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Acclaim for Every Man in This Village is a Liar by Megan Stack

June 1st, 2010

Megan Stack’s moving chronicle of her years reporting on the front lines of the war on terror has been garnering impressive review attention. Keep an eye out for the book when it hits shelves on June 15th. It’s sure to leave an indelible impression.

Every Man in This Village is a Liar is a courageous report from the front lines of the hostilities between the West and the Muslim world. Journalist Megan Stack sheds the customary pretenses of her profession to show us—with blistering eloquence and her own raw nerves laid bare—war’s impact on the non-combatants who bear the brunt of its horrors. You’ll be thinking about this book long after you turn the final page.” —Jon Krakauer, author of Where Men Win Glory

Every Man in This Village is a Liar is an electrifying book by an extraordinary foreign correspondent. Megan Stack has braved the battlefields of Afghanistan and Iraq, decoded the secrets of Israel and Egypt. She shows us what war and terror have done to humanity in the 21st century. Read it if you have the courage to care about your country, its allies, and its enemies.” —Tim Weiner, author of Legacy of Ashes

“‘We were all stripped of technology,’ Megan Stack writes, ‘reduced to our ancient selves, to faces found and words spoken in person.’ And that is the secret of this extraordinary book: Stack removes all the usual nonsense from war reporting. What you read here is the truth, gorgeously rendered in shimmering sentences, but unrelenting all the same. The honesty of her reporting, the clarity of her vision is breath-taking. It is a remarkable piece of work.” —Joe Klein, author of Politics Lost and Primary Colors

“[Stack’s] soaring imagery sears itself into the brain, in acute and accurate tales that should never be forgotten…Anyone wishing to understand the Middle East need only look into the faces of war that Stack renders with exceptional humanity.” —Booklist, starred

A bell-clear, powerful indictment of the debacle of recent Middle Eastern war policy…a scathing look at the human costs of war.” —Kirkus

[A] searing memoir…Stack offers gripping accounts of the sorrows of war, especially of the traumas Afghan and Lebanese civilians endured under American and Israeli bombing, but she also writes evocatively of quieter pathologies: Libya’s jovially sinister totalitarian regime, corruption under Egypt’s quasi-dictatorship, and lyric anti-Semitism at a Yemeni poetry slam…her vivid, atmospheric prose and keen empathy make her a superb observer of the region’s horrific particulars.” —Publishers Weekly

“Stack, a national correspondent for the Los Angeles Times, entered Afghanistan a few weeks after 9/11…[with Every Man in This Village Is a Liar] she wonders when the cost of violence outweighs the promise of freedom and democracy.” —Library Journal