NONFIC: Disappearance in Damascus: Friendship and Survival in the Shadow of War by Deborah Campbell

February: NonFiction Pick

Deborah Campbell is an investigative journalist of the old school, believing in deep penetration into a story.  She wrote articles for magazines like Harpers, The Economist, The Guardian. She was interested in the way war influenced noncombatant people, ordinary people fleeing the violence of war .In 2007 she travelled to Dmascus to report on the   Iraqui refugees living in Syria following the overthrow of Saddam Hussein. There she made friends with an extraordinary woman, Ahlam, who was a fixer working with journalists, help This book is based on the friendship between these two women.  Reading it is a relatively accessible way to come up to speed on events in that part of the world, and the effects of American involvement. It’s a gripping read.


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