A Season In Hell

Hardcover | November 8, 2011

byRobert Fowler

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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 civilizations.

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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 Loui...

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 s...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:368 pages, 9.41 × 7.24 × 1 inPublished:November 8, 2011Publisher:HarperCollins Publishers Ltd.Language:English

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ISBN - 13:9781443402040

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Important read Tremendously well written. Very informative.
Date published: 2013-07-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A thrilling page turner!! A Season in Hell is a real life, terrifying adventure story, one of personal courage and determination. Despite knowing the final outcome, Fowler transports you into the complicated and complex world of Al Qaeda, leaving you riveted from start to finish!!!
Date published: 2011-11-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of the best non-fiction books of the year. This book is Robert Fowler’s account of the 130 days he and Louis Guay spent in the Sahara as captives of Al Qaeda. It is a gripping tale of physical and psychological survival in the grimmest and bleakest conditions. It is also a fascinating, yet chilling, account, based on Fowler’s conversations with his captors, of what makes the Al Qaeda foot soldier tick. I highly recommend it. You will not be able to put it down.
Date published: 2011-11-21
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Absolute Trash Save your hard earned money and buy a decent book. To me it sounded like a lot of exaggeration and bluster. It appears this Fowler has the ego the size of a house.
Date published: 2011-11-04

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?What a remarkable book this is. The writing is clear, compelling, visceral. The analysis is formidable. The story leaves you gasping. Bob Fowler spares nothing: not himself, not Al Qaeda, not the Canadian response from the RCMP to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. It?s been eons since I?ve read a work of non-fiction where every page grabs your heart or your head or both. It?s an autobiographical tour de force.? - Stephen Lewis ()