My brother's road: an American's fateful journey to Armenia

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I.B. Tauris, 2005 - Biography & Autobiography - 328 pages
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Known at various times as "Abu Sindi", "Timothy Sean McCormick", "Saro", and "Commander Avo", Monte Melkonian was denounced in Europe as an international terrorist, while his adopted homeland of Armenia decorated him as a national hero who led a force of 4,000 men to victory in Azerbaijan. Markar Melkonian spent seven years unravelling the mystery of his brother's road: a journey which began in his ancestors' town in Turkey and led to a blood-splattered square in Tehran, the Kurdish mountains, the bomb-pocked streets of Beirut, and finally, to the windswept heights of mountainous Karabagh. Monte's life embodied the agony and the follies of the end of the Cold War and the unraveling of the Soviet Union. Yet, who was this man, really? A terrorist or a hero? My Brother's Road is not just the story of a long journey and a short life, it is an attempt to understand what happens when one man decides that violent deeds speak louder than words

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Details the fight for freedom in Artsakh and the heroic journey of Monte Melkonian, an American-Armenian who returned to Artsakh to lead the militant struggle for independence. Helpful notes for those who want to do more research and a helpful glossary for those who know little of Armenian history. Read full review


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Markar Melkonian is a teacher, writer and veteran solidarity worker. Melkonian's books include Marxism: A Post-Cold War Primer (1996) and Richard Rorty's Politics: Liberalism at the End of the American Century (1999). He is a founder and a member of the Board of Directors of The Monte Melkonian Fund, Inc., a nonprofit organization that assists the neediest of the needy in the impoverished former Soviet Republic of Armenia ( He lives in Los Angeles.

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