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The People Smuggler: The True Story of Ali Al Jenabi (MP3)
Written by:
Robin de Crespigny 
Read by:
Hazem Shammas 
Unabridged MP3 CD Audio Book 
Number of CDs:
13 hours 17 minutes 
MP3 size:
575 MB 
January 01 2022 
Available Date:
January 01 2022 
Age Category:
Non-fiction; Biography; Historical; History 
Bolinda audio 
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AUD$ 49.95
AUD$ 49.95

Award winning author
Australian author

Robin de Crespigny's The People Smuggler is the gripping, inspiring story of one man's escape from Saddam's Iraq to become 'the Oskar Schindler of Asia' – with an updated introduction.

Introduction and Author's Note read by the author. At once a non-fiction thriller and a moral maze, this is one man’s epic story of trying to find a safe place in the world. When Ali Al Jenabi flees Saddam Hussein’s torture chambers, he is forced to leave his family behind in Iraq. What follows is an incredible international odyssey through the shadowy world of fake passports, crowded camps and illegal border crossings, living every day with excruciating uncertainty about what the next will bring. Through betrayal, triumph, misfortune – even romance and heartbreak – Ali is sustained by his fierce love of freedom and family. Continually pushed to the limits of his endurance, eventually he must confront what he has been forced to become. With enormous power and insight, The People Smuggler tells a story of daily heroism, bringing to life the forces that drive people to put their lives in unscrupulous hands. It is an utterly gripping portrait of a man cut loose from the protections of civilisation, attempting to retain his dignity and humanity while taking whatever path he can out of an impossible position.

'Tight, powerful and extraordinarily well written. A book which glories in the strength, courage and compassion of the human spirit.'
Bruce Haigh, Canberra Times

'The most extraordinary book. It has opened my eyes in a life-changing way.’
Missy Higgins, one of Australia's most decorated singer-songwriters

‘A gripping account or one man’s determination to free himself, his family and his people … a fascinating insider’s perspective of the underbelly of a global crisis.’

‘An epic story full of dramatic reversals and cinematic cliff-hangers ... Ali emerges as an unlikely but true-blue hero: resilient, loyal to his mates and protective of those weaker than himself, canny, resourceful, unafraid of sacrifice, a man of honour.’
The Australian

‘Gripping, thrilling, humorous and epic … a story of our times.’
The West Australian

'The adventures make Les Misérables look like plain sailing. Unforgettable.'
The Guardian (UK)

'This is a story every Australian should read ... a complex mixture of love of family and a hard-edged determination to survive in a brutal, unforgiving world.'
Bruce Elder, Sydney Morning Herald