And Then All Hell Broke Loose: Two Decades in the Middle by Richard Engel

By Richard Engel

"Quick-paced...a exciting experience tale laced with historic context." —Associated Press

Based on 20 years of reporting, NBC's leader overseas correspondent's riveting tale of the center East revolutions, the Arab Spring, conflict, and terrorism visible up-close—sometimes dangerously so.
When he used to be simply twenty-three, a contemporary graduate of Stanford college, Richard Engel trigger to Cairo with $2,000 and goals of being a reporter. almost immediately thereafter he was once operating freelance for Arab information assets and acquired a decision busload of Italian travelers have been massacred at a Cairo museum. this can be his first view of the carnage those years could pile on. Over 20 years Engel has been lower than hearth, blown out of lodge beds, taken hostage. He has watched Mubarak and Morsi in Egypt arrested and condemned, mentioned from Jerusalem, been throughout the Lebanese warfare, coated the entire taking pictures fit in Iraq, interviewed Libyan rebels who toppled Gaddafi, pronounced from Syria as Al-Qaeda stepped in, used to be abducted within the Syrian crosscurrents of battling. He is going into Afghanistan with the Taliban and to Iraq with ISIS. within the page-turning And Then All Hell Broke Loose, he stocks his experience tale.

Engel takes percentages, even though now not reckless ones, retains a degree head and a feeling of humor, in addition to a clutch of heritage within the making. Reporting as NBC's Chief-Foreign Correspondent, he finds his unprecedented entry to the key figures, the gritty infantrymen, and the helpless sufferers within the center East in this watershed time. we will event the unforgettable pain and depression of the neighborhood populations. Engel's vibrant description is intimate and private. Importantly, it's a succinct and authoritative account of the ever-changing currents in that harmful land.

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13 Auckland was shortly to validate 10 ON AFGHANISTAN'S PLAINS the accuracy of this statement. While the governor general and his entourage delighted in tea parties, balls and lawn tennis, some 500 miles to the west events were unfolding that were to eventually bring about Auckland’s downfall in disgrace. Lord Palmerston was one of the first in Government to react to the gathering war clouds over Herat, Afghanistan’s most westerly city, which in 1835 was coming under the threat of Persian attack.

With Burnes’s departure from Kabul, the Government had lost all influence at the court of Dost Mohammed. The emir was nursing a grievance against Ranjit Singh over a dispute that could easily erupt into open warfare, a move Dost Mohammed might consider necessary to appease his Barakzai brethren and save his throne. 26 ON AFGHANISTAN'S PLAINS British India was in urgent need of someone to unravel this Gordian knot. The man to disentangle the quandary with one bold stroke was Lord Palmerston. Britain’s foreign secretary was the progenitor of gunboat diplomacy, the ultimate expression of Empire basking in the illusion of invincibility.

On 28 June 1838 Queen Victoria was crowned in Westminster Abbey. Five months later commenced the first war of her long reign. Though only a girl of nineteen, Victoria was sagacious enough to sense that this part of the world was destined to feature large in the history of her kingdom and hence in her own life. A month after the declaration of war, she requested the Foreign Office to send her a map of Asia. VICTORIA’S FIRST WAR 31 Kaye aptly described Simla as ‘that pleasant hill sanatorium where our Governors General, surrounded by irresponsible advisers, settle the destinies of empires .

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