Amanda Matti

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Amanda McEwen-Matti served six years in the U.S. Navy as a Russian Linguist and Intelligence Analyst. While deployed to Baghdad, Iraq she met and fell in love with her Iraqi translator. The two overcame numerous challenges and obstacles to be together and their love story is documented in Amanda’s first book A Foreign Affair, a memoir of her experiences in Iraq and the fight to be reunited with the love of her life, Fadi. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from Wilmington College of Ohio and is currently pursuing a Master’s in International Relations. She began a career in journalism following her separation from the military in 2006 and returned to the Middle East where she documented the lives and experiences of Iraqi and Lebanese refugees living in Jordan to escape the turmoil in their respective countries.

Voicing the Eagle tells Fadi’s story of serving as a local translator for U.S. Military and Government forces in Iraq from 2003 to 2009.

Voicing the Eagle (release October 25, 2022)


Published by Open Road Integrated Media

Voicing the Eagle Reviews

The extraordinary true story of Fahdi Matti, a young Iraqi translator, who served as an interpreter for the U.S. military throughout the course of the Iraq War. In his own words, Fahdi recounts his experiences of going from life as a twenty-one-year-old, upper-middle-class student at the University of Baghdad to being recruited right off his neighborhood street to serve as an interpreter for a U.S. Army unit just days after the fall of Saddam Hussein’s regime.

Over the next three years, Fahdi goes on to translate for U.S. drill sergeants training new Iraqi Army recruits in Ramadi, serves alongside the Marines during the Battle of Fallujah, and eventually lands a position as a linguist with Iraq’s newly formed national intelligence agency in Baghdad. Along the way, he suffers combat injuries, faces the challenges of integrating with American military members while living on U.S. bases, and eventually falls in love with an American service member. A de facto prequel to Matti’s Iraq War memoir, A Foreign Affair, Voicing the Eagle is a unique, firsthand perspective on one of the United States’ most controversial foreign conflicts.


Voicing the Eagle is an eye-opener! I am so glad Amanda Matti wrote the prequel to A Foreign Affair. Now we know what happened to Fahdi before they met. More people should know what life was and is really like in Iraq. Most think terrible things about those in the Middle East when they are just like the rest of us with dreams and goals, love their children, want to have the freedom to education and religion, career aspirations, and PEACE. Fahdi is such a brave man on so many levels, and a great husband and father. We get to hear in his own words about the trials, hardships, being shot, and how he helped his country and the United States as a translator. Well written and real page-turner.

  • CJ Loiacono


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