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The People Smuggler : The True Story of Ali Al Jenabi, the 'Oskar Schindler of Asia' - Robin de Crespigny

The People Smuggler

The True Story of Ali Al Jenabi, the 'Oskar Schindler of Asia'

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Published: 26th April 2012
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Winner of the Queensland Literary Awards 2012 - Non-Fiction

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The True Story of Ali Al Jenabi, the 'Oskar Schlindler of Asia. 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 shadow 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 so many 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.

'An engrossing account of a figure seen by some as saviour and others as criminal. A significant book.' Thomas Keneally

About the Author

Robin de Crespigny has spent three years working with Ali Al Jenabi to write his story. She is a film maker and lives in Sydney. This is her first book.

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    5.0

    Fantastic Reading

    By Annette

    from Sydney AU

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      Comments about The People Smuggler:

      Opens your eyes to the experiences of people less fortunate than yourself.
      May change your views of refugees.
      Helps you to understand why people become refugees.

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      4.0

      Real eye opener to refugee's plight

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      from Perth, AU

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        Comments about The People Smuggler:

        An amazing true account and real eye opener to the true plight of one brave man, among many Iraqi's, who were looking to escape Saddam Hussein's murderous rule.

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        5.0

        Essential reading

        By Interested

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            Gives a great insight into the plight of refugees and those unfortunate enough to have been born in war torn countries, people smuggling from Indonesia and also the Australian governments and AFP approach

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            4.0

            The reality behind people smuggling

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              Comments about The People Smuggler:

              Not only is The People Smuggler very well written, it contains some really relevant and interesting facts about Ali's travails. It displays both insight and empathy into Ali's inner turmoils and personal growth over the years. Its value is to humanise his role as a people smuggler, which most of us had hitherto demonised.

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              5.0

              Brilliant, informative, essential

              By Wusasa

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                Comments about The People Smuggler:

                I purchased the book having heard the author speak about it at a meeting. I found it informative, particularly in the political environment we currently live in regarding people smuggling. The book provided a deeper and broader understanding of life for these people and I intend to pass the book to others for them to gain a better understanding as well. Very much worth the read.

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                The service was excellent ... pricing excellent. Book arrived promptly in good condition. Thank you

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                5.0

                A Must Read for all Austrlians

                By Lou

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                  A brilliant book - it is a must read for all Australian's.

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                  'An engrossing account of a figure seen by some as saviour and others as criminal. A significant book.' - Thomas Keneally

                  ISBN: 9780670076550
                  ISBN-10: 0670076554
                  Audience: General
                  For Ages: 11 - 19 years old
                  For Grades: 7 - 9
                  Format: Paperback
                  Language: English
                  Number Of Pages: 368
                  Published: 26th April 2012
                  Dimensions (cm): 23.0 x 15.5  x 2.9
                  Weight (kg): 23.0
                  Edition Number: 1