felon who only had a limited time to gain his desired qualifications before possible deportation to be accepted into and work his way through degree, masters and Phd courses at top class universities in the US. I'm totally in awe of his intelligence and application to the extremely difficult courses he undertook. I couldn't even begin to name them all but even following the story of how he progressed was fascinating. I won't give anything more away. A truly inspirational memoir written by a man from a relatively modest and virtually one-parent background in Egypt. Highly recommended.
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I was not sure what to expect when I began this book, but it is a sad story of what can happen as the result of one mistake. I felt the author’s frustration with the authorities and the consequences of his decisions which were overwhelming. I related to the family conflicts which highlighted the vast chasm between cultures and the expectations they have of their children. That story in itself is not unique, first generation children caught between the old and new world, but this book had the added element - the involvement of government authorities – and the time the author spent in prison. I applaud his bravery in recounting his life story to the world at large, but it does highlight the difference in mindsets from one country to another. I would have liked an epilogue to find out what happened after the author moved county just to bring his story up to date. Highly recommended.
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Another good read.
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I had no preconceived ideas when I began reading Inadmissible of what the pages held other than it being a memoir of a young man moving from Egypt to America to better himself.
The more I read of Tamers arrival into the USA the more I got absorbed into his story. At first he comes across as quite gauche in his approach to American life and the writing seems to feel this hesitancy and uncertainty too. Its here he makes a choice that affects the rest of his life. An understandable one I think, all be it unlawful.
We follow Tamer and his growth through his schooling and beyond, his strength of character and his intelligence unfolding before our eyes. The writing develops along with him and as his fortunes change and his misdemeanour is uncovered, we glimpse an insight into the American judicial and penal system. Without any self pity, Tamer describes the processes he went through: a man not trying to garner sympathy but one merely trying to explain what happened and the frustrations that ensued. From one tiny mistake in an attempt to better himself, he suffered greatly.
When the garden looks once more rosy, more hurdles are thrust at him and again he sets about leaping those hurdles.
Tamer manages to explain some quite complex legal and scientific issues in an understandable way which isn't easy but they are integral to his story so need to be mentioned.

I was left with a whole mix of emotions when I'd finished reading, from sorrow at what he has endured to pride in his achievements. A gritty, honest memoir that I am glad to have read.
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I found this such a powerful book-even from the first two to three pages. The book has a good, clear, concise style which really makes you want to read it. Tamer's parents are Egyptian but he was born in Kuwait where they were both working. This was unexpected and meant I was reading about a part of the world and a way of life I didn't know about and have never read about before, something different. I was expecting the book to be all about his incarceration but it was lovely to have some insight into family life in Kuwait, his childhood etc. In Kuwait he used to go to school weekdays and have only Friday off for the weekend. More of his family lived and worked there, and we learn of family get-togethers at the start of their weekend, learning about different cultures and ways. So many points are made in so few lines, a nice, easy, concise style. Tamer's circumstances and this whole book have come about due to his hunger for learning, his desire to better himself, to excel-certainly not a bad quality in anyone. Yet for him it had disastrous consequences. I loved the Travel Writing style in the passages where he is talking about the area in Egypt where they lived, the famous mosque there which attracts thousands of visitors. It's very interesting to read about the spice sellers, sweet shops etc started up in this area. Besides the circumstances of the prison, there's also the family situation detailed. Tamer begins learning English-he does this by for example watching Hollywood movies to help him learn the language. It pays off-on reading this book, you would never know that Tamer's first language wasn't English, this is a highly accurate offering. I was absolutely gripped with this, there are some unexpected events.Read more ›
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