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This inspiring memoir by the Gold Star parent and captivating DNC speaker is the story of one family's pursuit of the American dream and why - especially in these tumultuous times - we must not be afraid to step forward for what we believe in when it matters most.

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.

©2017 Khizr Khan (P)2017 Random House Audio

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  • Mark
  • Waltham, MA, United States
  • 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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  • Raleigh
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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

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A book that can give you hope in a negative world

This book is written and read with such dignity and respect for one's fellow man, I wish it was mandatory reading in all schools. Khizr Kahn makes us think about how fortunate we are to be in the USA and have our Constitution. He reminds us of the beauty of appreciation of people and country. He also inspires us to think what we are in the process of destroying in this current Administration. It is a frightening time in the USA. We have increased our violence and greed but here is a man who gives us hope and reason. I found the book to be inspiring.

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Sincere and deeply moving

An amazing story of Mr. Kahn’s life and the story of his family’s path from Pakistan to modern America. Full of wisdom and lessons in sacrifice and service. It brought me to tears several times.

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Everyone should have the opportunity to read this book

It reads like a story which you don’t want to come to an end. A wonderful and positive perspective on things American citizens take for granted, without realizing

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Mandatory Read for Americans!

What a treat to hear this thru the voice of the arthur . A true tale of surviving against all odds. No challenge would break him! It is a most beautiful love story. At the end it is a motivating call to all Americans who never went homeless or hungry to call the US home.

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A must read for all Americans

This book made me realize how much we take our freedoms for granted. It gave me a profound understanding of what immigrants long for. This book should be assigned reading in schools. I loved this book and have great love and respect for these people.

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Required Reading for all Americans

This book is a MUST!! Mr. Khan’s story is so moving and enlightening. Because he is an immigrant from a country without the kinds of freedoms we enjoy, because he has an educational/professional background in law, because he is a Gold Star father whose son dedicated his life to this country, Khizr Khan understands what a blessing and privilege it is to call oneself an American and what that REALLY means. Everyone should read this book, and hearing it from Khizr Khan himself only makes his story more personal and powerful.

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Very eye opening book

Would you listen to An American Family again? Why?

Yes and have sent it to my children. It has opened my eyes to a different culture and sparked my heart to believe in the American dream.

What was one of the most memorable moments of An American Family?

His discussion of how and why he spoke at the Democratic convention. We could feel his pain and cried through the whole experience.

What does Khizr Khan bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

His ability to explain well thought out reasoning and HOW VERY AMERICAN HE IS>

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

I also enjoy his lack of understanding of America that led him to move without questions toward his goal.

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True patriotism

A beautiful, honest story that expresses a love for America that is deeper and more sincere than I have ever heard expressed.