By Richard Engel

"Quick-paced...a exciting experience tale laced with old context." —Associated Press

Based on 20 years of reporting, NBC's leader international correspondent's riveting tale of the center East revolutions, the Arab Spring, battle, and terrorism noticeable up-close—sometimes dangerously so.
When he was once simply twenty-three, a contemporary graduate of Stanford college, Richard Engel trigger to Cairo with $2,000 and goals of being a reporter. almost immediately thereafter he was once operating freelance for Arab information assets and bought a decision busload of Italian travelers have been massacred at a Cairo museum. this can be his first view of the carnage those years could pile on. Over twenty years Engel has been below hearth, blown out of inn beds, taken hostage. He has watched Mubarak and Morsi in Egypt arrested and condemned, pronounced from Jerusalem, been in the course of the Lebanese battle, coated the total taking pictures fit in Iraq, interviewed Libyan rebels who toppled Gaddafi, mentioned from Syria as Al-Qaeda stepped in, used to be abducted within the Syrian crosscurrents of scuffling with. He is going into Afghanistan with the Taliban and to Iraq with ISIS. within the page-turning And Then All Hell Broke Loose, he stocks his event tale.

Engel takes possibilities, even though now not reckless ones, retains a degree head and a feeling of humor, in addition to a clutch of heritage within the making. Reporting as NBC's Chief-Foreign Correspondent, he unearths his exceptional entry to the key figures, the gritty squaddies, and the helpless sufferers within the heart East in this watershed time. we will be able to event the unforgettable affliction and depression of the neighborhood populations. Engel's bright description is intimate and private. Importantly, it's a succinct and authoritative account of the ever-changing currents in that risky land.

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I was told that they were called ‘bobby socks’ by Mrs. James, the wife of the school principal, a kindly lady who had helped my mother find my ‘first day of school’ clothes. ’ Finally I pulled on a light pink sweater and fussed with the sleeves until they stopped just below my elbow. Ready. Now I was dressed like every other girl I had seen in Dhahran. After a quick breakfast, I clambered onto a chair in front of the bathroom mirror to observe closely how my mother fashioned my bangs with a wet fine toothed comb into a small crescent at the side of my forehead, a hairstyle I never left the house without.

On the day of the movie, appropriately attired in Beatle costumes and Beatle haircuts, we were driven to the movie theater by my father who was, predictably, having serious issues over my Beatlemania. I had never displayed such overt teenage antics before and he was convinced that I was going to become a ‘wild woman’ during the movie. I was very relieved that he had not forbidden me outright from seeing the movie, but I had no way of knowing what he actually had in store for me. To my deep and utter mortification, my father not only got out of the car to walk us to the ticket stand but bought a ticket for himself as well, becoming the only adult in the movie theater.

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