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The Tightening Dark: An American Hostage in Yemen

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The riveting memoir of a Lebanese-Muslim-American and thirty-year US Marine veteran, who was seized in Yemen and spent six months in captivity--and an inspiring reminder that the best parts of the American dream are the dreamers

As air strikes carpeted Yemen's capital, Sam Farran, a Muslim American who had immigrated from Lebanon at an early age and spent thirty years serv
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Hardcover, 320 pages
Published December 15th 2020 by Hachette Books
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Lynn
Oct 30, 2021 rated it really liked it
A Lebanon family moves to Dearborn MI in the 1970s, Sam Farran, grows up, learns English and becomes an American. He becomes a soldier but experiences prejudice due to his ethnicity and religion when the Lebanon Conflict occurred around 1982. He works in many other jobs but goes back to the military after 9/11. He is sent to Yemen where he is kidnapped with other Westerners. This is his account.
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Jul 11, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: true-crime
I honestly expected more of the hostage situation but when, at 50% of the way through the book I still hadn't gotten there yet, I felt like I had been misled. That being said, I think Sam's story is one that needs to be told so I was grateful that he had the courage to share so many personal details of what his life has been like. I learned so much. ...more
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