Shadow on the Mountain: A Yazidi Memoir of Terror, Resistance and Hope (Hardcover)

Shadow on the Mountain: A Yazidi Memoir of Terror, Resistance and Hope Cover Image
Out of Stock, generally 2-3 days to Order your Copy and have it arrive.


A powerful and inspiring memoir of a young Yazidi who served as a U.S. combat interpreter but was later forced to flee into the mountains of Iraq to avoid the ISIS slaughter of his people

Shaker Jeffrey's life has been an odyssey of courage, cunning, and desperation. His journey began as a fatherless Iraqi farm boy. As a child he hung out with American troops and practiced his English. Soon he was helping gather information about terrorists, becoming one of the youngest combat interpreters to work for the United States government, even attracting the notice of General Petraeus.

When he was barely sixteen, ISIS overran his Yazidi community and slaughtered most of its people. He narrowly escaped to the mountains with the remnants of his community. But with incredible daring, he became a valuable go-between, informing the U.S. military of the plight of the trapped Yazidis. Time and again he risked his life, going into enemy territory disguised as an ISIS fighter to mount daring rescue operations. Shaker saved over 1,000 civilians from ISIS, including hundreds of girls forced into sex slavery, although he was unable to save his own fiancée from a terrible fate.

Shaker's powerful and inspiring narrative offers a human face to the people and places caught in the crosshairs of a borderless conflict that has come to define our age.

About the Author

Shaker Jeffrey is a human rights activist, co-founder of an international rescue group, and a former combat interpreter working for the U.S. military in Iraq. He is currently living in Germany and with the support of the American military and government is waiting to relocate to the United States. He plans to work with Congress and the United Nations to finally document the full extent of the Islamic State's crimes against humanity.

Katharine Holstein is an American-Canadian writer and human rights advocate, whose work has been published worldwide, and funded charitable foundations that support oppressed women and children. She is the co-author of the internationally acclaimed memoir A Different Kind of Daughter.

Praise For…

"A compelling, poignant, and mesmerizing account of the Yazidi people of northwestern Iraq, as seen through the eyes of a young man who experienced the hopes, heartbreaks and tragedies of the past two decades in the 'Land of the Two Rivers.' Shaker Jeffrey and his coauthor Katharine Holstein chronicle Shaker's experiences brilliantly. His innumerable battles with extremists, serious wounds, and ultimately infiltration of ISIS are nothing short of epic and make Shadow on the Mountain an incredible read."—General David Petraeus, US Army (Ret), former commander of US Central Command, and former Director of the CIA

"A heartrending book that takes us right into the midst of the Yazidi tragedy. This story of one young man offers a powerful insight into what it's like to lose the person and place you love most. A must-read for anyone wants to understand ISIS."—Christina Lamb, award-winning chief foreign correspondent for the Sunday Times and coauthor of the bestseller I Am Malala

"In Shadow on the Mountain, we follow the harrowing journey of a young Yazidi man fighting the painful ancient destiny of his people. Shaker Jeffrey's spellbinding story of a gruesome era is told in raw and gripping detail. A vital and powerful chronicle of one of the great human tragedies of contemporary history--the savage genocide of a 5,000-year-old peaceful minority in Mesopotamia, the ancient land where humandkind itself was born. A powerful voice that deserves to be heard."—Mirza Dinnayi, international human rights activist, Founder of Air Brigade Iraq (Luftbrücke Irak), and the 2019 recipient of the Aurora Prize for Awakening Humanity

"[Shaker Jeffrey's] story, powerfully told with coauthor Katharine Holstein, is an incredible saga of selfless and courageous service to his [Yazidi] people and his adopted American brothers as he provided invaluable intelligence and coordination--often personally leading missions behind enemy lines--to help rescue Yazidis from the mountain and the clutches of ISIS. The details that Jeffrey shares about this genocide will bring the toughest reader to tears, and he also illuminates the little-known history and culture of his people. An invaluable look into a still-unfolding tragedy."—Booklist, starred review

"A spellbinding tale woven with gorgeous phrasing, compelling you to finish its journey at a breakneck pace along with Shaker Jeffrey, a hero of Promethean proportions.... [Shadow on the Mountain] is a class-ten whitewater trip through the cruelties of war, terrorism, and how humanity still rises above the darkness and sadism found in men at war time.... It takes a strong stomach to read this memoir, but the journey is worth it."—New York Journal of Books

Product Details
ISBN: 9780306922831
ISBN-10: 0306922835
Publisher: Da Capo Press
Publication Date: February 18th, 2020
Pages: 320

Your support is making a difference, can you spread the word?

