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From Barnes & NobleStack, a journalist with the Los Angeles Times, got her start as a war correspondent on 9/11. On assignment in Paris, she was quickly dispatched to Afghanistan to cover the Taliban, to interview Afghan warlords, and to write about the war the U.S. thought it had won. But as her perspective from the ground makes clear, no one ever wins a war —not in that region.
More important than detailed coverage of the daily battles, attacks, and suicide bombings, Stack reveals the humans caught in the crossfire. She tells of Ahmed, a young Iraqi who confesses his dreams of a better life, then promptly disappears after a meeting one day. Stack dances with Afghan women usually clad in burqas, and meets with the expat wives of American oil company workers, living the American dream in a gated compound in Saudi Arabia. She listens to the anti-American, anti-Semitic rhetoric of Yemeni poets, and becomes a target of hate mail after writing about the unclaimed bodies of Palestinian suicide bombers.
Stack writes about the effects of war on the psyche of those involved, about how gazing into the abyss of war creates a vacuumin the people themselves. A collection of stories of ignored people locked in a permanent fight for survival, Every Man in This Village Is a Liar is a haunting and important book.
"With blistering eloquence and her own raw nerves laid bare [Stack shows us] war's impact on the non-combatants who bear the brunt of its horrors."
— Jon Krakauer, author of Into the Wild