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The Burning Cedars: A Personal Account of a Boy's Life Journey Through The Lebanese Civil War (Volume 1) Paperback – June 21, 2012

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"An epic tale not to be missed"- Book Review

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On the morning of April 13, 1975, the Lebanese civil war got underway and for the next fifteen years, countless broken agreements and cease fires, un-eventful negotiations, foreign "peace keeping" troops, special envoys, US Marines and warships, Israeli Invasions, Arab League accords, International interventions and shifting alliances, all failed to halt the violent massacres, the cruel bloodshed and the total destruction of my country. Its cause was multifaceted yet its effects clear, deliberate and calculated.
With over 200,000 civilian fatalities, one million wounded, 350,000 displaced and over one million fleeing the country, Lebanon, nicknamed "Switzerland of the East" along with its capital Beirut, "Paris of the Middle East," lay in ruin, powerfully disintegrated and effectively polarized.
Among all the ruin and chaos, a small boy and his family miraculously endured and survived to tell their story.
A story of wealth and poverty, of laughter and pain, of holy visions and depression, of sadness and loneliness and of triumph and survival. A family desperately trying to stay alive and stay together against overwhelming odds, hopeless chances and dire circumstances.
I was eleven when the war started yet its effects, memories, sounds and smells will remain forever fixed in my mind. For better or worse, these events and their ensuing effects made me the person I am today.
This is my story of growing up in Lebanon.

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In his debut book, The Burning Cedars,Ramzy provides a poignant and pragmatic account of the Lebanese civil war and ensuing turmoil while candidly unraveling the intricate secrets and at times turbulent relationships of a family whose heartbreaking struggles and emotional triumphs extended over three generations. The unpredictable and surprising turns and twists of each chapter continue to resonate with readers long after the last page has been turned over.
At a time when Lebanon was thrust into the grips of a long and vicious civil war, Ramzy Baroody offers an honest, sometimes tragic, sometimes funny, but always heartfelt view of a fascinating country and its people.
The Burning Cedars follows the life of a young boy, a privileged son whose grandfather, a prominent village doctor amassed great wealth and power only to have it squandered away by his family or destroyed by the war. His grandmother, a powerful and domineering woman whose relationship with his mother could be described as volatile and cruel at best. The distant and un-attentive brother and the unmarried and loving uncle who concealed a deep and unforgiving illness, must all work together as a family to survive the atrocities of the civil war.
In the midst of all the chaos, the author methodically reveals the young boys' struggles with loneliness, fear and sadness, while happier days spent in Egypt and America all come together seamlessly in this fascinating and gripping autobiography, The Burning Cedars.

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