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Soldier for a Summer: One Man's Journey from Dublin to the Frontline of the Libyan Uprising


Soldier for a Summer: One Man's Journey from Dublin to the Frontline of the Libyan Uprising

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    Sam Najjair(Author)

Housam 'Sam' Najjair was born in Dublin to an Irish mother and a Libyan father. In June 2011, as his father's home country was being torn apart by civil war, he left Ireland on a one-way ticket to Tunisia, crossing into war-torn Libya, to join the uprising against the dictator Gaddafi.
Soldier for a Summer charts his journey - from his arrival into Libya to training in the Western Mountains for twelve weeks before advancing on Tripoli. On 20 August 2011, Sam and the now famous Tripoli Brigade - a unit of the National Liberation Army of Libya - were the first revolutionaries to enter the city, and subsequently secure it and Martyrs' Square.
From meeting representatives of NATO to covert operatives, arms deals, the death of his close friend and colleague, safe-houses and a captured girl sniper, this is the astounding story of how a young Irish-Libyan revolutionary became a battlefield commander of a unit of the National Liberation Army of Libya - an unforgettable account of a single season that liberated a country and transformed a young man.

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  • PDF | 304 pages
  • Sam Najjair(Author)
  • Hachette Books Ireland (2 Sept. 2013)
  • English
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  • Biography

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  • By Guest on 11 November 2015

    I honestly do not know what to make of this book. I heard Sam Najjair being interviewed twice on Irish National Radio, and was very impressed by him. He came across as a brave man, and very clear and articulate. When I heard he had written a book about his experiences I simply had to read it.To put it simply, the man I heard on the radio, and the person he portrays himself as in his book appear to be two different people. The former is calm, clear headed, c Earlyompassionate. The latter seems to have a very high opinion of himself - He appears to excel in everything (militarily) he turns his hand to.He is a great sniper, crack shot, superb high speed driver, mechanically proficient every which way. He is a leader of men and a skilled interrogator of prisoners. He gains the trust and admiration of all (allies) he comes in contact with. And all this from his own mouth!It really is a bit hard to take.Then there are the inconsistencies. Early in the book he refuses point blank to lend his beloved sniper rifle to be used for a training session ( He does not want the delicate calibration settings compromised ). Not long after he uses the stock of self same rifle to smash the concrete holding a window grill in place.When the keys to two SUVs are lost, he tries to smash the windows so they can "hot wire" them. I dont think its possible to hot wire a modern vehicle, they have engine immobilisers.I could go on.Having said all that, I watched teo France 24 docs online, coveriing the liberation of Tripoli and the Sam Najair I saw there was more in keeping with his radio persona, and the French film crew semmed to rate him highly.So there. Sam Najjair, undoubtedly a very brave and commited man, its just a shame about the book,j

  • By emmet fahy on 13 June 2017

    Pure propaganda. Totally unreliable.

  • By Sdhaimish on 28 September 2013

    Soldier For A Summer moves at a fast pace through intense events, but still manages to draw attention to significant moments in the historical revolution. It is a well-constructed homage to the rest of the Tripoli Brigade. Najjair never fails to mention the supreme efforts from his comrades, nor does he take credit for the selflessness of those who fought against Gaddafi.Many onlookers to the revolution witnessed television reports, images and videos circulating social media. To hear a soldier's account is such extraordinary circumstances shines a new light on the summer of 2011. The heat and exhaustion soldiers were faced with is brutally depicted, but their will to sacrifice t is left unaffected by the blistering conditions, allowing them to successfully liberate the country from Gaddafi's grip.Resemblances can be drawn to classical novels such as Laurie Lee's `A Moment Of War' and George Orwell's `Homage To Catalonia', set in the Spanish Civil War, where both men voluntarily embark on a war-ridden journey to fight for a cause. There is no doubt Soldier For A Summer is fundamentally more personal, but all three stories express mans bravery to voluntary fight for a foreign cause.Following the Libyan revolution, Najjair and Mahdi al-Harati went to Syria in the summer of 2012 and established a new brigade - the Liwaa al-Umma (Banner of the Nation). But as he says himself, that's another story for another time.

  • By Kerry Gallagher on 26 September 2013

    I recently bought this book after it being recommended to me by a friend, I was unsure if it would be to my liking as it is not my usual reading material, however I was pleasantly suprised with this amazing memoir of a fellow Irishman's journey to an extraordinary and surreal war torn Libya. What struck me most was his personal account of his own story before, during and after the revolution, told in an honest and and genuine manner.This book is not directed at a homogenous audience. It is a story for all, no matter what their political or religious background may be, and I just hope in this era we live in, where people are drowned in information, that they might take it out of their time away from the fiction and science fiction to read about a true modern day account of the real happenings in today's world.Five stars from me....

  • By reecekp on 4 January 2014

    After having seen Sam, and the Tripoli Brigade, on the France24 Documentary about the Liberation of Tripoli, I was excited to Sam's in-depth account of those events, among others. The book did not disappoint. It is an excellent, and very thought provoking read. Lots of passion has gone into it. It reads as being written by a human being, which is the highest compliment I can give. I found myself drawn to Sam's experiences in the Nafusa mountains, at the beginning of the journey. This is where the Tripoli Brigade was essentially forged in a baptism of fire and some politics.His experiences, as coming from two different worlds makes Sam a true citizen of the World. My greatest hope is that he is able to see his little daughter Layla as much as he wants :)

  • By Bronwen Griffiths on 21 October 2013

    This probably isn't the sort of book I'd usually read but I was recommended it and found it to be an really honest account of being a soldier against Gaddafi in the Libyan Revolution of 2011. It was well written and I was never bored. In fact I read it almost in one sitting. I liked the fact that Sam didn't shy away from the more difficult aspects of his role and how his frustrations sometimes spilled out. The account also helps in an understanding of what is happening in Libya today.

  • By PeterR on 20 September 2013

    I first heard of Sam Najjair through an article in the Irish Times. I was hoping that he would live to tell his story of the war and here it is, warts and all.This is no holes barred account of what the author's experiences were during the conflict. What amazed me was how honest the author was about himself and what he had to deal with every day. Despite some terrible moments in his story of the fighting, Mr. Najjair manages to weave a sense of humour into his book, which only someone from Dublin could.To my mind definitely worth five stars.

  • By Guest on 16 October 2014

    Well done Sam. I'm a big fan.

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