Full Circle – Escape From Baghdad and the Return
Author: Saul Silas Fathi
Reviewer: Bill McDonald – President of the MWSA
One of a Kind Autobiography!
You will never in your life read another book quite like this one, by Jewish author and US Army veteran, Saul Silas Fathi. His autobiography, “Full Circle – Escape from Baghdad and the Return” takes the reader to places and events that one may only get to know about from small glimpses on The History Channel or in some old National Geographic Magazines. This guy has lived a life that would make a great movie.
He was born into a well to do Jewish family in Baghdad in 1938, which in that part of the world presented some very real dangers. The book shares with us his early years and how he was smuggled out of Iraq at 10 years of age and eventually ended up in Israel. He studied at the Israel Air Force Academy of Aeronautics and then worked his way to South America. This long out of the way journey eventually takes the author to New York to study where he ends up joining the US Army and was shipped off to Korea to join up with the First Cavalry Division. The book goes on to chronicle his exploits and personal adventures including becoming a top level executive for several large high-tech companies.
His book deals with having his family being falsely accused of treason against the Iraqi government and of being labeled a Zionist and Communist. Those labels alone were more than enough to cause them to be concerned for their safety, in addition to just being a Jew in a Muslim country.
This book deals with the hardships and persecution that this Jewish man faced in his lifetime. In the face of all that the author lived through and what he learned about life, his personal outlook and drive to succeed are a real tribute to his inner strength and character. Reading this book will inspire you and entertain you as well. The author has lived a full life and his book allows you to experience it through his memories.