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No Turning Back: Life، Loss، and Hope in Wartime Syria

Thursday 12/April/2018 - 09:42 AM
Sada El Balad
Edited by: Yara Sameh

This astonishing book by the prize-winning journalist Rania Abouzeid tells the tragedy of the Syrian War through the dramatic stories of four young people seeking safety and freedom in a shattered country.

Rania Abouzeid brings readers deep inside Assad’s prisons، to covert meetings where foreign states and organizations manipulated the rebels، and to the highest levels of Islamic militancy and the formation of ISIS. 

Based on more than five years of clandestine reporting on the front lines، No Turning Back is an utterly engrossing human drama full of vivid، indelible characters that shows how hope can flourish even amid one of the twenty-first century’s greatest humanitarian disasters.

Hardcover: 400 pages
Author: Rania Abouzeid
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company; 1 edition (March 13، 2018)
Language: English
Dimensions: 6.6 x 1.4 x 9.6 inches

About the Author
Rania Abouzeid has won the Michael Kelly Award and George Polk Award for foreign reporting، among many other prizes for international journalism. She has written for The New Yorker، Time، Foreign Affairs، Politico، the Guardian، and the Los Angeles Times. A former New America fellow، she lives in Beirut، Lebanon.

Editorial Reviews
“Page after page of extraordinary reporting and many flashes of exquisitely descriptive prose.... [U]nforgettable … Abouzeid’s remarkable journalistic and literary work has given us، at last، a book worthy of the enormous tragedy that is Syria.”
- Christopher Dickey، New York Times Book Review

“[An] unparalleled account of the Syrian uprising، drawing on six years of immersive reporting.”
- The New Yorker

“Excellent.... [P]robably the most perceptive journalistic account of the war so far، highlighting the individual stories while never losing sight of the broader situation and history.... Abouzeid’s understated bravery and ability to merge into the background speak to the power of immersive eyewitness reporting، foregrounding the experience of the people she meets and writing with modesty.”
- Lindsey Hilsum، New York Review of Books

“Eloquent and devastating … Abouzeid relates the drama of this chaos in gripping prose.”
- The Christian Science Monitor

“The civil war in Syria is the most catastrophic event of our time، and the most dimly understood. Most journalists won’t go near it. Rania Abouzeid has produced a work of stunning reportage from the very heart of the conflict، daring to go to the most dangerous places in order to get the story. The result is a sensational book that allows us a deeper، and more humane، understanding of this terrible war; it’s a credit to Abouzeid’s bravery and fortitude.”
- Dexter Filkins، Pulitzer Prize–winning author of The Forever War

“No Turning Back stands far above anything I have read about the Syrian war. Rania Abouzeid has produced a masterpiece، weaving together the lives of protesters، victims، and remorseless killers at the center of this century’s most appalling human tragedy. No one else، to my knowledge، has reported this story so bravely or narrated it with such intimacy and power.”
- Robert F. Worth، author of A Rage for Order: The Middle East in Turmoil، from Tahrir Square to ISIS

“Rania Abouzeid has written an intimate portrait of a chaotic war. Her profiles of Syrians caught up in the savage unraveling of the country heightens the tragedy، a lens missing from the news stories. This book is a must read for anyone who has watched the seemingly incomprehensible horror and for policy makers who must try to stop the violence.”
- Deb Amos، author of Eclipse of the Sunnis: Power، Exile، and Upheaval in the Middle East

“Widely recognized as the bravest of reporters…Abouzeid writes with great fluidity and authority about the most important foreign policy and moral crisis of our era، embedding with the men، women and children whose lives were torn apart by the Syrian civil war…No Turning Back works both on the level of deeply reported personal narratives of a tragedy that continues to unspool and also as a major work of history.” - Peter Bergen، author of United States of Jihad and Manhunt: The Ten Year Search for Bin Laden

“In No Turning Back، Rania Abouzeid brings you up close and personal to the men and women who led the uprising in Syria. Abouzeid understands these people so well and her writing is so vivid that they practically jump off the page with all their dreams، ideals، and misplaced optimism. After No Turning Back، you won’t be able to hear anything more about Syria without feeling that you too know the people who are living (and dying) through it.”
- Barbara Demick، author of Nothing to Envy: Ordinary Lives in North Korea and Logavina Street: Life and Death in a Sarajevo Neighborhood

“A fabulous and illuminating account of the Syrian conflict told by a world-class journalist at the height of her powers. This is about real people، their real stories and how they web together to tell the wider story of a nation in crisis. A rich and rewarding book that informs، excites and inspires. A truly first-class piece of high-end reportage.”
- Tim Butcher، author of The Trigger، Blood River، and Chasing the Devil

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