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Every Man in This Village Is a Liar
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A few weeks after the planes crashed into the World Trade Centre on 9/11, LA Times journalist Megan Stack was thrust into Afghanistan and Pakistan, dodging gunmen and prodding warlords for information. She then travelled to other war ravaged countries of the Middle East including Israel and Libya, witnessing and telling the stories of the changing Muslim world. Stack relates her initial wild excitement and her slow disillusionment as the cost of violence outweighs the elusive promise of freedom and democracy. She reports from under bombardment in Lebanon; records the raw pain of suicide bombings in Israel; and one by one, marks the deaths and disappearance of those she interviews. Every Man in This Village is a Liar is a deeply human memoir about the wars of the twenty first century. Beautiful, savage and unsettling, it is an indispensible book of our times.
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Megan Stack was a finalist for the 2007 Pulitzer Prize in international reporting. For anyone interested in first-class wartime reportage like Imperial Life in the Emerald City by Rajiv Chandrasekaran and the work of Ryszard Kapuchinski, this is a must read. This exquisitely written memoir will also appeal to fans of literary writing such as We Are Now Beginning Our Descent by James Meek, Reading Lolita in Tehran by Azar Nafisi and The Bookseller of Kabul by Asne Seierstad

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MEGAN STACK has reported on war, terrorism and political Islam from twenty-two countries since 2001. She was awarded the 2007 Overseas Press Club's Hal Boyle Award for best newspaper reporting from abroad and was a finalist for the 2007 Pulitzer Prize in international reporting. She is currently the Los Angeles Times Moscow bureau chief.

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'Every Man in This Village is a Liar is a courageous report from the front lines of the hostilities between the West and the Muslim world. Journalist Megan Stack sheds the customary pretenses of her profession to show us - with blistering eloquence and her own raw nerves laid bare - war's impact on the non-combatants who bear the brunt of its horrors. You'll be thinking about this book long after you turn the final page' Jon Krakauer, author of Into Thin Air 'Every Man in this Village is a Liar is an electrifying book by an extraordinary foreign correspondent. Megan Stack has braved the battlefields of Afghanistan and Iraq, decoded the secrets of Israel and Egypt. She shows us what war and terror have done to humanity in the 21st century. Read it if you have the courage to care about your country, its allies and its enemies' Tim Weiner, author of Legacy of Ashes 'There is hope. Stack has soul. Stack gets it. She feels in her gut and has a clarity of thought and boldness of expression that is rare, and delicious' Sam Kiley, The Times 'This is a brave and beautifully written book' Christina Lamb, Sunday Times

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