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And Then All Hell Broke Loose: Two Decades in the Middle East (edizione 2016)

di Richard Engel (Autore)

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"Based on two decades of reporting, NBC's chief foreign correspondent's riveting story of the Middle East revolutions, the Arab Spring, war, and terrorism seen up-close--sometimes dangerously so. When he was just twenty-three, a recent graduate of Stanford University, Richard Engel set off to Cairo with $2,000 and dreams of being a reporter. Shortly thereafter he was working freelance for Arab news sources and got a call that a busload of Italian tourists were massacred at a Cairo museum. This is his first view of the carnage these years would pile on. Over two decades Engel has been under fire, blown out of hotel beds, taken hostage. He has watched Mubarak and Morsi in Egypt arrested and condemned, reported from Jerusalem, been through the Lebanese war, covered the whole shooting match in Iraq, interviewed Libyan rebels who toppled Gaddafi, reported from Syria as Al-Qaeda stepped in, was kidnapped in the Syrian crosscurrents of fighting. He goes into Afghanistan with the Taliban and to Iraq with ISIS. In the page-turning And Then All Hell Broke Loose, he shares his adventure tale. Engel takes chances, though not reckless ones, keeps a level head and a sense of humor, as well as a grasp of history in the making. Reporting as NBC's Chief-Foreign Correspondent, he reveals his unparalleled access to the major figures, the gritty soldiers, and the helpless victims in the Middle East during this watershed time. We can experience the unforgettable suffering and despair of the local populations. Engel's vivid description is intimate and personal. Importantly, it is a succinct and authoritative account of the ever-changing currents in that dangerous land"--… (altro)
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Titolo:And Then All Hell Broke Loose: Two Decades in the Middle East
Autori:Richard Engel (Autore)
Info:Simon & Schuster (2016), Edition: First Printing, 256 pages
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Heartbreaking, relevant, and terrifying, this book gives one journalist’s experience and perspective on the events occurring in the Middle East over the last 20 or so years. Published in 2016, many of the conflicts Engel discusses are still raging across the region today. He doesn’t pull punches in laying blame for the rise of ISIS on the US. I think this is a balanced piece, though, and well worth reading for insight on recent/current events. ( )
  DGRachel | Apr 2, 2019 |
Excellent Biography/Overview of Middle East conflicts within the last 25 yrs. Richard Engel is a brave man! Much love and respect for that man and his work! ( )
  Mitchell_Bergeson_Jr | Aug 6, 2017 |
I have seen Richard Engel's reporting from the Middle East as he is the Chief Foreign Correspondent for NBC news. He can be found in the hot and dangerous spots of the Middle East including Syria, Iraq, Libya and Afghanistan usually at personal risk. Engel provides two perspectives in this book. First, he opines about the events, people and diplomacy that have created the terrorism, violence and mayhem currently taking place in many Middle Eastern countries. Engel is not a fan of either George W. Bush's or Barack Obama's diplomacy as it relates to the Middle East. Basically, he thinks that we have made a bad situation much much worse.

Second, Engel provides an interesting narrative of his adventures covering the Middle East. He describes his kidnapping by terrorists and his near misses of various bombings and mob violence. He takes enormous risks in getting the story. He describes the perils of covering the initial days of the Iraq-US war.

While this is an informative and entertaining book for general readership, those who are interested in journalism would be wise to read this. ( )
  writemoves | Jan 30, 2017 |
This is a very important piece of journalistic experiences and conclusions. While I might question some of Engel's conclusions, there is no doubt that he is striving to tell things as he saw them. Because of his on-site work, his reporting and his conclusions deserve the greatest weight. Still, one can be too close to see the whole. He is dispassionate in castigating both Presidents: Bush and Obama. And, he points to the idea, maybe not intentionally, that the USA must adopt a radical change in its way it views situations of which it disapproves. Ever since WWII, the USA has looked upon itself as a City on a Hill. We have been slow to admit our flaws and often the corrective action has been painful, but in our attempts to export democracy, we have not been mean or seeking profit for ourselves. And we have been confused when democracy doesn't appeal. It might be time for us to re-order our priorities in our relations with nations and people who have not gone through the convulsions we experienced in us finding our way to freedom. Instead of first thinking what's best for the world, we ought to begin to think what is best for us when we attempt to transplant our vision of freedom. ( )
  DeaconBernie | Mar 10, 2016 |
A fascinating look at a war correspondents time in the Middle East. Richard Engel was unfortunate/ or lucky enough depending on how you look at it, to have a war break out shortly after he moved each time to a new country. During the election cycle this year a lot has been said about George W. Bush having been responsible for the creation of Isis. After reading this book you will understand why that accusation has been leveled at him and through Engles eye witness accounts you get a first row view of how Washington has really botched things in the Middle East thereby causing the terrorists threats of today. I was afraid this book might be a little dry but it was a very entertaining look at the Middle East and it touched on many of the biggest events in recent years. Confusing Middle Eastern politics and religion were explained in a clear way that anyone could understand. I can't say that this account has made me very hopeful that peace will be achieved in the Middle East anytime soon. What I did take away was a better understanding of what happened. Now if we could only get the foreign policy makers in Washington to read this book. ( )
  arielfl | Mar 2, 2016 |
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"Based on two decades of reporting, NBC's chief foreign correspondent's riveting story of the Middle East revolutions, the Arab Spring, war, and terrorism seen up-close--sometimes dangerously so. When he was just twenty-three, a recent graduate of Stanford University, Richard Engel set off to Cairo with $2,000 and dreams of being a reporter. Shortly thereafter he was working freelance for Arab news sources and got a call that a busload of Italian tourists were massacred at a Cairo museum. This is his first view of the carnage these years would pile on. Over two decades Engel has been under fire, blown out of hotel beds, taken hostage. He has watched Mubarak and Morsi in Egypt arrested and condemned, reported from Jerusalem, been through the Lebanese war, covered the whole shooting match in Iraq, interviewed Libyan rebels who toppled Gaddafi, reported from Syria as Al-Qaeda stepped in, was kidnapped in the Syrian crosscurrents of fighting. He goes into Afghanistan with the Taliban and to Iraq with ISIS. In the page-turning And Then All Hell Broke Loose, he shares his adventure tale. Engel takes chances, though not reckless ones, keeps a level head and a sense of humor, as well as a grasp of history in the making. Reporting as NBC's Chief-Foreign Correspondent, he reveals his unparalleled access to the major figures, the gritty soldiers, and the helpless victims in the Middle East during this watershed time. We can experience the unforgettable suffering and despair of the local populations. Engel's vivid description is intimate and personal. Importantly, it is a succinct and authoritative account of the ever-changing currents in that dangerous land"--

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