Khorramshahr, Iran, May 1982 It was the bloodiest battle of one of the most brutal wars of the twentieth century, and Najah, a twenty nine year old wounded Iraqi conscript, was face to face with a thirteen year old Iranian child soldier who was ordered to kill him Instead, the boy committed an astonishing act of mercy It was an act that decades later would save his own lKhorramshahr, Iran, May 1982 It was the bloodiest battle of one of the most brutal wars of the twentieth century, and Najah, a twenty nine year old wounded Iraqi conscript, was face to face with a thirteen year old Iranian child soldier who was ordered to kill him Instead, the boy committed an astonishing act of mercy It was an act that decades later would save his own life.This is a remarkable story It is gut wrenching, essential, and astonishing It s a war story A love story A page turner of vast moral dimensions An eloquent and haunting act of witness to horrors beyond grimmest fiction, and a thing of towering beauty More importantly, it is a story that must be told, and a richly textured view into an overlooked conflict and misunderstood region This is the great untold story of the children and young men whose lives were sacrificed at the whim of vicious dictators and pointless, barbaric wars Little has been written of the Iran Iraq war, which was among the most brutal conflicts of the twentieth century, one fought with chemical weapons, ballistic missiles, and cadres of child soldiers The numbers involved are staggering All told, it claimed 700,000 lives 200,000 Iraqis, and 500,000 Iranians Young men of military service age eighteen and above in Iraq, fifteen and above in Iran died in the greatest numbers 80,000 Iranian child soldiers were killed, mostly between the ages of sixteen and seventeen The
I Who Did Not Die Khorramshahr Iran May It was the bloodiest battle of one of the most brutal wars of the twentieth century and Najah a twenty nine year old wounded Iraqi conscript was face to face with a thi
My words won t do this book justice Read it, be prepared to be sickened by what we humans do to each other but uplifted by the resilience and hope these two men radiate An incredibly well written account of the atrocities of war and the redemptive power of forgiveness Wish I was a history teacher if only to make this book required reading.
This memoir tells the story of two men one Iranian, one Iraqi It starts with their childhoods and lives in better times before the Iran Iraq war Zahed Iraqi joined the Basij paramilitary at just 13 to escape an abusive father and try to find the family he didn t have at home Najah Iranian came from a typical middle class family with good memories He didn t join voluntarily, but was conscripted at 18.So much is covered in this story, their immediate family, how their lives were affected and some [...]
Amazing story of two men who meet as strangers and potential enemies during the Iran Iraq War, one at the mercy of the other Written in the first person by both men in alternating chapters which takes a little getting used to, but you feel as they are talking directly to you about the horrific things that happened to them at the hands of demonically inspired men and the tender mercies as well Read and be inspired by their spirit to endure and by their bond of brotherly love.
I, Who Did Not Die is an epic story that surpasses the test of time Truly, an amazing and perilous journey of two soldiers whose crossroads led to one another It was an easy and attention grabbing book that delivered real accounts that were mind blowing in nature It sounded like it was fictitious however these were the actual events of a war that was fought for naught.
Such a haunting tale I couldn t put it down and certainly felt the pain, anger, happiness, and hope that these two men experienced I ll forever have this book in my mind Certainly a favorite.
Never have I read such a harrowing book what these two men went through and survived will haunt me for a long time The description of their meeting at the end of the book brought me to tears.
Wonderfully moving and very well written The story is both heartbreaking and inspiring also learned a great deal about the Iran Iraq war.
I was sad to close the book because I wanted to stay with these two characters I miss them.
I could not put this book down
Extraordinary page turnerAn unbelievable story of humans indomitable spirit that seeks to survive despite the chaos and brutality they are immersed in.What makes this book singularly compelling is that it tells the story of two men as fully fleshed out individuals with stories about their families, their first loves, their school days, and how they had to endure a winding path through a violent conflict that was not something they either one believed in, cared about, or even wanted to participat [...]
Autobiographies of 2 Iran Iraq war veterans one is Iraqi, one Iranian The war starts in 1982 and ends in 1988 Both men are the oldest son in a big family and both drop out of school Zahed is a 12 year old boy soldier for Iran Najah is a conscripted ex soldier with a thriving falafel joint in Basra, Iraq Neither soldier is particularly political or religious, but they love the smell of their city and the sound of their own language Iran as Persia had been fighting Iraq as the Ottoman Empire for c [...]
It is a book about life and death, about how our choices influence our path and the path of others It describes the horrific cruelties which are happening in wars, and how to survive and be happy even after life has taken all from you, but mainly, it is about what it means to be human, kind and compassionate It is an enjoyable book, and the fact that this is a story of two real men, makes it captivating and interesting.
I read the hardcover, but this is the only choice that came up when I wanted review it.The story of two soldiers, one Iraqi and one Iranian, whose paths crossed during the Iran Iraq war Well written page turner Good coverage of the politics from an average soldier s perspective And the ending is incredible And it s a true story.
Wonderful book an account of two men, from opposite sides of the the Iran Iraq war, who meet and later meet again, each saving the other s life Their stories give a picture of this conflict, their societies Very compelling Their stories make the conflict real for me, importantly the power of men to survive Hard to say enough about this wonderful book.
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