Every Man in This Village is a Liar: an education in war
A few weeks after the planes crashed into the World Trade Center on 9/11, journalist Megan Stack, a 25-year-old national correspondent for the Los Angeles Times, was thrust into Afghanistan and Pakistan, dodging gunmen and prodding warlords for information. From there, she travelled to war-ravaged Iraq and Lebanon and to other countries scarred by violence, including Israel, Egypt, Libya, and Yemen, witnessing the changes that swept the Muslim world, and striving to tell its stories. Every Man in This Village Is a Liar is Megan Stack's unique and breathtaking account of what she saw in the combat zones and beyond. She relates her initial wild excitement and her slow disillusionment as the cost of violence outweighs the elusive promise of freedom and democracy. She reports from under bombardment in Lebanon; documents the growth of unusual friendships; records the raw pain of suicide bombings in Israel and Iraq; and, one by one, marks the deaths and disappearances of those she interviews. Beautiful, savage, and unsettling, this is a deeply human memoir about the wars of the 21st century. It is an indispensable book of our times.
Megan Stack has reported on war, terrorism, and political Islam from 22 countries since 2001. She was awarded the 2006 Overseas Press Club of America's Hal Boyle Award for best newspaper reporting from abroad, and she was also a finalist for the 2007 Pulitzer Prize in International Reporting for her Iraq coverage. After many years in the Middle East, Stack is now Moscow bureau chief for the Los Angeles Times.