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The Terrorist's Son : A Story of Choice
by Zak Ebrahim and Zak Ebrahim


Overview - An extraordinary story, never before told: The intimate, behind-the-scenes life of an American boy raised by his terrorist father--the man who planned the 1993 World Trade Center bombing.

What is it like to grow up with a terrorist in your home?  Read more...


 
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Overview
An extraordinary story, never before told: The intimate, behind-the-scenes life of an American boy raised by his terrorist father--the man who planned the 1993 World Trade Center bombing.

What is it like to grow up with a terrorist in your home? Zak Ebrahim was only seven years old when, on November 5, 1990, his father El-Sayed Nosair shot and killed the leader of the Jewish Defense League. While in prison, Nosair helped plan the bombing of the World Trade Center in 1993. In one of his infamous video messages, Osama bin Laden urged the world to "Remember El-Sayed Nosair."

For Zak Ebrahim, a childhood amongst terrorism was all he knew. After his father's incarceration, his family moved often, and as the perpetual new kid in class, he faced constant teasing and exclusion. Yet, though his radicalized father and uncles modeled fanatical beliefs, to Ebrahim something never felt right. To the shy, awkward boy, something about the hateful feelings just felt unnatural.

In this audiobook, Ebrahim dispels the myth that terrorism is a foregone conclusion for people trained to hate. Based on his own remarkable journey, he shows that hate is always a choice--but so is tolerance. Though Ebrahim was subjected to a violent, intolerant ideology throughout his childhood, he did not become radicalized. Ebrahim argues that people conditioned to be terrorists are actually well positioned to combat terrorism, because of their ability to bring seemingly incompatible ideologies together in conversation and advocate in the fight for peace. Ebrahim argues that everyone, regardless of their upbringing or circumstances, can learn to tap into their inherent empathy and embrace tolerance over hatred. His unique, urgent message is fresh, groundbreaking, and essential to the current discussion about terrorism.

 
Details
  • ISBN-13: 9781442377363
  • ISBN-10: 1442377364
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio
  • Publish Date: September 2014
  • Dimensions: 5.8 x 5.1 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.25 pounds


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BookPage Reviews

Audio: A shattering legacy

Zak Ebrahim subtitles The Terrorist’s Son “A Story of Choice.” But children don’t get to make life-changing choices for themselves; it can take years. For Ebrahim, those years were filled with extraordinary pain and suffering, and he tells his story with rare, raw candor. His father, El-Sayyid Nosair, was the first known Islamic jihadist to take a life on American soil, and he went on to help plan the first bombing of the World Trade Center in 1993 from his cell in Attica. Ebrahim, his mother and siblings were the collateral damage of this new kind of infamy, tipped into a life of harassment and insistent poverty. Bullied by his classmates, beaten by his stepfather, Ebrahim was filled with fear, anger, self-loathing and the bigotry his father had seared into him. When he began to see the world differently, questioning dogma and blind hatred, finding empathy as a way to a better world, he finally made his choice and turned away from his father and terrorism. This is a powerful story, made even stronger by Ebrahim’s heartfelt reading.

SOMEONE IS LYING
OMG, um, hello! If you didn’t know that Tana French can get into the minds, mores and mangled, Americanized language of adolescent girls, you’ll be totally convinced when you listen to The Secret Place, read in tandem by Lara Hutchinson and Stephen Hogan with the perfect range of Irish accents. French, also a master of complex whodunits, has crafted a doozy. When Holly Mackey (Faithful Place, 2010) brings a note saying “I know who killed him” to Detective Moran, stuck unhappily working cold cases, it reopens the investigation of a super-popular 16-year-old boy’s brutal murder at St. Kilda’s, a posh Dublin girl’s school. Teamed up with tough, gritty Antoinette Conway from the Murder Squad, Moran spends one intense day sorting through the lies, loyalties, rivalries and confusion of two tight, contentious cliques of girls. Moran’s take alternates with a year of flashbacks filtered through Holly and her three mates’ eyes and rapidly changing teenage psyches. Bravo, if you find the “who” before the denouement.

TOP PICK IN AUDIO
Hilary Mantel won two Man Booker prizes—the only woman ever to do so—for her first two extraordinary novels about Thomas Cromwell and the Tudor court. She’s still working on the last book of the trilogy, so maybe to take a break or to keep her fans from rioting, she has published a collection of short stories. The Assassination of Margaret Thatcher is titled for its longest, wittiest and most controversial tale, which took her 30 years to complete. Many of these dark, quirky stories are told in the first person by dysfunctional people navigating life’s treacheries with impaired insight into themselves and their situations. Some stories seem to come, in part, from Mantel’s own experiences as wife and writer. Whatever the setting, her impeccable narrative style, unsparing eye and scalpel-sharp humor put each experience and each character in fine focus. Jane Carr’s exemplary reading only adds to it all.

 

This article was originally published in the November 2014 issue of BookPage. Download the entire issue for the Kindle or Nook.

 
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