The Terrorist's Son: A Story of Choice

The Terrorist s Son A Story of Choice An extraordinary story never before told The intimate behind the scenes life of an American boy raised by his terrorist father the man who planned the World Trade Center bombing What is it like

  • Title: The Terrorist's Son: A Story of Choice
  • Author: Zak Ebrahim
  • ISBN: 9781476784809
  • Page: 120
  • Format: Hardcover
  • An extraordinary story, never before told The intimate, behind the scenes life of an American boy raised by his terrorist father the man who planned the 1993 World Trade Center bombing.What is it like to grow up with a terrorist in your home Zak Ebrahim was only seven years old when, on November 5th, 1990, his father El Sayyid Nosair shot and killed the leader of the JewAn extraordinary story, never before told The intimate, behind the scenes life of an American boy raised by his terrorist father the man who planned the 1993 World Trade Center bombing.What is it like to grow up with a terrorist in your home Zak Ebrahim was only seven years old when, on November 5th, 1990, his father El Sayyid Nosair shot and killed the leader of the Jewish Defense League While in prison, Nosair helped plan the bombing of the World Trade Center in 1993 In one of his infamous video messages, Osama bin Laden urged the world to Remember El Sayyid Nosair For Zak Ebrahim, a childhood amongst terrorism was all he knew After his father s incarceration, his family moved often, and as the perpetual new kid in class, he faced constant teasing and exclusion Yet, though his radicalized father and uncles modeled fanatical beliefs, to Ebrahim something never felt right To the shy, awkward boy, something about the hateful feelings just felt unnatural.In this book, Ebrahim dispels the myth that terrorism is a foregone conclusion for people trained to hate Based on his own remarkable journey, he shows that hate is always a choice but so is tolerance Though Ebrahim was subjected to a violent, intolerant ideology throughout his childhood, he did not become radicalized Ebrahim argues that people conditioned to be terrorists are actually well positioned to combat terrorism, because of their ability to bring seemingly incompatible ideologies together in conversation and advocate in the fight for peace Ebrahim argues that everyone, regardless of their upbringing or circumstances, can learn to tap into their inherent empathy and embrace tolerance over hatred His original, urgent message is fresh, groundbreaking, and essential to the current discussion about terrorism.

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    About “Zak Ebrahim

    • Zak Ebrahim

      Zak Ebrahim was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, on March 24, 1983, the son of an Egyptian industrial engineer and an American school teacher When Ebrahim was seven, his father shot and killed the founder of the Jewish Defense League, Rabbi Meir Kahane From behind bars his father, El Sayed Nosair, co masterminded the 1993 bombing of the World Trade Center Ebrahim spent the rest of his childhood moving from city to city, hiding his identity from those who knew of his father He now dedicates his life to speaking out against terrorism and spreading his message of peace and nonviolence.This is a MUST SEE book trailer for The Terrorist s Son, created by TED Books vimeo 100905676



    711 thoughts on “The Terrorist's Son: A Story of Choice

    • One of my favourite quotes is from Mahatma Gandhi:Zak Ebrahim is a living testament of this quote. He is the son of a terrorist, El Sayyid Nosair, a father who, in 1990, assassinated Meir Kahane, the militant ultra-Orthodox, anti-Arab rabbi and founder of the Jewish Defense League. Zak was just 7 years old. Then, from prison, his father helped plot the 1993 World Trade Center bombing - and was later convicted as one of the conspirators. He was sentenced to life imprisonment without parole.TERROR [...]


    • Page 12 (my book)There’s a reason that murderous hatred has to be taught – and not just taught but forcibly implanted It is a lie told over and over again – often to people who have no resources and who are denied alternative views of the world. It’s a lie my father believed, and one he hoped to pass on to me.A highly interesting and personal story of a young man whose father became an Islamic terrorist. In 1990 his father shot and killed a rabbi, Meir Kahane. The author was seven years [...]


    • It's a short book, so a quick read, but such an important one! For anyone who has ever wondered WHY would an American Muslim turn to such dastardly deeds, like murder or plotting the World Trade Center bombingsd what about the families? Zak Ebrahim tells a heart-rending tale of how his father, an Egyptian engineer, turns radical and the impact on his mother (an American-born Catholic who converted) and his siblings, as well as himself. Zak advocates for peace and love now. Of radical terrorists, [...]


    • I received this book through the giveaway. It was an interesting, but too brief, book. This memoir speaks to resiliency, and the importance of having at least one adult you can count on when your childhood is a mess. I believe Zak Ebrahim is, in part, the man he is today, because his mother did what she could to build him up, when everyone else tore him down. I'm sure it's more complicated than that, and that his struggle to find meaning in his life was not easy. I wish the book was longer and [...]


