"Monte Melkonian's death left us with a riddle. How could a boy from California's heartland become a terrorist in the eyes of the FBI and a saint in the soul of a faraway nation? Who better to take up that riddle than his older brother, Markar? From the fruit fields of the San Joaquin Valley to the killing fields of the Caucasus, he brings home an unforgettable memoir."--Mark Arax, author of In My Father's Name, Staff Writer for the Los Angeles Times
"An astonishing book...Melkonian's adventures read like a modern odyssey. 'My Brother's Road' gives a little meaning to a life of political extremism. It sweeps aside the polarised views of this complicated figure, presenting him neither as complete hero nor complete villain. In the end we are left simply with a man who found it impossible to live impassively in the shadow of his people's calamity, the Armenian Genocide, and who sacrificed everything to try and correct the wrongs of the past."--Philip Marsden, author of the award-winning The Crossing Place: A Journey among the Armenians
"With a brother's memory and a philosopher's keen judgement, Melkonian reanimates a truly remarkable life."--Nancy Kricorian, author of Zabelle and Dreams of Bread and Fire
"A searing and unforgettable testimony of the revolt against justice denied. This is an excellent book, well-written, and driven by a sense of commitment which never overshoots into sentimentality or chauvinism."--Christopher Walker
Raised in California, Monte Melkonian was denounced in the U.S. and Europe as a terrorist, while in Armenia he was a hero who led a force of 4000 men to victory in Azerbaijan. Markar Melkonian spent seven years uncovering the truth about his brother's life and death. The story of a long journey and short life, this book reminds us of the human costs when violence is used to correct crimes of the past.
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