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Sleepwalking Out of Afghanistan, Walking It All Back

Sleepwalking Out of Afghanistan, Walking It All Back

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I found myself caught in the middle of the biggest vehicle explosion to ever hit Afghanistan.While dealing with injuries and destruction, my mind kept spinning out of control from war horror to the horrors of my dysfunctional past. I did my best to replay my personal ordeals and the reactions of people around me as accurately as possible.The journey starts out in the tropical country of Thailand, where I was living a carefree life with no worries or drama…

Harold Phifer was living a life that he was hiding from everyone—including himself. Then he met a retiree in Thailand who cracked that secret open. Finally listened to, and guided by the stranger’s on-target, thoughtful questions, Phifer spoke for the first time of his near-death experience while flashing back to his dysfunctional past.

Phifer’s memoir Sleep Walking Out of Afghanistan: Walking It All Back does not shy away from the stark details of childhood bullying, family tension, schizophrenia, and feeling like an outsider. At the same time, Phifer expertly keeps the reader turning the pages by finding the knee-slapping comedy within the darkness. Anyone who enjoys a good thrill ride, sharp wit, and fast-paced self-reflection will appreciate Sleep Walking Out of Afghanistan.

About The Author

Harold Phifer

Harold Phifer

Harold Phifer was born and raised in Columbus, Mississippi. His first twenty-five years were spent entirely in his home state. After graduating Mississippi State and Jackson State Universities, he became a highly specialized air traffic controller, living and working as an international contractor, serving numerous tours in Iraq and Afghanistan. Harold is the author of his memoir, Sleepwalking Out of Afghanistan, Walking It All Back and the follow-up, an expanded autobiography, Surviving Chaos: How I Found Peace at A Beach Bar.



“I could go on and on regarding the joy I received while reading this book (yes...I ordered the book with pages)! I reflected upon my own life, as I also grew up in Columbus, Mississippi. There were some sections that brought me to tears, while others had me laughing so hard that tears were a given. When does the movie come out? Great book, Harold!”


“I enjoyed this book. In fact, I read it in two days. I could not seem to put it down. Having worked mental health, I clearly understand the seriousness of the matter and how loved ones are affected.”


“I read this book because I grew up with the author. I knew some of what he and his family went through, but sadly I didn't know the extent they suffered as a family from his mom mental illness.”


“This is a great read, it lets the reader know there are somethings in life you just simple don't know from the outside looking inward. The author portrays resilience in a new form, the key to succeed is NEVER GIVING UP. A lot of dark underprivileged things was keep inside and you never saw him sweat. Education was the way out, and he seized every opportunity to succeed. He would not let the scars beneath the surface dictate his future nor fate. I would recommend this read to everyone because it puts a lot of things in perspective. Thank you for your service abroad; God bless the people the author lost along the way and God bless the author for sharing his story.”

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