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Fractured Lands

How the Arab World Came Apart
Narrated by: Scott Anderson
Length: 5 hrs and 15 mins
Categories: Nonfiction, World Affairs
4.5 out of 5 stars (98 ratings)

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Editorial Reviews

Editors Select, May 2017

In a previous job, I had the privilege of interacting with Scott Anderson from time to time. Whenever he delivered a new story, I promptly stopped what I was doing to read it (sorry old boss!). When I saw Fractured Lands in the pipeline, and that Scott was narrating (he has a great phone voice...), I jumped at the chance to listen. What Scott does best is take a complex story and create an immediately compelling - and above all human - narrative. He does just this in Fractured Lands by profiling six men and women from six Arab countries and tying their tales into the overarching story of the decades-long turmoil in the Middle East and the ultimate breaking point with the Arab Spring. Incredibly detailed, enlightening, and utterly human, this is Scott Anderson at his best. —Katie, Audible Editor

Publisher's Summary

From the best-selling author of Lawrence in Arabia, a piercing account of how the contemporary Arab world came to be riven by catastrophe since the 2003 United States invasion of Iraq.

In 2011 a series of antigovernment uprisings shook the Middle East and North Africa in what would become known as the Arab Spring. Few could predict that these convulsions, initially hailed in the West as a triumph of democracy, would give way to brutal civil war, the terrors of the Islamic State, and a global refugee crisis.

But, as New York Times best-selling author Scott Anderson shows, the seeds of catastrophe had been sown long before. In this gripping account, Anderson examines the myriad complex causes of the region's profound unraveling, tracing the ideological conflicts of the present to their origins in the United States invasion of Iraq in 2003 and beyond. From this investigation emerges a rare view into a land in upheaval through the eyes of six individuals - the matriarch of a dissident Egyptian family; a Libyan Air Force cadet with divided loyalties; a Kurdish physician from a prominent warrior clan; a Syrian university student caught in civil war; an Iraqi activist for women's rights; and an Iraqi day laborer turned ISIS fighter.

A probing and insightful work of reportage, Fractured Lands offers a penetrating portrait of the contemporary Arab world and brings the stunning realities of an unprecedented geopolitical tragedy into crystalline focus.

©2017 Scott Anderson (P)2017 Random House Audio

Critic Reviews

"Fantastic." ( PBS Newshour)
"A mammoth undertaking.... A fascinating look into the region's history, the forces of tribalism, and the global implications of an Arab world in revolt." (Charlie Rose)

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Timely and a must to listen to!

While disturbing this was very enlightening and I see how tribalism on any scale can create stifled beliefs and no exposure to outside influence. This becomes ripe for corruption.

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Engaging & illuminating glimpse into another world

A startling look into the chaos one century after the Ottomans. What a mess the (collective) we made. Enjoyed having the author narrate.

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Excellent objective perspective

I really enjoyed listening to this book. Even though I am from the Middle East I learned a lot from Scott Anderson‘s perspective on the region; I looked at my homeland through his eyes and I learned a lot from him.

I think this book should be a must read for everyone to understand the conflict of that region because it’s affecting Europe and the United States.

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Fractured story . Hard to flow from charictor to charictor. plight of characters. well drawn.
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insightful

Nice to read about a problem from an insider's perspective. Heart wrenching. So glaring the opportunities we have here in America and the safety we enjoy.