For decades, Robert R. Fowler was a dominant force in Canadian
foreign affairs. In one heart-stopping minute, all of that changed.
On December 14, 2008, Fowler, acting as the UN Secretary General''s
Special Envoy to Niger, was kidnapped by Al Qaeda, becoming the
highest ranked UN official ever held captive. Along with his
colleague Louis Guay, Fowler lived, slept and ate with his captors
for nearly five months, gaining rare first-hand insight into the
motivations of the world''s most feared terror group. Fowler''s
capture, release and subsequent appearances have helped shed new
light on foreign policy and security issues as we enter the second
decade of the "War on Terror."
A Season in Hell is Fowler''s compelling story of his
captivity, told in his own words, but it''s also a startlingly
frank discussion about the state of a world redefined by clashing