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Eclipse of the Sunnis: Power, Exile, and Upheaval in the Middle East Hardcover – March 9, 2010
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"Deborah Amos stuck around to trace the fallout from the Iraq War after most other journalists had moved on. And she already had decades of experience in the region under her belt. This commitment to the story has allowed her to see the war in its true historical context: as a Middle Eastern earthquake that will forever change the power equation between Sunnis and Shia, and as a vast human tragedy. These are not abstractions in ‘Eclipse of the Sunnis’: Amos’ intelligence and heart as a reporter make the fate of Iraq’s millions of refugees unforgettably intimate.”
Bob Carey, vice president of Resettlement and Migration Policy at the International Rescue Committee; chair of Refugee Council USA
“A compelling book. Deborah Amos documents the collapse of a rich culture and society and violence behind the creation of a global diaspora. Amos movingly details the human toll of the war. She gives a face and a voice to the hundreds of thousands of refugees who are the forgotten collateral damage of the conflict.”
“Memo to President Obama: Take this book with you to Camp David for the weekend. Then insist your foreign policy and national security teams read it, and schedule a time to test them orally on their retention. The reporting here contains the seeds of our future in Iraq and the Middle East.”
“Millions of Iraqis, mostly Sunnis, [have] fled the country, creating a refugee crisis that has only recently been acknowledged as such by the U.S. government…. Amos deftly examines the political and cultural consequences of the marginalization of the Sunnis while focusing on individual Iraqis who have fled to such countries as Syria and Lebanon in the wake of a new sectarian and tribal-based order in Iraq…. Amos’s breathtaking work implicates not only shortsighted American policy but the age-old schism between Sunni and Shia and the cagey maneuverings of such meddling neighbors as Syria. The weight and complexity of the Iraqi problem is on full display, with shreds of hope pushing through the layers like scrub in the desert.”
Trudy Rubin, Philadelphia Inquirer
“Poignant… Powerful…. Amos is a skillful writer and a perceptive analyst…. Eclipse of the Sunnis is persuasive and very well written.”
Brian Till, Atlantic.com
More About the Author
Deborah Amos's reports can be heard on NPR's award-winning Morning Edition, All Things Considered, and Weekend Edition. For a decade she reported for television news, including ABC's Nightline and World News Tonight and the PBS programs NOW with Bill Moyers and Frontline. Amos has won many awards, including the Edward Weintal Prize for Diplomatic Reporting in 2009. She spent 1991-1992 as a Nieman Fellow at Harvard University, and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. She lives in New York City.
Top Customer Reviews
This is a nice thoughtful book about the reality of religion in the Middle East. The continued conflict between Shiite and Sunni will continue to plague the world for many years.
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As I volunteer with Iraqui families through Catholic Charities Refugee Relief in New Mexico, I found the book vital to my work.Published 19 months ago by beeswax
An interesting review of the shiite ascendency underway in the middle east. The book is somewhat dated since it was published before the start of the Arab Spring and the Syrian... Read morePublished on December 2, 2013 by Tenchi in DC
I found the book very well written; I ordered her other book. It gave me a lot of insight into the Sunni's and the Shiites I'd never had before.Published on November 7, 2013 by Patricia F. Dizmang
An interesting book which is a good help in understanding the history of Iraq and the consequences of the war.Published on October 30, 2010 by Garden Bird