And Then All Hell Broke Loose

And Then All Hell Broke Loose

Two Decades in the Middle East

Book - 2016
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"Quick-paced...a thrilling adventure story laced with historical context." --Associated Press

Based on two decades of reporting, NBC's chief foreign correspondent's riveting story of the Middle East revolutions, the Arab Spring, war, and terrorism seen up-close--sometimes dangerously so.

When he was just twenty-three, a recent graduate of Stanford University, Richard Engel set off to Cairo with $2,000 and dreams of being a reporter. Shortly thereafter he was working freelance for Arab news sources and got a call that a busload of Italian tourists were massacred at a Cairo museum. This is his first view of the carnage these years would pile on. Over two decades Engel has been under fire, blown out of hotel beds, taken hostage. He has watched Mubarak and Morsi in Egypt arrested and condemned, reported from Jerusalem, been through the Lebanese war, covered the whole shooting match in Iraq, interviewed Libyan rebels who toppled Gaddafi, reported from Syria as Al-Qaeda stepped in, was kidnapped in the Syrian crosscurrents of fighting. He goes into Afghanistan with the Taliban and to Iraq with ISIS. In the page-turning And Then All Hell Broke Loose , he shares his adventure tale.

Engel takes chances, though not reckless ones, keeps a level head and a sense of humor, as well as a grasp of history in the making. Reporting as NBC's Chief-Foreign Correspondent, he reveals his unparalleled access to the major figures, the gritty soldiers, and the helpless victims in the Middle East during this watershed time. We can experience the unforgettable suffering and despair of the local populations. Engel's vivid description is intimate and personal. Importantly, it is a succinct and authoritative account of the ever-changing currents in that dangerous land.
Publisher: New York, N.Y. :, Simon & Schuster,, 2016
ISBN: 9781451635119
Branch Call Number: 956.054092 Eng
Characteristics: pages : illustrations, maps


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Jul 16, 2019

Getting a good look at how our policies and lack of consistanty in the region has made it the mess that it is today.

Feb 07, 2018

Well written, informative, and a great insight on the development of events in the Middle East in the past 20 years. I loved this book.

May 16, 2016

An excellent book, well written.
Should be required reading for people planning a career in foreign service and/or journalism.

ChristchurchLib Apr 10, 2016

Not long out of Stanford, Richard Engel headed to the Middle East in 1996 to work as a journalist. Now NBC's chief foreign correspondent, he draws on nearly two decades in the area to share insights into the region's past and present as he blends reportage with his personal experiences in Jerusalem, Iraq, Egypt, Syria, and other places. He's dodged bullets and been kidnapped while covering stories about area leaders, the Arab Spring, many wars, regional terrorism, and the experiences of regular people caught in the crossfire. Anyone interested in a fast-paced, intelligent account of what the Middle East is like right now should read this book.

Feb 21, 2016

Star, please clarify your comment. What are trying to say?

Sep 21, 2015

[To clarify my comments for the American Exceptionalist commenter - - mhmiller - - in Engel's earlier book he states // I wrote that I supported the invasion, believing it had the potential to be the start of a radical plan to redesign and improve the modern Middle East, . . \\ What kind of idiot believe George W. Bush & Cheney? Engel AND Hillary Rodham Clinton, that's who!]
Great! A book by Engel who has reported exactly what in the way of real content, real breaking new? This person was blown up, that group was blown up, these bunch were blown up, and . . . .
Next he'll be writing fictitious reports on the identification of so-called vagrants on the grassy knoll in Dallas on 11/22/63.

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