The Fox Hunt

The Fox Hunt : four strangers, thirteen days, and one man's amazing journey to safety

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A breathtaking escape story that reveals the power of technology to connect people across cultures with life-saving results.

Growing up in Yemen, Mohammed Al Samawi was smart, bookish, and committed to his faith. He had little interest in the non-Muslim world, beyond an intense hostility to Islam's enemies.

All that changed when a teacher lent him a copy of the Bible, sparking his interest in other faiths. Venturing online, he began to connect with people of different cultures from all around the world, and started the improbable journey from dreaming of taking vengeance on the `infidels' to devoting his life to inter-faith dialogue.

But then Yemen crumbled into war. Trapped and alone under bombardment, he managed to get online and put his life in the hands of a rag-tag group of Facebook friends he barely knew. Near-strangers to each another, with zero experience in military strategy, the team of four, spanning New York, San Francisco, and Tel Aviv, achieved the seemingly impossible. They crowd-sourced escape routes and activated their networks to help save Mohammed from certain death.

The Fox Hunt is an exhilarating real-life survival story of faith, curiosity, and the power of human connection in the face of conflict.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 336 pages
  • 153 x 234 x 27mm | 442g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1911344986
  • 9781911344988
  • 198,489

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`Mohammed Al Samawi's page-turning memoir, The Fox Hunt, is an unforgettable odyssey through Yemen, and the rocky terrain of religion, identity, and power. Caught in the most desperate of circumstances, he shows us the unexpected heroism of regular people, and gives us the courage to confront prejudice and take action.' -- Yeonmi Park, human rights activist and author of In Order to Live: A North Korean Girl's Journey to Freedom `An urgent and timely book that reminds us of the common threads of the human experience.' * Bruce Feiler, bestselling author of Walking the Bible and Abraham * `This debut memoir is engaging and tragic yet full of hope as a worldwide effort is undertaken to save Al Samawi's life. A triumphant work.' * Library Journal (starred review) * `Poignant, captivating, disturbing, yet, in the end, hopeful, The Fox Hunt is a haunting and memorable book that illuminates the humanitarian tragedy of Yemen through the life of one of its refugees.' -- Rabbi David Saperstein, former US Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom `A tale of incredible liberation ... Viscerally compelling.' * Forward * `An absorbing story.' * Irish Examiner * `[G]ripping.' * Jewish Chronicle * 'Driving social change in the Arab world is a high stakes game, and Mohammed Al Samawi gambles with his life. A memoir wrapped in a thriller, The Fox Hunt is one of those rare stories that's as gripping as it is important.' -- Bassem Youssef, author of Revolution for Dummies 'At any moment in history, The Fox Hunt would be a tense, exciting, uplifting story of international intrigue and cross-cultural cooperation. But at this moment, Mohammed Al Samawi has written an urgent and timely book that reminds us of the common threads of the human experience.' -- Bruce Feiler, bestselling author of Walking the Bible and Abraham `[C]ompelling.' * The Times *
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About Mohammed Al Samawi

Mohammed Al Samawi, a Zaydi Shia'a Muslim, was born on 30 November 1986 in the old Yemeni city of Sana'a. Brought up to believe that the Jews were responsible for all his people's troubles, his life changed when he read the Old Testament, `friended' Jews in Israel, and joined social-action groups aimed at promoting dialogue between Muslims and Jews. Soon, he started receiving death threats from his compatriots, and when he fled to the southern city of Aden he found himself caught up in a brutal civil war. Trapped and desperate, he could find no one to help him, until strangers from overseas pitched in and eventually saved his life. He escaped to the United States, where he now lectures widely to promote inter-faith relations.
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490 ratings
4.22 out of 5 stars
5 46% (224)
4 34% (167)
3 17% (85)
2 2% (11)
1 1% (3)
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