Shadow on the Mountain

Shadow on the Mountain A Yazidi Memoir of Terror, Resistance and Hope

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Shaker Jeffrey's life has been an odyssey of courage, cunning and desperation. His journey began as a fatherless Iraqi farm boy. As a child he hung out with American troops and practised his English. Soon he was helping gather information about terrorists, becoming one of the youngest combat interpreters to work for the United States government, even attracting the notice of General Petraeus.

When he was barely sixteen, ISIS overran his Yazidi community and slaughtered most of its people. He narrowly escaped to the mountains with the remnants of his community but with incredible daring, he became a valuable go-between, informing the U.S. military of the plight of the trapped Yazidis. Time and again he risked his life, going into enemy territory disguised as an ISIS fighter to mount daring rescue operations. Shaker saved over 1,000 civilians from ISIS, including hundreds of girls forced into sex slavery, although he was unable to save his own fiancée from a terrible fate.

Shaker's powerful and inspiring narrative offers a human face to the people and places caught in the crosshairs of a borderless conflict that has come to define our age.

Book information

ISBN: 9780306922831
Publisher: Little, Brown
Imprint: Da Capo Press
Pub date:
DEWEY: 956.70443092
DEWEY edition: 23
Language: English
Number of pages: 320
Weight: 534g
Height: 163mm
Width: 237mm
Spine width: 27mm