The morning they came for us : dispatches from Syria /

by Di Giovanni, Janine [author.].
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: New York : Liveright Publishing Corporation, a division of W.W. Norton & Company, 2016.Edition: First American edition.Description: xvii, 206 pages : maps ; 22 cm.ISBN: 9780871407139; 0871407132.Subject(s): Syria -- History -- Civil War, 2011- -- Personal narratives, Syrian | Civil War (Syria : 2011-) | Syria | 2011 | History | Personal narratives -- Syrian
Contents:
Damascus : Thursday 28 June 2012 -- Latakia : Thursday 14 June 2012 -- Ma'loula and Damascus : June-November 2012 -- Homs : Thursday 8 March 2012 -- Darayya : Saturday 25 August 2012 -- Zabadani : Saturday 8 September 2012 -- Homs, Bab al-Sebaa Street : Sunday14 October 2012 -- Aleppo : Sunday 16 December 2012 -- March 2015.
Summary: "Doing for Syria what Imperial Life in the Emerald City did for the war in Iraq, The Morning They Came for Us bears witness to one of the most brutal, internecine conflicts in recent history. Drawing from years of experience covering Syria for Vanity Fair, Newsweek, and the front pages of the New York Times, award-winning journalist Janine di Giovanni gives us a tour de force of war reportage, all told through the perspective of ordinary people--among them a doctor, a nun, a musician, and a student. What emerges is an extraordinary picture of the devastating human consequences of armed conflict, one that charts an apocalyptic but at times tender story of life in a jihadist war zone. Recalling celebrated works by Ryszard Kapus'cin'ski, Philip Gourevitch, and Anne Applebaum, The Morning They Came for Us, through its unflinching account of a nation on the brink of disintegration, becomes an unforgettable testament to resilience in the face of nihilistic human debasement,"--Amazon.com.
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Doing for Syria what Imperial Life in the Emerald City did for the war in Iraq, The Morning They Came for Us bears witness to one of the most brutal, internecine conflicts in recent history. Drawing from years of experience covering Syria for Vanity Fair, Newsweek, and the front pages of the New York Times, award-winning journalist Janine di Giovanni gives us a tour de force of war reportage, all told through the perspective of ordinary people--among them a doctor, a nun, a musician, and a student. What emerges is an extraordinary picture of the devastating human consequences of armed conflict, one that charts an apocalyptic but at times tender story of life in a jihadist war zone. Recalling celebrated works by Ryszard Kapus´cin´ski, Philip Gourevitch, and Anne Applebaum, The Morning They Came for Us, through its unflinching account of a nation on the brink of disintegration, becomes an unforgettable testament to resilience in the face of nihilistic human debasement.

Includes bibliographical references (pages [173]-176) and index.

Damascus : Thursday 28 June 2012 -- Latakia : Thursday 14 June 2012 -- Ma'loula and Damascus : June-November 2012 -- Homs : Thursday 8 March 2012 -- Darayya : Saturday 25 August 2012 -- Zabadani : Saturday 8 September 2012 -- Homs, Bab al-Sebaa Street : Sunday14 October 2012 -- Aleppo : Sunday 16 December 2012 -- March 2015.

"Doing for Syria what Imperial Life in the Emerald City did for the war in Iraq, The Morning They Came for Us bears witness to one of the most brutal, internecine conflicts in recent history. Drawing from years of experience covering Syria for Vanity Fair, Newsweek, and the front pages of the New York Times, award-winning journalist Janine di Giovanni gives us a tour de force of war reportage, all told through the perspective of ordinary people--among them a doctor, a nun, a musician, and a student. What emerges is an extraordinary picture of the devastating human consequences of armed conflict, one that charts an apocalyptic but at times tender story of life in a jihadist war zone. Recalling celebrated works by Ryszard Kapus'cin'ski, Philip Gourevitch, and Anne Applebaum, The Morning They Came for Us, through its unflinching account of a nation on the brink of disintegration, becomes an unforgettable testament to resilience in the face of nihilistic human debasement,"--Amazon.com.

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Journalist di Giovanni (Middle East editor, Newsweek) has experience in the Middle East and other war-torn regions and traveled to Syria in 2012 after covering the Balkan Wars in the 1990s. Over the final six months of the year, she observes the transformation of the 2011 peaceful demonstrations demanding greater freedom to civil war. Visiting various towns and presenting individuals with different roles, the author shows how increased fighting with more powerful weapons destroyed villages and urban neighborhoods and killed fighters and civilians alike. Government forces arrested rebels and noncombatants, and jails were often torture sites. Di Giovanni emphasizes the horror and brutality of civil war, especially the widespread sexual violence. As both government and rebel forces became more extreme and vicious, Syrians of all political loyalties mourned the loss of the tolerant and cosmopolitan community they once shared. Still shaken by the unchecked cruelty that tore apart Yugoslavia, the author decries the failure of the international community to prevent this humanitarian crisis. VERDICT Di Giovanni presents a devastating picture of the horrors of civil war and the disintegration of Syrian society. Her vivid depictions of suffering may be overwhelming for some readers. [See Prepub Alert, 11/2/15.]-Elizabeth Hayford, formerly with Associated Coll. of the Midwest, Evanston, IL © Copyright 2016. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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