Every Man in This Village is a Liar : An Education in War
A few weeks after the planes crashed into the World Trade Centre on 9/11, journalist Megan K. Stack, a twenty-five-year-old national correspondent for the "Los Angeles Times", was thrust into Afghanistan and Pakistan, dodging gunmen and prodding warlords for information. From there, she travelled to war-ravaged Iraq and Lebanon and to other countries scarred by violence, including Israel, Egypt, Libya, and Yemen, witnessing the changes that swept the Muslim world and labouring to tell its stories. "Every Man in This Village Is a Liar" is Megan Stack's riveting account of what she saw in the combat zones and beyond. She 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 Iraq; and, one by one, marks the deaths and disappearances of those she interviews. Beautiful, savage and unsettling, "Every Man in This Village Is a Liar" is a memoir about the wars of the twenty-first century that readers will long remember.
- Hardback | 272 pages
- 135 x 216 x 27mm | 417g
- 06 Jul 2010
- Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
- London, United Kingdom
'Extraordinary ... Stack removes all the usual nonsense from war reporting. What you read here is the truth, gorgeously rendered in shimmering sentences, but unrelenting all the same. The honesty of her reporting, the clarity of her vision is breath-taking. It is a remarkable piece of work' Joe Klein, author of Politics Lost and Primary Colours '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 pretences 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' Tim Weiner, author of Legacy of Ashes
About Megan Stack
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. After many years in the Middle East, she is now Moscow bureau chief for the Los Angeles Times.