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.
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New York Times Bestseller
“Engel’s harrowing adventures make for gripping reading, he deftly uses them as a portal to look at how the Middle East has changed since he arrived in the region as a young reporter back in 1996. The result is a book that gives readers a brisk but wide-angled understanding of the calamities that have unfurled there over the last two decades . . . for readers looking for an astute, fast-paced overview, this book is a great explainer.
Mr. Engel, 42, gives us sharp, unnerving snapshots of events he witnessed and a visceral sense of the daily rhythms of life in Baghdad as the war turned increasingly chaotic. What makes Mr. Engel’s tactile eyewitness accounts particularly valuable is that they are fuel-injected with his knowledge of the history and the politics of the region. . . . Mr. Engel writes with great concision — honed, no doubt, by years of having to compress momentous stories into a few minutes on the evening news.
– Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times
This Middle East to me has seemed a tangled mess, so much happening, so little did I understand the why behind what seemed to be daily savagery of one kind or another. Engel attempts to demystify the causes, the motivations and the reasons for what we see on our nightly news. He gives an overview to the pivotal happenings in the Middle East, parts of his own personal life, mixed with the mistakes of various governments and world leaders, including those of my own country. He also includes a section explaining his capture and his days in captivity. Harrowing stuff, all of it, from beginning to now.
About the Author:
Richard Engel is an American television journalist and author best known as NBC News’s chief foreign correspondent. He was assigned to that position on April 18, 2008 from being the network’s Middle East correspondent and Beirut Bureau chief. Engel was the first broadcast journalist recipient of the Medill Medal for Courage in Journalism for his report “War Zone Diary.”
Richard was always single-minded and ambitious. Growing up in an affluent, much-traveled Manhattan family, Richard dreamed from the age of fourteen of being a foreign correspondent. “I’ll have an apartment overlooking the Champs-Elysees, and I’ll wear a white suit and smoke cigarettes out of a bone-holder. That was the vision.”. He studied International Relations at Stanford, but when he graduated in 1996, he no longer dreamed of Paris. He wanted to go where the big foreign stories would emerge, and that meant the Middle East.
|Title||And Then All Hell Broke Loose|
|Publisher||Simon & Schuster, Inc.|
|File Format||PDF, EPUB|