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A fascinating true story of a young Iraqi recruited off the streets of Baghdad to translate for U.S. forces during the Iraq War.
In his own words, Fahdi recounts his story of going from life as a twenty-one-year-old, upper-middle-class student at the University of Baghdad to being recruited right off his neighborhood street to serve as an interpreter for a United States Army unit just days after the fall of Saddam Hussein's regime. Over the next two years, Fahdi goes on to translate for U.S. drill sergeants training new Iraqi Army recruits in Ramadi, serves alongside U.S. Marines during the first Battle of Fallujah, and eventually lands a position as a linguist with Iraq's newly formed national intelligence agency in Baghdad. Along the way he suffers combat injuries, faces the challenges of integrating with American soldiers in U.S. camps, is hunted by local insurgency groups for assisting the "infidels," and eventually falls in love with an American service member. Voicing the Eagle is a unique, firsthand perspective on one of the United States' most controversial foreign conflicts.
Amanda Matti served six years in the United States Navy, including a 2005 deployment to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Her Iraq War memoir, A Foreign Affair(October 2016) tells the story of her deployment to Baghdad where she fell in love with her Iraqi translator, now her husband. Her second book, Voicing the Eagle, is a de facto prequel to her memoirand chronicles her husband's story of being an Iraqi college student recruited off a Baghdad street to translate for U.S. forces throughout the course of the Iraq War. Amanda holds a Bachelor's Degree in Political Science and currently resides in San Diego, CA with her husband, Fahdi, and their two daughters.
Paperback: 224 pages Publisher: W & B Publishers Inc. (August 30, 2017) Language: English ISBN-10: 163554081X ISBN-13: 978-1635540819 Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches Shipping Weight: 14.1 ounces