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An American Family is an intensely personal story about the nature of true patriotism and what it's like to risk everything you know for the promise of a 226-year-old piece of parchment. As Khizr Khan traces his remarkable journey - from humble beginnings on a poultry farm in Pakistan to obtaining a degree from Harvard Law School and raising a family in America - he shows what it means to leave the limitations of one's country behind for the best values and promises of another. He also tells the story of the Khans' middle child, US Army Captain Humayun Khan, who was killed while protecting his base camp in Iraq, and the ways in which their undying pride in him and his sacrifice have helped them endure the deepest despair a parent can know.
The book is a stark depiction of what an American looks like, what being a nation of immigrants really means, and what it is to live - rather than simply to pay lip service to - our ideals.
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By Mark on 04-16-18
Inspirational immigrant memoir
I enjoyed this memoir of a Muslim immigrant from Pakistan. It is read by the author. Khizr Khan is a true American success story. He came to America with nothing and became a great success through hard work and education. The start of this book was a little slow. His childhood in Pakistan did not especially come alive, and the slow reading of the author took some getting used to. As Khan grew older, and attended university and law school in Pakistan, the book became more personal and engaging. This is one man's story, and a good one. He became well known as the Gold Star parent singled out by Hillary Clinton in the Democratic Convention. This story, though, is about the American dream. While the patriotic references are a little too repetitive at times, I still found myself inspired by Khan's Khan's life and his love of his country.
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By Raleigh on 12-10-17
a true american
? did you happen to watch the 2016 democratic convention
? do you want to know more about khizr khan and his wife
? do they have beliefs that other americans seem to have lost or forgotten
this humble and sincere audiobook eloquently tells their heroic story
from pakistan to dubai to houston to boston to DC to charlottesville
the khan's sacrifice and diligence were built on a belief in america's promise
mr. khan's deliberate and accented narration only adds to the story's authenticity
at least half a dozen times, i had to pause the text as i was on the verge of tears
the khan's are simply truer and better americans than our current political leaders
2 of 2 people found this review helpful