Emma's War

Emma's War

by Deborah Scroggins
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Emma's War by Deborah Scroggins

Tall, striking, and adventurous to a fault, young British relief worker Emma McCune came to Sudan determined to make a difference in a country decimated by the longest-running civil war in Africa. She became a near legend in the bullet-scarred, famine-ridden country, but her eventual marriage to a rebel warlord made international headlines—and spelled disastrous consequences for her ideals.

Enriched by Deborah Scroggins’s firsthand experience as an award-winning journalist in Sudan, this unforgettable account of Emma McCune’s tragically short life also provides an up-close look at the volatile politics in the region. It’s a world where international aid fuels armies as well as the starving population, and where the northern-based Islamic government—with ties to Osama bin Laden—is locked in a war with the Christian and pagan south over religion, oil and slaves. Tying together these vastly disparate forces as well as Emma’s own role in the problems of the region, Emma’s War is at once a disturbing love story and a fascinating exploration of the moral quandaries behind humanitarian aid.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780375703775
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 02/10/2004
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 416
Sales rank: 988,443
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 8.00(h) x 1.06(d)

About the Author

Deborah Scroggins has won six national journalism awards for her reporting from Sudan and the Middle East. For Emma’s War she was awarded the Georgia Author of the Year Award. A former correspondent for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, she has published articles in Granta, The Independent, Vogue, and Glamour. She lives in Atlanta.

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Emma's War 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This book intelligently weaves Sudan's history with western intervention and Emma, the naive, reckless and ultimately tragic heroine. It is an enthralling tale. I found it difficult to put the book down. It also raises important issues about the nature of humanitarian aid -- how it can become just another resource for rival groups to fight over, or instigate rival groups into using non-combatants/refugees as a means to manipulate or channel aid flows to regions of political and economic significance.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book and learned so much about African history. (and a lot of American political involvement as well) The story revolves around Emma, an British aide worker in Africa, but goes deeper into the motivation of people that do this kind of work, and then the environments they find themselves in. I was especially moved by the writing of the author about her own travels to Africa. Her testimony was heartbreaking and real and put you right there with her. An excellent writer, Scroggins has the ability to give us all the facts of a journalistic history report, while conveying the emotions of Emma in the same beat. This is an excellent choice for anyone who wants something more than fluff that you can sink your teeth into. I usually fly through books, but took my time on this one to take in all the history and politics. Well done!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was a fascinating account of not only an idealistic young woman but of a region of the world completely misunderstood. Scroggins descriptions of life in southern Sudan were sad, depressing but eye opening. 2 million dead and very little hope in sight. Emma certainly did help, but whom?
Guest More than 1 year ago
Compelling . . . timely . . . beautifully written. I knew little about Sudan and I was hooked from the start. Scroggins is both critical and compassionate. She presents an in-depth account of the secular-Muslim conflict within Sudan as well as the politics of the Western relief organizations, and she leaves the reader with a sense of her love for Sudan. Very enjoyable and informative.