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In A Time Of Monsters by Emma Sky

In A Time Of Monsters

Travels Through a Middle East in Revolt

Emma Sky

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Imprint: Atlantic Books
Publisher: Atlantic Books
Publication date: 7 Feb 2019
ISBN: 9781786495600

The story of a British woman travelling through a Middle East in revolt; it reveals how the Iraq war and the Arab Spring led to ISIS and the Syrian civil war, and caused the flood of refugees into Europe, contributing to the rise of populism in the West.

4 stars out of 5
13 Feb 2019

"The former political adviser dines with sheikhs and stays with ambassadors to grasp how a generation let down the Middle East"

In a Time of Monsters – the title is taken from the Italian Marxist theorist Antonio Gramsci – also recounts a powerful personal story as Sky struggles with the banality of life after the intensity of her time in Iraq as well as the deep ambivalence she clearly feels about her work there. “All that effort and then to see it all unravel,” she said in a 2015 interview.

The book’s final pages speak of hope and humanity. We are all travellers on this voyage through life and are connected by our common search for meaning, significance and happiness, Sky says, and makes a heartfelt appeal for empathy, collaboration and cooperation among communities, peoples and states.