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Samuel Toufic Eloud
Born in Texas and raised in Beirut, Lebanon, Sam's youth was filled with boyhood adventures as well as constant danger. The first half of his memoir, For the Love of Beirut, chronicles with humor and realism his adventures, struggles, and mishaps during the 1975 civil war and the 1982 Israeli invasion of Lebanon. His journey to Virginia in 1986 and his decision to bring attention to the devastation taking place in Beirut started a new chapter in his life as well as his book. Currently, Sam works as a personal trainer in his adopted city of Richmond, VA.
on March 18, 2014 :
I happen to know Sam personally and had heard a few of the funny stories contained in the book from him; I was very pleased when I found out that I could read all of these stories and much more in an ebook authored by Sam.
This is a must-read book for anyone who would like to have an appreciation of what it is like to be a child or a youth growing up in a war zone; growing up in Tajikistan we had experienced a few years of civil war after the break-up of Soviet Union but what we went through is nowhere close to what Sam and his friends had to bear in Lebanon.
The book is very well written and easy to read with vivid details of challenges, risks as well as unforgettable brief happy moments that Sam and the people around him experienced while living in the midst of a regional war involving several countries and also many internal factions vying for power and control of the country. When reading the book you find yourself in the midst of action and it makes you see the picture from the perspective of Lebanese youth and adults bearing the grunt of hardship associated with the occupation of the country followed by intense infighting that continued for years.
In addition to learning a lot about Lebanon and Beirut, the reader will learn quite a bit about different types of ammunition used in Lebanon, how Sam learnt to differentiate each and how he and his friends conducted experiments of their own, which must have been fun.
I would like to thank Sam for having the courage to share his life-story with all the readers and truly hope that he continues his writing career.
(reviewed long after purchase)
on July 28, 2013 :
For The Love Of Beirut by Samuel T. Eloud
A read you will not want to put down, and even if you do, your thoughts will return back to For The Love Of Beirut and the families within this true story until you can settle back in and continue to read this well written true story by Samuel T. Eloud.
Currently reading For The Love Of Beirut, some of the thoughts that come to my mind pertaining to this book are as follows: captivating, eye-opening, sincere, intense, love for family, humor, strength, courage, an inside, first-hand look at children of war and the effects upon their lives, insights that few truly understand, witness, or perhaps can comprehend, a child of war and a young man desperate for peace, a man willing to sacrifice his own life in an effort to help those he loves, paying consequences for his desperate search for peace, and becoming even stronger, kinder, more loving, and having enough guts and courage to share his life story with the world.
For The Love Of Beirut is a must-read story for anyone who cares about issues such as: children of war, recovering from post traumatic stress disorder, and not only surviving prison, but also becoming a mentor for many. Sam has found the ability to tell his story and pull you into the story along with him; through his words, you will hear, see, smell, taste, and feel the effects of war on an innocent, adorable child and his family. Find a quiet place, grab a box of tissues, and read For The Love Of Beirut and be thankful this is not your story, and if by chance it should be, embrace the peace that comes from witnessing a survivor of war who cares enough to write this story and support your message…
Without hesitation, I can recommend reading For The Love Of Beirut. I foresee Mr. Eloud becoming an inspirational speaker within a short period of time. Handsome, kind, soft-spoken, polished, and knowledgeable, surely his story telling will mend many broken hearts, educate his audiences, and bring an uplifting ending to his story which will impact your life for many years to come.
Author of The Covered Smile
(reviewed within a month of purchase)
on June 27, 2013 :
"For the Love of Beirut" sets forth the history of Lebanon's civil war -- but from the perspective of a young boy, who grows up in the 1970s and learns the thrill of collecting guns and ammunition instead of baseball cards. There are so many adventures and encounters with all kinds of people, but the theme that runs through it all is the closeness of family and friends, all in the same situation - facing the perils of war at home in Beirut. The author channels his thoughts and energy to all things positive, and this must be one of the lessons he wants his readers to take from the book -- that no matter how bad things are in life, it is possible to focus on the positive in order to get through very tough times. As the book unfolds, we see the author relocating to Richmond, VA to complete his education. Yet he cannot forget about the war and his family and friends still living in Beirut. He enacts a plan to call attention to the war -- and the fact that most US citizens have not a clue as to what is happening in Lebanon. We see a person who loves Lebanon and tries to do what he can to help. This leads to quite another adventure! Again, the sense of humor and making the best of a situation are elements that continue to emerge throughout the memoir. A great read, full of all kinds of factual information -- you will shed some tears, you will be thankful if you did not grow up experiencing war, and you will laugh out loud. This is a book you'll remember long after reading the last page!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)