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In the Moment of Greatest Calamity: Terrorism, Grief, and a Victim's Quest for Justice
On August 7, 1998, bombs exploded at two United States embassies in East Africa. American anthropologist Susan Hirsch and her husband Jamal, a Kenyan, were among the thousands of victims, and Jamal died. From there, Hirsch went on to face devastating grief with the help of friends and families on two continents, observing the mourning rituals of her husband's community to ...more
Hardcover, 296 pages
Published October 8th 2006 by Princeton University Press
(first published September 18th 2006)
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The author goes to great extent to argue that this book is not about her personal story or journey toward healing, when in fact it is clearly, primarily, about her own personal healing. I think it would have been bolder of her to argue for the legitimacy of her personal experience and celebrate her lack of objectivity while making some valid and critical observations. Put the screws to the patriarchal version of " objective science." I think if the book would have been framed more honestly in th ...more