Thank you for your ongoing support of Rainy Day Books. Your online and phone orders are helping us continue to support our operation, our staff, and our mission to keep people informed and entertained. Can you help spread the word that we are helping people all over get the books they need? E-mail or call your friends and family, post to social media, anything you can do to spread the word. 


We Recommend These Great Novels, In Stock Now!

House of Trelawney: A novel Cover Image
The Secret Guests: A Novel Cover Image
The Mirror & the Light (Wolf Hall Trilogy #3) Cover Image
A Good Neighborhood: A Novel Cover Image
The Glass Hotel: A novel Cover Image
The Giver of Stars: A Novel Cover Image
O America: Discovery in a New Land Cover Image
Such a Fun Age Cover Image
Writers & Lovers Cover Image

Excellent Mysteries and Thrillers, In Stock Now!

Recommended Non-Fiction, In Stock Now!

The Splendid and the Vile: A Saga of Churchill, Family, and Defiance During the Blitz Cover Image
A Guest of the Reich: The Story of American Heiress Gertrude Legendre's Dramatic Captivity and Escape from Nazi Germany Cover Image
Until the End of Time: Mind, Matter, and Our Search for Meaning in an Evolving Universe Cover Image
Radical Kindness: The Life-Changing Power of Giving and Receiving Cover Image
Some Assembly Required: Decoding Four Billion Years of Life, from Ancient Fossils to DNA Cover Image
Operation Chastise: The RAF's Most Brilliant Attack of World War II Cover Image
The Genius of Women: From Overlooked to Changing the World Cover Image
Furious Hours: Murder, Fraud, and the Last Trial of Harper Lee Cover Image
The Hunt for History: On the Trail of the World's Lost Treasures—from the Letters of Lincoln, Churchill, and Einstein to the Secret Recordings Onboard JFK's Air Force One Cover Image
The Cartiers: The Untold Story of the Family Behind the Jewelry Empire Cover Image
Congress at War: How Republican Reformers Fought the Civil War, Defied Lincoln, Ended Slavery, and Remade America Cover Image
The Velvet Rope Economy: How Inequality Became Big Business Cover Image
The Ones We've Been Waiting For: How a New Generation of Leaders Will Transform America Cover Image
The Alchemy of Us: How Humans and Matter Transformed One Another Cover Image
The Incredible Journey of Plants Cover Image
The Back Roads to March: The Unsung, Unheralded, and Unknown Heroes of a College Basketball Season Cover Image
The Falcon Thief: A True Tale of Adventure, Treachery, and the Hunt for the Perfect Bird Cover Image
Upstream: The Quest to Solve Problems Before They Happen Cover Image

Front Page Booklist 3

Memory Wall: Stories Cover Image
The Last Bookaneer: A Novel Cover Image
The Little Paris Bookshop: A Novel Cover Image
The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend Cover Image
This Is Your Life, Harriet Chance!: A Novel Cover Image
The Library at Mount Char Cover Image

We Recommend These Great Books, In Stock Now!

House of Trelawney: A novel Cover Image
The Secret Guests: A Novel Cover Image
The Mirror & the Light (Wolf Hall Trilogy #3) Cover Image
A Good Neighborhood: A Novel Cover Image
The Glass Hotel: A novel Cover Image
The Giver of Stars: A Novel Cover Image
O America: Discovery in a New Land Cover Image
Such a Fun Age Cover Image
Writers & Lovers Cover Image