    • I heard the author speak on NPR while driving in Sumatra and felt inspired enough by his words to write down his name to look up. Just recently I found the scrap of paper and then found the book onlineonce opening the first page, I was mesmerized. His story is so full of paind I couldn't put down his memoir. He was born the son of a man that assassinated a rabbid then later, from jail, helped plot the first attack on the Twin Towers in NY. He was brought up in a conservative Muslim family, but l [...]


    • This was such a powerful little book. Reluctant to read it, I waited till the last minute thinking I wouldn't learn much. But once again, I was wrong. The details of a family living with the aftermath of a father's terrorism was chilling and sad. It was important to think about families whose leaders make poor decisions that affect their children's basic needs for life. So glad that Zak Ebrahim could see and move beyond the limitations he grew up with. It's a triumph!


    • 3.5 stars ****Extraordinary story of a boy living behind the shadows of a terrorist father. Alot of poignant and inspirational lines in the book, my favourite will have be "My father lost his way- but that didn't stop me from finding mine."A story of faith instigating that we are the writers of our own stories.


    • I believe that the authors purpose in writing The Terrorist's Son is to show, and teach that the path that leads to love and peace is often found due to brutality from others. This memoir is written from the point of view of Zak Ebrahim. Characters include Zak's father El-Sayyid Nossair, Zak's mother, and Zak's stepfather Ahmed. Zak Ebrahim is a young boy who loves his family. All of his family is having a hard time, with money, bullying, and just being Muslim. When Zak's father is accused of a [...]


    • My only complaint about this book is that I wish it were longer. I understand what TED is trying to do with its publishing arm--bring to book form the compelling talks that are the hallmark of TED. But some topics deserve more than the novella length, and this is one of them.Ebrahim has a fascinating story; he grew up as the son of a terrorist. His father was convicted of murdering a renowned rabbi in New York and also helped plan the 1993 World Trade Center bombing from his jail cell. Ebrahim w [...]


    • A heart touching write-up. The story of a bigot's son, who had to face such humiliations at a very age just because he bore his father's name. In spite of all the traumas and depressions, Z could hold on to having a hope to hope! A son, whom some thought, would continue in his father's footsteps, turned out to be otherwise. The sense of humanity and suffering that he was exposed to poured in him real truth of life, and that family is indeed of greater value than religion. I couldn't agree less w [...]


    • I picked up this odd looking little book at an airport bookshop amongst all the airport rubbish, and it's a gem. It's what it says it is - the memoir of the son of a terrorist - and it makes for chilling but instructive reading.The messages come out loud and clear:1. Terrorists area fringe group - this particular one happens to be attached to a religion, but they can be anyone;2.Young people can be influenced by purveyors of hate - although they needn't be;3. It's a bastard being a son of a terr [...]


    • I loved the idea for this book, but it left me wanting to know so much more. I didn't find out until after I picked it for book club that it was only 100 pages. It reads more like a long magazine article than the book I expected. I hope Zak Ebrahim will go back to it someday and fill in the blanks with more detail and stories about what his life was like after his father went to prison, while his mother was raising him and his siblings alone, and later with his stepfather. I would love to have r [...]


    • A powerful testament to the strength of a person's inner voice in the face of an unimaginable upbringing and life circumstance. The part of this that was the most meaningful to me is when he talked about how "bigotry cannot withstand your own experience. I learned the difference between what I was being taught and how people really are by walking out my front door." (Paraphrased, not a direct quote)


    • Wow. Like many others I was drawn to this book After watching the author's TED talk. Powerful stuff - murderous rage and bigotry is learned; it is not something that is innate in human nature. powerful stuff with a brave man. ted/talks/zak_ebrahim


    • A heart breaking book. The love and hope that Z brought through out his childhood and believing his father when he was young. Things fall apart when he realize the truth from his beloved mother. A great story. The last long break my heart "We are not his children anymore."



    • The Terrorist’s Son By:Zak EbrahimBook reviewed By: Sierra LeeAnn Christian Imagine that you wake up in the middle of the night to find out that your father has been arrested, then later that day you find out he has been arrested and charged with acts of terrorism. How would you feel? Well sadly for Zak Ebrahim this terrible thing happened to him, and he had to deal with it in a different way than others. He chooses to tell his story in his memoir, The Terrorist’s Son.I gave the book The Ter [...]


    • Inspiring and depressing at the same time Inspiring to see this kid escaping the brainwashing culture of bigotry and hate, but depressing to see his own mother subject him to all of that shit. I do not care about her beliefs, no mother should just sit and watch her children abused and brainwashed for years and not do anything. She wasn't in Egypt or AOE - she's a fucking US-born American woman! What stopped her from telling the step-father to take a hike and just going out to make a living like [...]


