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Son of Hamas: A Gripping Account of Terror, Betrayal, Political Intrigue, and Unthinkable Choices [Audiobook, CD, Unabridged] [Audio CD]

Mosab Hassan Yousef , Ron Brackin
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March 2 2010
Since he was a small boy, Mosab Hassan Yousef has had an inside view of the deadly terrorist group Hamas. The oldest son of Sheikh Hassan Yousef, a founding member of Hamas and its most popular leader, young Mosab assisted his father for years in his political activities while being groomed to assume his legacy, politics, status . . . and power. But everything changed when Mosab turned away from terror and violence, and embraced instead the teachings of another famous Middle East leader. In Son of Hamas, Mosab Yousef—now called “Joseph”—reveals new information about the world’s most dangerous terrorist organization and unveils the truth about his own role, his agonizing separation from family and homeland, the dangerous decision to make his newfound faith public, and his belief that the Christian mandate to “love your enemies” is the only way to peace in the Middle East.

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Yousef is the son of a founding leader of Hamas, internationally recognized as a terrorist organization responsible for countless suicide bombings and other deadly attacks against Israel. Yousef started a 6 year quest that jeopardized Hamas, endangered his family, and threatened his life. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


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5.0 out of 5 stars Son of Hamas March 5 2010
Format:Hardcover
Irrespective of religious preference or appearances on national television programs this book was an excellent read that kept me up late into the night longing for more.

A definite page-turner!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A good choice March 19 2010
Format:Hardcover
This book is written in a colloquial and involving language. It is full of captivating experiences, and easy to read and understand. I have read a lot of books on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, but none like this. It really helped me understand the root causes of this conflict and see it from a perspective I had never seen. Very good book and very good choice for those who read it!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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Book review of Son of Hamas by Mosab Hassan Yousef

A compelling story of one man’s journey from the political intrigues of the West Bank, from a warm and loving family with an inspiring father into the loving arms of the Father. How a man left all that he knew to become a spy working undercover for Shin Bet, an Israeli intelligence service, all the while acting as his father’s driver, companion, bodyguard, the father who was intimately involved with the terrorist organization Hamas.
Yousef describes his life from the days when as a boy his father was imprisoned and tortured by Israeli intelligence as they tried to get into the heart of the terror organization that was increasingly striking fear into the heart of all Israel.
Yousef, the oldest son of Sheikh Hassan Yousef, one of the seven founders of Hamas, opens the story with the tale of how he was arrested for the first time and then provides the historical and religious background to help contextualize the convoluted, spinning history of the last part of the twentieth century in the Middle East.
Sheikh is presented as being a truly rare soul; a man totally dedicated to the welfare of his people through the exercise of his faith. Since they share their names, I will refer to the father as “Sheikh” and the son by “Yousef”. The Sheikh came to live in the West Bank following in the footsteps of his own father who had also led his own community to serve Allah. Sheikh dedicated himself to the life of a devout Muslim, even though there was precious little support for him at first. Yousef grew up being totally in awe of his father, wanting to be just like him.
But, as he grew up in the West Bank, he also saw the draconian severity of the Israeli military suppressing his people and grew to hate them.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Eye Opener Feb. 4 2011
By William L. Fahrner TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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Excellent book from the son of one of the founders of the terrorists group Hamas. You will also learn about the Muslim Brotherhood which is behind the protests and overthrow of the Egyptian government today. They first tried this in 1948 only to be sidelined by Israel becoming a state.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Engaging, informative and enlightening. Sept. 2 2014
By Russell
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Son of Hamas gives an insiders perspective on the complex ongoing conflict in Israel's West Bank. By reading it, my understanding of the conflict is enriched as well as my empathy for individuals on both sides. Moseb Hassan Yousef's writing draws the reader in and makes him/her identify personally with the characters involved. He tells this true story in a candid, yet personal and very engaging way. I highly recommend this read for anyone who enjoys a well-told true action story, and anyone who is trying to make sense of events taking place in the Middle East.
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This was excellent. It really shed light on the everyday life & tension between Israel & the Palestinian people - what continues to fuel the conflict. It confirms that the choices made by Palestinian leadership keep the people of Gaza hostage with no real knowledge of the freedom they are being denied. But there is yet hope through Jesus Christ who came set "set the captive free" both spiritually & physically.
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This story offers an inedible look into some very complicated issues. Mosab's story gives you a perspective into the Israeli-Palestinian conflict one could never gain by reading the news. His 'in the trenches' viewpoint offers a solution to the conflict few would discuss yet might be the way forward. His life also shows the incredible cost many people around the world will need to pay in order to follow Jesus.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hamas in the Crossfire Aug. 29 2014
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A must read for anyone who is really interested in how things REALLY work in the Middle East. I was riveted by the gripping story of a boy raised in the atmosphere of privilege yet had a will to think through what was really happening and to act on what he felt was right in spite of his upbringing. He loved his family and his father in particular and it is a bittersweet tale indeed.
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Most recent customer reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read.
This book reads like a Ludlum novel and sheds invaluable insight into the nature of the conflict in the middle east.
Published 24 days ago by jack hackel
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Exciting, straight forward account of the Hamas operation in Gaza
Published 1 month ago by Miss P. Dover
5.0 out of 5 stars The book was thrilling, enthralling, gut-wrenching, pervasive ...
The book was thrilling,enthralling,gut-wrenching,pervasive and disturbing. I could not stop reading until i finished.
Published 1 month ago by Sharon Murphy
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
amazing, epic, enjoyed every word!!
Published 2 months ago by Rachel
5.0 out of 5 stars A must read! Every one of us needs to ...
A must read! Every one of us needs to understand the intent of the Hamas and the challenge they and their brother organizations present to democracy in the the Middle East and the... Read more
Published 2 months ago by JoJo
5.0 out of 5 stars Truly an amazing book. It shows what can happen when we ...
Truly an amazing book. It shows what can happen when we remove the eye for an eye factor in the relationship between Israel and the Palestinians, or for that matter through out... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Lone Breeze
5.0 out of 5 stars A+
Very informative; very gutsy. The book has an insider's point of view that you won't find anywhere in the MSM.

Well worth reading.
Published 8 months ago by Rocky7
5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping indeed!
An excellent account of the real situation / conflict. I look forward to PEACE among the two races living together as brothers rather then perishing together as fools, as a... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Premila
5.0 out of 5 stars Reads like a James Bond novel and describes practical solutions for...
Mosab's riveting and entertaining book does a brilliant job of clarifying the problems and solutions for peace between Israel and the Arab world. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Greg Beckett
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