By Richard Engel
"Quick-paced...a exciting experience tale laced with historic context." —Associated Press
Based on twenty years of reporting, NBC's leader international correspondent's riveting tale of the center East revolutions, the Arab Spring, warfare, and terrorism visible 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 desires of being a reporter. almost immediately thereafter he used to be operating freelance for Arab information resources and bought a choice busload of Italian travelers have been massacred at a Cairo museum. this can be his first view of the carnage those years may pile on. Over twenty years Engel has been lower than hearth, blown out of lodge beds, taken hostage. He has watched Mubarak and Morsi in Egypt arrested and condemned, pronounced from Jerusalem, been throughout the Lebanese conflict, lined the full taking pictures fit in Iraq, interviewed Libyan rebels who toppled Gaddafi, pronounced from Syria as Al-Qaeda stepped in, was once abducted within the Syrian crosscurrents of battling. 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 experience tale.
Engel takes possibilities, notwithstanding no longer reckless ones, retains a degree head and a feeling of humor, in addition to a clutch of historical past within the making. Reporting as NBC's Chief-Foreign Correspondent, he unearths his extraordinary entry to the most important figures, the gritty infantrymen, and the helpless sufferers within the heart East in this watershed time. we will be able to adventure the unforgettable discomfort and depression of the neighborhood populations. Engel's brilliant description is intimate and private. Importantly, it's a succinct and authoritative account of the ever-changing currents in that harmful land.
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724–43), is said to have greatly regretted his nomination as heir, and al-Tabari sums up the situation in the following tart lines: We have already given some account of al-Walid b. Yazid, mentioning his immorality, his wantonness and his ﬂippant and frivolous attitude towards religion before he became caliph. 7 A Stormy Sea 2 More seriously, al-Walid’s negligence triggered disputes within the family, his own murder by his cousin Yazid and fatal internecine strife, but it would be quite unfair to ignore the underlying reasons for the replacement of the Umayyads by the ‘Abbasids.
In 748 they captured Kufa, a garrison town with historically strong ‘Alid sympathies, but the Umayyads retaliated by arresting and killing the head of the ‘Abbasid clan, Ibrahim b. Muhammad, whose identity was probably betrayed by a disgruntled revolutionary. For a brief moment, supporters of the ‘Alids and ‘Abbasids competed for control of the revolution but in 749 ‘Abbasid agents successfully put forward Ibrahim’s brother, Abu’l-‘Abbas, as the new caliph. 9 It is also true that the assumption of power by the better-known descendants of ‘Ali and Fatima would not have beneﬁted Abu Muslim, who was the real leader of the Khurasani armies, and he remained committed to the ‘Abbasids.
Both the Almoravids and Almohads battled the rising power of Catholic Castile and Aragon on Islam’s western frontier while the Latin Crusades to the Holy Land commenced in the 090s. In the west, the great Muslim cities of Toledo (085), Cordoba (236) and Seville (248) passed permanently into Christian hands. In the east, the Muslims turned the Christian tide and the Latins were ﬁnally expelled from Syria in 29, 33 years after the death of the last ‘Abbasid caliph in Baghdad, when the universal caliphate had become the stuﬀ of legend and deep nostalgia.
And Then All Hell Broke Loose: Two Decades in the Middle East by Richard Engel