Blood and sand: life, death and survival in an age of global terror

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Bantam, Jan 1, 2006 - Biography & Autobiography - 383 pages
On 6 June 2004, Frank Gardner and cameraman, Simon Cumbers, were in a quiet suburb of Riyadh, fact finding for a piece on Al Qaeda when they were confronted by Islamic terrorists. Simon was executed with a single shot. Frank was brought down by a shot in the leg and then the shoulder. A man then stood over him and proceeded to pump 5 bullets into him at point blank range...That Frank Gardner lived to tell this story is the most miraculous element in Blood and Sand - and first and foremost, this tells the story of the long, agonising and literally life-shattering journey he's taken from being left for dead in a dusty Riyadh street to the position he finds himself in today: paralyzed, wheelchair-bound...but alive and back at work at the BBC. But he also recalls the journeys that shaped his obsession with the Arab world. It all began with a chance meeting with Wilfred Thesiger when he was a teenager and led on to reading Arabic Studies at university, learning the language, living in Egypt - in the Cairo slums and with the Bedouin in Wadi Rum - before starting work in the Middle East as a banker. But the world of finance wasn't for him and journalism beckoned, bringing him to the attention of the BBC. And so began another, universally alarming journey: his pursuit of Al -Qaeda, and how this has taken him all over the world and continues to dominate his working life.Blood & Sand is a powerful, haunting account of survival against all the odds, of over-coming adversity, of determination to pick up the pieces and carry on. It also paints a fascinating and perceptive insider's portrait of what remains - for all that has happened post 9/11 - an elusive, and for many alarming, world, and of the part in it that Frank has himself played (and continues to do so).

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An amazing and passionate book about arab culture and Frank Gardners love for travel, despite Franks horrific experience at the hands of an unrepresentative group of attackers this book will make you ... Read full review


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