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It Happened On the Way to War by Rye Barcott
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Jun 21, 2011

really liked it
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I won this through First Reads. I finished this book a while ago but I have had difficulty formulating my review... Maybe because I felt there was so much to digest?? And maybe that's not negative... It can give you a sense of all that Barcott went through in his seemingly unrelated stints with his NGO, CFK (Carolina for Kibera), and the Marines. Barcott is admirable because he does not give up; he is honest about his struggles. The most important point I took away from this book is his emphasis that things such as nation building and social change require consistency and presence. Whether it's trying to change the lives of those living in Iraq or those living in the largest slum in Nairobi, people need to know that those coming to help them are there for the long haul.

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