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This eye-opening book by the prize-winning journalist Rania Abouzeid tells the tragedy of the Syrian War through the dramatic stories of four young people seeking safety and freedom in a shattered country. Beginning with the first rumblings of dissent in 2011, No Turning Back dissects the tangle of ideologies and allegiances that make up the Syrian conflict and shows the unravelling of a nation: peaceful protests in Damascus collapsing into violence, families on both sides shattered by nighttime shellings, and religious conviction sharpened by rage to a radical point. Abouzeid brings readers deep inside Assad’s prisons, to covert meetings where foreign states and organizations manipulated the rebels, and to the highest levels of Islamic militancy and the formation of ISIS. Based on more than five years of clandestine reporting on the front lines, No Turning Back is an utterly engrossing human drama full of vivid, indelible characters that shows how hope can flourish even amid one of the twenty-first century’s greatest humanitarian disasters.
Rania Abouzeid, a New America Class of 2016-2017 Fellow, has reported from the Middle East and South Asia for over a decade and is currently a freelance journalist based in Beirut. Her work has appeared in TIME magazine, The New Yorker, Foreign Affairs, National Geographic, Politico, and other outlets, both print and television. She is the recipient of the 2015 Michael Kelly Award, the 2014 George Polk Award for foreign reporting, and the 2013 Kurt Schork Award in International Journalism among other honors, which include fellowships at the European Council on Foreign Relations and Columbia University’s Dart Center. Abouzeid is a graduate of the University of Melbourne, Australia.
She will be in conversation with Robert L. McKenzie, Senior Fellow & Founding Director of the Muslim Diaspora Initiative at New America. Reception to follow the discussion.
This event is free. Registration is required through New America. Books will be available for sale and signing.