By Richard Engel
"Quick-paced...a exciting event tale laced with historic context." —Associated Press
Based on twenty years of reporting, NBC's leader international correspondent's riveting tale of the center East revolutions, the Arab Spring, warfare, and terrorism visible up-close—sometimes dangerously so.
When he used to be simply twenty-three, a up to date graduate of Stanford collage, Richard Engel trigger to Cairo with $2,000 and desires of being a reporter. almost immediately thereafter he used to be operating freelance for Arab information resources and obtained a choice busload of Italian travelers have been massacred at a Cairo museum. this is often his first view of the carnage those years may pile on. Over 20 years Engel has been lower than hearth, blown out of inn beds, taken hostage. He has watched Mubarak and Morsi in Egypt arrested and condemned, mentioned from Jerusalem, been during the Lebanese warfare, lined the complete taking pictures fit in Iraq, interviewed Libyan rebels who toppled Gaddafi, suggested from Syria as Al-Qaeda stepped in, was once abducted within the Syrian crosscurrents of combating. He is going into Afghanistan with the Taliban and to Iraq with ISIS. within the page-turning And Then All Hell Broke Loose, he stocks his event tale.
Engel takes probabilities, even though now not reckless ones, retains a degree head and a feeling of humor, in addition to a grab of historical past within the making. Reporting as NBC's Chief-Foreign Correspondent, he finds his extraordinary entry to the key figures, the gritty squaddies, and the helpless sufferers within the heart East in this watershed time. we will be able to adventure the unforgettable anguish and depression of the neighborhood populations. Engel's brilliant description is intimate and private. Importantly, it's a succinct and authoritative account of the ever-changing currents in that risky land.
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