Full Circle: Escape from Baghdad and the Return

Full Circle: Escape from Baghdad and the Return

ABOUT Saul Silas Fathi

Saul Silas Fathi
Hi, I am an author, historian and lecturer. I have authored 4 already published books on history, biography, Islam and their leaders, Muslims and religion, which are all available on Amazon.com. I wrote a book called Full Circle: Escape from Baghdad and the Return. My autobiography, Full C More...



My autobiography, Full Circle: Escape from Baghdad and the Return, chronicles a prominent Iraqi Jewish family’s escape from persecution through the journey of one family member:  a 10-years old boy who witnesses public hangings and the 1941 Kristallnacht (Farhood) in Baghdad. After a harrowing escape from Iraq through Iran, this boy begins a life-long search for meaning and his place in the world. His journey takes him to the newly-formed State of Israel, then to Brazil and finally to the United States. He joins the U.S. Army and serves in Korea and returns to a fascinating career in three Fortune-500 companies. Following September 11, 2001, he volunteers to work for the F.B.I. Genre: Youth and adult, anyone interested in the history of the Middle-East, the Jewish people and Sephardic life under Islam.


I was born to a prominent Jewish family in Baghdad, Iraq, on May 8, 1938. At age 10, my younger brother and I were smuggled out of Baghdad through Iran and eventually reached the newly formed state of Israel. Israel was only a short stop in my life, but it captured my heart and mind. I continued my travels to Brazil and later to the United States. In 1960, I began studying sculpture at the Brooklyn Museum of Art and American history and public speaking at the New School of Social Studies. In the same year, I volunteered to serve in the U.S. Army, having been promised a college education and U.S. citizenship at the conclusion of my duties. I served in South Korea as Chief Electrical Technician with the 1st Cavalry Division, 15th Aviation Company, the famed helicopter division in the Vietnam War. At the University of Virginia, I earned a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering and went on to work as a high-level executive with several Fortune-500 companies and later founded and managed three high-tech companies of my own over a 20-year period.

Military Writers Society of America 2005 Bronze Medal for Non-Fiction, Autobiography