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The Honored Dead: A Story of Friendship, Murder, and the Search for Truth in the Arab World

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The Arab Islamic world is known for religious extremism, ethnic conflicts, and, now, the overthrow of seemingly unshakable regimes—but if anything has become clear, it’s that our understanding of the region remains shrouded and incomplete. The seeds of revolution, radicalism, and—possibly—reform are buried in the individual stories of millions of people whose lives determi ...more
Hardcover, 336 pages
Published June 14th 2011 by Spiegel & Grau
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I'm mixed about this book. I love non-fiction and what I'd call literary true crime - a book where a crime is placed in context. TJ English does this really well, particularly in his new book, The Savage City. This was also appealing because of the setting and the broader context of crime in the Arab world. It does this admirably, but left me cold.

There is a good explication of Arab culture and the rules of Moroccan societies, but it seems to float underneath larger and more Western judgment - t
The author shares a journey through some of the complexities of modern society in the Islamic world, in a well written, thought provoking, at times introspective, informative and entertaining book.

I found the author to be a compellingly honest and unabashedly human, and it added a lot in my opinion. He talks about himself, his failings, and his uncommon experiences that make him, I think, uniquely qualified to write this book. He deals with the(I guess I can call it an) East vs West confrontatio
This is a multi-layered book that in many ways defies categorization. Braude is an Iraqi-Jewish-American, Yale educated journalist embedded in a Casablanca police precinct at the time of a murder. At the behest of the victim’s best friend, he agrees to conduct his own investigation of the crime.

Both Braude’s personal history and the history of Morocco, and its Jewish community, are pivotal in this book. While still a student, Braude used his knowledge of Arabic, Persian, Hebrew, French and Near
Zohar -
“The Hon­ored Dead: A Story of Friend­ship, Mur­der, and the Search for Truth in the Arab World” by Joseph Braude is a non­fic­tion book about the author’s expe­ri­ence being embed­ded with a Moroc­can secu­rity squad.

Jour­nal­ist Joseph Braude has spent sev­eral month embed­ded in a Moroc­can police precinct in Casablanca. The city of Casablanca has many issues (beside star crossed lovers run­ning away from the Vichy rep­re­sen­ta­tives and Nazis) drug car­tels, al-Qaeda cells as well as crimes
A journalist, Joseph Braude, learns of a murder and attempts to discover the reason behind the homicide. However, Moroccan officials stop him at every turn. Will he discover why an apparently innocent man died?

Personally, I had to constantly force myself to make my way through this book. The Honored Dead constantly goes on random tangents. While these tangents are informative, they drag the story to a screeching halt. Furthermore, the story is a bit unbelievable. The protagonist bases his entire
Ann Coulis
This was an interesting and well written book about the author's time in Morocco as a journalist embedded with the police force in Casablanca. I'm acquainted with Joseph Braude, and this is the first time I've read a book written by someone I know. It provides some insight into him as a person, which I found very insightful. I also see a bit of an imprint of another organization with which I'm well acquainted in his approach to the problems he encounters and his description of the struggles Moro ...more
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Fascinating look at a police state, in a country that is moderately "in transition" from the inside; but really from the outside since as an observer you can only go so deep. I will look for more from this author.
Desiree Monges
When I received the book I had a different idea as to what to expect. So far I have enjoyed the book. I am fascinated by the stories it has. It helps give a better look into the Arab world and their beliefs. We see the differences in the way they determine justice and the way we go about dealing with it. You have a better knowledge of how important the idea of "peace" is for people in those lands. I am still reading the book and after looking at some of the other reviews it is clear hat the auth ...more
This book is about an American who is embedded with a criminal unit in Morocco and becomes involved in a murder investigation that the Moroccan authorities are trying to cover up for social, political and religious reasons. It delves deep into the issues of religion, ethnic identity and socio-economic conditions and the current political environment of the Arab world. Also, the author has the challenge of being a person of the jewish faith with Iraqi heritage his religion is an interesting part ...more
I found this to be a strange book. Certainly the description of Moroccan life and culture alone was worth the effort. Yet the main story of the book ends with a fizzle - realistic perhaps but not very satisfying.

I also found myself wondering about the author. I am not one to judge, my personal experience being so limited, but it seemed to me that he shows poor judgement bordering on the suicidal. I am amazed that no-one attacked him for sticking his nose in a potentially dangerous business.
"...After several attempts, I have determined I cannot do justice to this book, so please forgive my messy attempt at reviewing a book of this magnitude..." My full review may be read on my book review blog Rundpinne.
I really enjoyed this book. It sometimes felt as if the author attempted to give almost too much contextual background, but the story was very interesting and provided a very insightful look into life and law in the middle east that I would otherwise have not been exposed to.
Elizabeth Theiss
I love Morocco for its ancient streets, it warm people and it's sheer foreignness. The Honored Dead allowed me to experience the dark side of its culture and learn a bit more about its police "procedures."
Lynette Thompson
This a very good book to read. I did like his work. A very good read.
Steven Farmer
Very good read so far.
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