Friday, March 18, 2016

And Then All Hell Broke Loose: Two Decades in the Middle East / Richard Engel / 256 pgs

Richard Engel is the chief foreign correspondent for NBC. Straight out of college, in 1996, Engel moved to Cairo to start reporting on world events. From there he moved to Jerusalem just before the start of the Second Intifada in 2000, and to Baghdad just before the start of the Second Gulf War in 2003. He's reported on war in Beirut, the toppling of Qaddafi in Libya, and the Taliban in Afghanistan. Through it all, Engel does a very good job of painting in the picture of how hostilities in the Middle East began and continue. The book is easy to read and I found it to be one of the most unbiased works on the subject that I have ever encountered. That's saying a whole lot, considering the subject I am talking about. I would definitely recommend for those who would like to read about the media, a semi-autobiography, and especially those interested in the history of the Middle East conflicts.

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