Every Man in This Village Is a Liar: An Education in War

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A&C Black, Aug 2, 2010 - Biography & Autobiography - 272 pages
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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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User Review  - gayla.bassham - LibraryThing

An interesting book. Some very haunting anecdotes--I'm thinking in particular about Ahmed and Birak near the end, but there are other stories too that I won't forget. It does get a little repetitive ... Read full review

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User Review  - StigE - LibraryThing

This book packs a bit of an emotional wallop. This is not a finely crafted story, but a series of experiences in the Middle East post 9/11 as a young journalist is swept along and sent to report on the "War on Terror". It's powerful, emotional and is bound to linger. Read full review


Two Chasing Ghosts
Three As Long as You Can Pay for
Six The Living Martyr
Seven The Leader
Something Better
Ten A Question of Cost
Eleven Loddi Doddi We Likes
Twelve A City Built
Thirteen The Earthquake Nobody Felt
Fourteen All Things Light and All Things Dark
Thought I Was a Salamander

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About the author (2010)

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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