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My Brother's Road: An American's Fateful Journey to Armenia Paperback – June 10, 2008


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 344 pages
  • Publisher: I. B. Tauris (June 10, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1845115309
  • ISBN-13: 978-1845115302
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.1 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #651,999 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"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

Book Description

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.
--This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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I am truly enthralled by this book.
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It must be nice to have had such a smart and a brave man as your brother.
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Reading the book helped me understand him better.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Ralph R. Rafaelian on April 6, 2006
Format: Hardcover
The above title are three words that come to mind after reading My Brother's Road. Markar Melkonian puts a human face on an "American-Armenian" legend, noting not only his brother's amazing accomplishments, but also his failings. Never-the-less, this book confirmed the fact that Monte Melkonian deserves the title of a national hero. His selfless ways and unstoppable drive for a cause bigger than himself are deliniated in the context of historical events. In short, one cannot help but admire Monte Melkonian while reading this book.

I thank Makar Melkonian for producing this fitting text about his brother, a revered son of Armenia.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Yeghia Kamrekian on September 23, 2005
Format: Hardcover
This book is one of most moving books I ever read. It is essential for every armenian to read and understand it, you do not have to agree with the view points.
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28 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Bedros Afeyan on March 31, 2005
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In two remarkable books, My Brother's Road and the Right to Struggle, a diasporan Armenian can have the question answered: How could I have helped the Armenian cause? Or in Armenian, `tserkess inch gookar vor?' What could have come from my hands or out of my efforts? Well, Monte Melkonian and his brothers in arms (in this case both literally and figuratively) have answered those questions and these books chronicle their struggles, triumphs and crushing defeats. Whether making fools of themselves, being ruthless killers, misguided dreamers, fanatical believers in a world vision the great majority of their own compatriots do not share, or battle heroes inspiring struggling, make shift armies to better resist and eventually defeat the onslaught of Azeri aggression, these warriors risked it all and in the case of Monte fell at the tender age of thirty-five, by a fluke attack which was anticlimactic, to say the least. Monte Melkonian was Zoravar Antranig (a freedom fighter who operated in the late 19th and early 20th centuries on behalf of imperiled Armenians) and Che Guevara all rolled into one.Read more ›
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By ISS on February 28, 2006
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I really dont know what else to say. This book details his constant resolve to better the Armenian cause. Though it involves conflicts with other Armenians, his focus is for the Armenian nation (past, during the cold war, present, and future).

He literally gave his life for the Armenian people. Though drawn into political conflicts, he was clearly an apolitical nationalist, and a true hero. May God bless his memory, and his brother, who wrote this book.

I thank Monte and Markar for teaching me so much about Armenian history. Like you, Monte, I am reborn and my spirit will rise up like a phoenix. I am more an Armenian, having learned of your life. You gave yourself for (our) my future, and I will always honor you for it.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By R. Kupelian on January 30, 2006
Format: Hardcover
In reading My Brother's Road, one can't help being made aware of the inevitable reciprocity of history. Monte, and others like him, were modern-day Maccabees, that cultural paradox of virtue and brutality, ideological fervor and compassion. To his added credit, Markar does not shy away from discussing the hard realities of the NKR conflict. In the end, that kind of honesty is the least his brother would have required.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By G. Grigorian on March 10, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Excellent account of the recent history of Armenia and its martyrs. A must read for anyone interested in Armenian genocide, the fall of the USSR and the development of war crimes.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Krikor Nichanian on December 28, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Every Armenian and non-Armenian alike should pick up this book and read it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Armen on February 21, 2007
Format: Hardcover
This is a great book. The book is easy to read and has all the information on Monte from the day he was born all the way to his death. It tells us how Monte gave his life to the Armenian nation. After reading the book I sent a thank you later to his brother for writing the book. This is a must read for anybody who is intereted in Armenian Heroes.
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