I Was Told to Come Alone

  • by Souad Mekhennet
  • Narrated by Kirsten Potter
  • 11 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

For her whole life, Souad Mekhennet, a reporter for the Washington Post who was born and educated in Germany, has had to balance the two sides of her upbringing - Muslim and Western. She has also sought to provide a mediating voice between these cultures, which too often misunderstand each other.
In this compelling and evocative memoir, we accompany Mekhennet as she journeys behind the lines of jihad, starting in the German neighborhoods where the 9/11 plotters were radicalized and the Iraqi neighborhoods where Sunnis and Shia turned against one another, and culminating on the Turkish/Syrian border region where ISIS is a daily presence. In her travels across the Middle East and North Africa, she documents her chilling run-ins with various intelligence services and shows why the Arab Spring never lived up to its promise. She then returns to Europe, first in London, where she uncovers the identity of the notorious ISIS executioner "Jihadi John", and then in France, Belgium, and her native Germany, where terror has come to the heart of Western civilization.
Souad Mekhennet is an ideal guide to introduce us to the human beings behind the ominous headlines as she shares her transformative journey with us. Hers is a story you will not soon forget.


What the Critics Say

"The thrilling narrative brings up critical, persuasive insights while trying to answer the questions of where terrorism comes from and why it's so difficult to eradicate." (Library Journal)


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Customer Reviews

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Wonderfully written and intriguing!

This book is truly amazing, and the fact that it's a true story makes it even better. Souad Mekhennet brings her personal story to the narrative of how Islam is shifting and changing cultures across the globe. It opened my eyes to the West's role in this, and reminded me that every deed, both good and bad, wise and unwise, has both short and long-term consequences. I loved it.
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Almost perfect

Souad Mekhennet’s story is powerful, and her storytelling is masterful. Kristen Potter does a marvelous job narrating, but so much of this story is about identity and language, I missed Mekhennet’s accented English and rhythms.
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- Bridget Blinn-Spears

Book Details

  • Release Date: 06-14-2017
  • Publisher: Tantor Audio