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American Hostage

A Memoir of a Journalist Kidnapped in Iraq and the Remarkable Battle to Win His Release

by Micah Garen, Marie-Helene Carleton

American Hostage by Micah Garen, Marie-Helene Carleton
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  • Published in USA  Oct 2005
    288 pages
    Genre: Biographies/Memoirs

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Micah Garen and Marie-Hélène Carleton were journalists and filmmakers working in Iraq on a documentary about the looting of the country's legendary archaeological sites, with their Iraqi translator Amir Doshi. In the late summer of 2004, they began to wrap up their work, and Marie-Hélène returned home while Micah remained for a final two weeks of filming. As Micah and Amir were filming in a Nasiriyah market, something went horribly wrong: Micah, who wore a bushy mustache and was dressed in Iraqi clothing, was unmasked as a foreigner and kidnapped by militants in southern Iraq.

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'Even readers who followed the story in the newspapers will find much that is new since so many of the crucial negotiations happened off the front page. And with a romantic subplot humming through the tension, this story is made for the silver screen.' - PW.

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