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Places and Names: On War, Revolution and Returning

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By Ackerman, Elliot

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In a refugee camp in southern Turkey, Elliot Ackerman sits across the table from Abu Hassar, who fought for Al Qaeda in Iraq and whose connections to the Islamic State are murky. At first, Ackerman pretends to have been a journalist during the Iraq War, but after he establishes a... read full description below.

ISBN 9780241355169
Barcode 9780241355169
Published 18 June 2019 by Penguin
Format Hardback
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ISBN-13 9780241355169
ISBN-10 0241355168
Stock Available
Status In stock at publisher; ships 6-12 working days
Publisher Penguin
Imprint Allen Lane
Publication Date 18 June 2019
International Publication Date 11 June 2019
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Hardback
Author(s) By Ackerman, Elliot
Category Biography & Autobiography
World History: Postwar, From C 1945 -
Asian / Middle Eastern History
Military History
Revolutions & Coups
Armed Conflict
Battles & Campaigns
Number of Pages 256
Dimensions Width: 162mm
Height: 240mm
Spine: 26mm
Weight 461g
Interest Age 16+ years
Reading Age 16+ years
Library of Congress Iraq War, 2003-2011 - Personal narratives, American
NBS Text Current Affairs & Issues
ONIX Text General/trade;Professional and scholarly;General/trade
Dewey Code 303.6092
Catalogue Code 984873

Description of this Book

In a refugee camp in southern Turkey, Elliot Ackerman sits across the table from Abu Hassar, who fought for Al Qaeda in Iraq and whose connections to the Islamic State are murky. At first, Ackerman pretends to have been a journalist during the Iraq War, but after he establishes a rapport with Abu Hassar, he reveals that in fact he was a Marine. Ackerman then draws the shape of the Euphrates River on a large piece of paper, and his one-time adversary joins him, filling in the map with the names and dates of where they saw fighting during the war. They discover they had shadowed each other for some time, a realisation that brings them to a strange kind of intimacy. Elliot Ackerman's extraordinary memoir explores how he came to this refugee camp and what he hoped to find there. Moving between his recent experiences on the ground as a journalist in Syria and his Marine deployment in Iraq and Afghanistan, he creates a work of astonishing atmospheric pressure. At once an intensely personal book about the terrible lure of combat and a brilliant meditation on the meaning of the past two decades of strife for America, the region and the world, Places and Names bids to take its place among our greatest books about modern war.

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

NZ Review Elliot Ackerman has done something brave as a writer and even braver as a soldier: He has touched, for real, the culture and soul of his enemy -- Tom Bissell, (The New York Times Book Review) This novel as a whole attests to Mr. Ackerman's breadth of understanding - an understanding not just of the seasonal rhythms of war in Afghanistan and the harsh, unforgiving beauty of that land, not just of the hardships of being a soldier there, but a bone-deep understanding of the toll that a seemingly endless war has taken on ordinary Afghans who have known no other reality for decades. -- Michiko Kakutani, New York Times Green on Blue is harrowing, brutal, and utterly absorbing. With spare prose, Ackerman has spun a morally complex tale of revenge, loyalty, and brotherly love ... a disturbing glimpse into one of the world's most troubled regions. -- Khaled Hosseini, author of The Kite Runner It is a rare writer who is not afraid to deal with the toughest conflicts, ask the hardest questions, show the darkest side of even heroes, and still manage to renew our faith in humanity. -- Elif Shafak, author of The Bastard of Istanbul Places and Names is a brilliant and gripping account of the aftermath of failed wars and revolutions, and of the still burning idealism that smolders in the wreckage. Elliot Ackerman brings a novelist's skill with language, a reporter's eye for detail, and his life experience as a highly decorated Marine veteran of five deployments to bear in this unique and powerful meditation on violence, heroism, and the fracturing of the Middle East. -- Phil Klay, National Book Award winning author of `Redeployment' Places and Names is its own profile in courage: the story of how a Marine turned reporter struggled with the polemics of desolation in the Middle East. Elliot Ackerman is a man of both action and thought, and his book is closely observed, rigorously lived, and clarifying for all of us who have not understood how U.S. policy in the Islamic world went so terribly wrong. -- Andrew Solomon, author of 'Far and Away', 'Far From the Tree', and 'The Noonday Demon' Elliot Ackerman's voice scares me. It's a bit too close for comfort. He sees too much and he knows too much, and that makes him a great guide to today's post-everything Middle East. Read him at your own risk - but ignore this book at your own peril. -- Thomas E. Ricks, author of `Making the Corps,' `Fiasco,' and `Churchill and Orwell' Elliot Ackerman writes beautifully about war - especially the new wars of the Middle East through fiction and now non-fiction. His exceptional memoir is really a double memoir of his own experiences as a Marine and those of a Jihadist fighter he befriends in a refugee camp. The result is a superb, uniqueand unforgettable story of war and death, fear and cruelty, above all the horrors and allure of combat. -- Simon Sebag Montefiore
UK Review Bertrams Star Rating: 3 stars (out of 5)

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Author's Bio

Elliot Ackerman is the author of several novels to include Dark at the Crossing, which was a finalist for the National Book Award, and most recently Waiting for Eden. His writings appear in Esquire, The New Yorker, The Atlantic, and The New York Times Magazine, among other publications, and his stories have been included in The Best American Short Stories and The Best American Travel Writing. He is both a former White House Fellow and Marine, and served five tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan, where he received the Silver Star, the Bronze Star for Valor, and the Purple Heart. He divides his time between New York City and Washington, D.C.

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