Fahim Speaks by Fahim Fazli
A Warrior-Actor's Odyssey from Afghanistan to Hollywood and Back

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The earnest decency of both writers' admirable values—which are frequently interjected throughout—leaches away the power of the author's story by telling, not showing, the fervent and heartfelt love an immigrant can have for his homeland and his adopted country in times of war and peace.
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Fahim Fazli is a man of two worlds: Afghanistan, the country of his birth, and America, the nation he adopted and learned to love. He’s also a man who escaped oppression, found his dream profession, and then paid it forward by returning to Afghanistan as an interpreter with the US. Marines. When Fahim speaks, the story he tells is harrowing, fascinating, and inspiring. Born and raised in Kabul, Fahim saw his country and family torn apart by revolution and civil war. Dodging Afghan authorities and informers with his father and brother, Fahim made his way across the border to Pakistan and then to America. After reuniting with his mother, sisters, and one brother, he moved to California with dreams of an acting career. After fifteen turbulent years that included two unsuccessful arranged marriages to Afghan brides, he finally qualified for membership in the Screen Actors Guild—and found true American love. Though Fahim’s California life was happy and rewarding, he kept thinking about the battlefields of Afghanistan. Haunted by a desire to serve his adopted country, he became a combat linguist. While other interpreters opted for safe assignments, Fahim chose one of the most dangerous: working with the Leathernecks in embattled Helmand Province, where his outgoing personality and deep cultural understanding made him a favorite of both marines and local Afghans—and a pariah to the Taliban, who put a price on his head. Fahim Speaks is an inspiring story of perseverance and patriotism—and of the special love that one man developed for his adopted country.
 

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FAHIM FAZLI was born and raised in Kabul, Afghanistan. He fled the chaos of his homeland in 1983 and eventually came to the United States as a refugee. After moving to California, he worked in a variety of occupations before becoming a member of the Screen Actors Guild in 2003. He left his acting work from 2009-10 to return to Afghanistan as a linguist with the United States Marines. Now residing in California, he and his wife Amy have one daughter, Sophia. MICHAEL MOFFETT is a professor, writer, and reserve Marine Corps infantry officer who served in Operation Desert Storm before returning to active duty with United States Central Command after the 9/11 attacks for the beginning of Operation Enduring Freedom in 2001. LtCol Moffett again returned to active duty with the Marines in 2010 as a field historian for Marine Corps University to document USMC efforts in Afghanistan, again, as part of Operation Enduring Freedom. A native Granite Stater, Professor Moffett teaches at New Hampshire Technical Institute and writes a column for the Weirs Times.
 
Published April 2, 2013 by Warriors Publishing Group. 220 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, War, History, Humor & Entertainment, Travel. Non-fiction
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on Jul 08 2013

The earnest decency of both writers' admirable values—which are frequently interjected throughout—leaches away the power of the author's story by telling, not showing, the fervent and heartfelt love an immigrant can have for his homeland and his adopted country in times of war and peace.

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