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Publisher's Summary

Once in a decade comes an account of war that promises to be a classic.

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.

©2016 Janine di Giovanni (P)2016 Tantor

Critic Reviews

"This book, haunted by the international failure to intervene effectively, gives readers an on-the-ground experience of the devastating seasons that followed the promise of the Arab Spring." (Publishers Weekly)

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This book was incredible and it should be listened to. The story of war torn Syria tragic and very serious. The urgency and truth from the narrator added to the story telling. This book broke my heart and makes me want to take action. This book is so relevant. The people in Syria and the refugees that have left their home need us. And this book brings those people's suffering to light in a haunting way.

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I wish this book was required reading for college freshmen. No one should remain blind to the suffering that war brings.