Once in a decade comes anaccount of war that promises to be aclassic.
Doing for Syria what Imperial Life in the Emerald City did for the war in Iraq, The Morning They Came for Us bears witness to one of the most brutal, internecine conflicts in recent history. Drawing from years of experience covering Syria for Vanity Fair, Newsweek, and the front pages of the New York Times, award-winning journalist Janine di Giovanni gives us a tour de force of war reportage, all told through the perspective of ordinary people—among them a doctor, a nun, a musician, and a student. What emerges is an extraordinary picture of the devastating human consequences of armed conflict, one that charts an apocalyptic but at times tender story of life in a jihadist war zone. Recalling celebrated works by Ryszard Kapus´cin´ski, Philip Gourevitch, and Anne Applebaum, The Morning They Came for Us, through its unflinching account of a nation on the brink of disintegration, becomes an unforgettable testament to resilience in the face of nihilistic human debasement.
Foreign correspondent di Giovanni, a veteran of conflicts in Bosnia, Rwanda, Somalia, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Chechnya, Afghanistan, and Iraq, recounts 2012 Syria through the stories of ordinary people whose lives changed forever. As she arrived people were leaving as war moved closer to Syria’s doorstep. Talking to as many people as she could from as many denominations and backgrounds as possible, she aimed to learn how Assad’s supporters told their country’s story and to present the narratives of those who suffered under the regime as well. She cites the signs of impending chaos: Syrians who identified as such started calling themselves Alawites, Christians, Sunnis, Shias, or Druze instead; normalcy ended as barricades went up, soldiers were recruited, neighbors built defenses, banks closed, and ministers were assassinated. Annotation ©2016 Ringgold, Inc., Portland, OR (protoview.com)
An experienced and award-winning journalist describes life in Syria during one of recent history's most brutal conflicts through the eyes of everyday people, including a doctor, a nun, a musician and a student.
Describes life in Syria during one of recent history's most brutal conflicts through the eyes of everyday people, including a doctor, a nun, a musician, and a student.