A Season In Hell Paperback – Nov 13 2012
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About the Author
ROBERT R. FOWLER joined the Department of External Affairs in 1969 and was posted to Paris in 1971 and to the Canadian Permanent Mission to the United Nations in 1976. He returned to External Affairs headquarters in 1978 to become executive assistant to Allan Gotlieb, the under-secretary of state for External Affairs. In 1980, he was seconded to the Privy Council Office as assistant secretary to the Cabinet (Foreign and Defence Policy), where he served as foreign policy advisor to prime ministers Trudeau, Turner and Mulroney. In 1986 Mr. Fowler became assistant deputy minister (Policy) in the Department of National Defence, and then he served as deputy minister from 1989 to 1995. From 1995 to 2000 he was Canada’s longest serving ambassador to the United Nations, following which he was named ambassador to Italy and also personal representative for Africa for prime ministers Chrétien and Harper. Fowler lives in Ottawa, Ontario.
Top Customer Reviews
by Robert Fowler
Robert Fowler has written a unique account of what it is to be a captive of Al Queda. Unique, because Fowler is the highest-level representative of western governments ever to be taken by Al Queda. Also, because his background as a diplomat, senior government official and UN representative was precisely keyed to the menace of islamist terrorism; he knows his subject.
Fowler, together with his colleague Louis Guay, was sent as the official representative of the UN Secretary General to encourage peace talks between the rebel Taureg movement and the government of Niger. He soon realized that this was a 'Mission impossible' - not because the rebels were not ready to deal, but because the government of Niger was exploiting the rebel problem to maintain its hold on power.
The book explains in painful detail their treatment for four months in the Sahara desert, the motivation of his radicalized captors and the perfidious actions - as well as the heroics - of the various actors involved. Fowler `gets' the big picture, and explains it in terms that provide a wake-up call to both the threatened governments of the Sahel region and the western governments that must support them.
Many books have been written by and about kidnap victims; this victim has survived to tell the tale in terms that are alarming and informative, but in the end a credit to the best instincts of survival.
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As I have bought and given 38 copies of this book to friends and family, I think it can be assumed that I found it first rate. Read morePublished on Jan. 6 2013 by Diana Fowler LeBlanc
Harrowing account of time spent in captivity and a warning of the shifting plague of terrorism as the fanaticism spreads like a deadly virus through North Africa. Read morePublished on Nov. 25 2012 by sandra bassett
Je n'ai pas encore lu ce livre et j'ai bien hâte de le faire. Demeurant à l'extérieur, j'ai fait livré ce livre chez ma soeur et devinez... Read morePublished on May 19 2012 by Murielle
There might be one mistake depicted in one photograph, with the people not described properly as on the right or left. Read morePublished on Jan. 1 2012 by Rodney Newton
A good read. Well written . Suspenseful even though you know the end result. The interaction and sometimes lack thereof between captors and captives is very interesting. Read morePublished on Dec 26 2011 by woody