Call Me American

Call Me American

A Memoir

Book - 2018 | First edition.
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Abdi Nor Iftin first fell in love with America from afar. As a child, he learned English by listening to American pop artists like Michael Jackson and watching films starring action heroes like Arnold Schwarzenegger. When U.S. marines landed in Mogadishu to take on the warlords, Abdi cheered the arrival of these real Americans, who seemed as heroic as those of the movies. Sporting American clothes and dance moves, he became known around Mogadishu as Abdi American, but when the radical Islamist group al-Shabaab rose to power in 2006, it suddenly became dangerous to celebrate Western culture. Desperate to make a living, Abdi used his language skills to post secret dispatches to NPR and the Internet, which found an audience of worldwide listeners. But as life in Somalia grew more dangerous, Abdi was left with no choice but to flee to Kenya as a refugee. In an amazing stroke of luck, Abdi won entrance to the U.S. in the annual visa lottery, though his route to America was filled with twists and turns and a harrowing sequence of events that nearly stranded him in Nairobi. Now a proud resident of Maine and on the path to citizenship, Abdi Nor Iftin's dramatic, deeply stirring memoir is truly a story for our time: a vivid reminder of why western democracies still beckon to those looking to make a better life.
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2018.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780525433026
Characteristics: 310 pages ; 22 cm
Additional Contributors: Alexander, Max 1957-- Author


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Nov 14, 2019

I saw Abdi Iftin speak at the Boston Book Festival, was intrigued to read his book. He lives a life in terror much of the time but throughout it all he manages to stay positive. Even though it takes him years, he manages to keep jumping hurdles to achieve his dreams. Abdi is an amazing person and a wonderful example of how immigrants can continue to enrich our country as they have since the beginning. How terrible our current pres demonizes the immigrant population. He is wrong and so short sighted which makes people lives terrible all over again and causes them to live in fear. Three cheers for Abdi, I imagine he will be Pres of Somalia one day!

Jun 11, 2019

This is a tremendous book. I noticed a low rating, well it deserves much higher. Intriguing story, information most of us Americans really don’t know and it’s hard to even fathom what people in war torn parts of the world deal with daily. An incredible story About young man’s ability to persevere and succeed. A Great Discussion for my book club.


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