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What Wars Leave Behind: The Faceless and the Forgotten

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ISBN-13: 978-0826220219
ISBN-10: 0826220215
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"J. Malcolm Garcia is the keeper of forgotten stories. He is an invaluable witness and a compassionate observer of today's wars." --Fatima Bhutto, author of Songs of Blood and Sword: A Daughter's Memoir

"I don't know if he's unheralded, but there's a writer named J. Malcolm Garcia who continually astounds me with his energy and empathy. He writes powerful and lyrical nonfiction from Afghanistan, from Buenos Aires, from Mississippi, all of it urgent and provocative. I've been following him wherever he goes." --Dave Eggers, author of The Circle and A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius

“Garcia is an exceptionally powerful voice on behalf of the people about whom he writes. As he illustrates the results of America’s military adventuring, Garcia not only takes us to the physical space of the people who are the victims of our drone attacks, our bombs, and our bullets, but he also goes where few nonfiction writers have the skill to venture—he takes us inside their heads.” –Dale Maharidge, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist

Book Description

In What Wars Leave Behind, J. Malcolm Garcia reveals the stories of the people left behind in the war ravaged countries of Afghanistan, Pakistan, Egypt, Kosovo, Chad, and Syria.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 310 pages
  • Publisher: University of Missouri (June 24, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0826220215
  • ISBN-13: 978-0826220219
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.2 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,846,985 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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An international journalist tells what he saw and experienced amidst major conflicts around the world. Everyday people who manage to survive amidst and in the tragic aftermath of these wars are the focus, heart and soul of Mr. Garcia's stories. His skill, as a reporter, to blend in is far more sympathetic in these stories than objective as he drinks tea in a local cafe, befriends and feeds a cat outside his door, and chats with women who live in graves. He has traveled often on his own dime and time, and has often risked his own life to learn from individual men, women and children how survival has changed their lives. Spots of tension and fear intermingle in this book with elegant descriptions and a genuine and insightful frustration with how to not be taken advantage of and a sincere attempt to learn when it is appropriate and acceptable to help. I was particularly touched by passages in which Malcolm interweaves his own mother's declining health and her endearing individuality and sense of politics along with her limited use of technology. Different worlds, similar threads of humanity.
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