    • You cannot choose your family. For most of us, that can be mildly annoying at Christmas but then again most of our fathers are not terrorists. Meet Z, who is not as lucky. What does it feel like to be condemned for someone else's crimes? What is it like to grow up in the shadow of a man who did awful things? And how do you develop a working moral compass in such a situation? Zak Ebrahim managed to get through all of that, miraculously, without being pulled into extremism himself. Impressive read [...]


    • I enjoyed reading about Zak and his family's side of the story. I liked connecting it to the TED talk that we watched because of all the similarities between them.


    • An Excellent Guide to NonviolenceIn his somewhat saddening, yet extremely motivating true story of his own childhood; The Terrorist’s Son (written and narrated by Zak Ebrahim), Zak is faced with hardships, poverty, and abuse all stemming from his fathers crimes. As the title indicates, Zak’s father El-Sayyid Nosair was a terrorist on many occasions: He shot a post officer in the neck, planned the bomber-van attack on the world trade center, and the attack of 9/11 We start off to him waking u [...]


    • Syn teroristy je malá knížka a tak mě hned zaujala, protože já mám rád malé věci a hlavně malé holky. Tedy jako malé holky vzrůstem, ne že bych měl rád malý holky jako děti. Teď to zase vyznívá, že nemám rád děti, já mám rád děti, ale nechci s nimi spát. To jsem to teda začal, já nešika!Takže jsem si knížku tedy vzal na kávičku a pustil jsem se do čtení ani vlastně nevím proč. Teroristi mě moc nezajímají, i když se mi líbí, že umí vyhazovat vě [...]


    • This quick but powerful read tells the story of a young man who grows up with hate but refuses to be poisoned by it. Instead, he commits himself to learning about and getting to know all kinds of people.


    • "There’s a reason that murderous hatred has to be taught—and not just taught but forcibly implanted. It’s not a naturally occurring phenomenon. It is a lie. It is a lie told over and over again—often to people who have no resources and who are denied alternative views of the world. It’s a lie my father believed, and one he hoped to pass on to me. I’ve spent my life trying to understand what drew my father to terrorism, and struggled with the knowledge that I have his blood in my vein [...]


    • This book is about the son of the terrorist but didn't want to become a terrorist. This story takes place in the United States. Zak father and the other terrorist have bomb and kill many places and people to prove to the government that they are not scared of them. Everywhere the terrorist bomb they will leave some kind of massage the tell the government that they did. Zak family have to move a lot and in school he have to find his identity that he is the son of a terrorist. Zak couldn't make an [...]


    • What a compelling title! Too bad the contents did not match it.Ebrahim implies that he was able to overcome his father's upbringing by embracing a theme of kindness and empathy. No problem there. But he wasn't actually raised by his father (who was in prison since Ebrahim was seven) and the transformation from a hate-based childhood to compassionate adulthood was too glib and superficial. This was a very unsatisfying read.True, he overcame hardship due to his father's involvement in terrorism. H [...]


    • Zak Ebrahim is an uplifter and an inspiration. Just what the doctor ordered after our painful election! He made an increasingly conscious life choice not to follow in his father’s footsteps and succumb to hatred. That took some effort in his childhood milieu. He credits his exposure to The Other while working as a tour guide at Busch Gardens in Florida. I’m sure glad he got that job!I can’t even remember how naïve we were as a nation in the early 90s about global terrorism on our soil. Eb [...]


    • As good and concise an explanation of terrorism’s impact on those closest to the perpetrators and a concomitant repudiation of the choice to resort to violent enactment in the service of religion. Here's what the author’s American-born, Muslim-wed mother says when he tells her of his rejection of his father’s zealotry: “‘I'm so sick of hating people.’”One more quote, from the author, among so many elegantly simple observations. This on page 88, in the Epilogue to this book whose on [...]


    • An interesting, moving and often uncomfortable and uncompromising look into the very private childhood life of the author. The author makes no excuses for radicalism, but does well explaining it. He makes it a human story rather than a simple one. In keeping this book short and easy to read, he may have glossed over some parts of his experience enduring the consequences of his father's crimes, which I would have liked to read, but one can't fault a person too heavily for not opening his entire p [...]


    • This was an incredibly powerful little book - I listened to the audio version in a drive out to Logan Airport to pick up my parents, and I found myself wishing I had a hard copy and a highlighter. Although it is a personal story, there are so many bigger themes within it. Beyond simply the overarching narrative comparison between terrorism and tolerance, hate and love, there are also really good insights into abuse at both a cultural and familial level. Humans are storytellers at heart, and the [...]


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