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In a Time of Monsters: Travels Through a Middle East in Revolt

4.39  ·  Rating details ·  18 ratings  ·  7 reviews
Returning to the UK in September 2010 after serving in Iraq as the political adviser to the top American general, Emma Sky felt no sense of homecoming. She soon found herself back in the Middle East traveling through a region in revolt. In a Time of Monsters bears witness to the demands of young people for dignity and justice during the Arab Spring; the inability of sclero ...more
Paperback, 320 pages
Expected publication: May 15th 2019 by Atlantic Books
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Antenna
Mar 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
Encouraged to read this by Emma Sky’s sharp analysis in BBC radio interviews of the unintended consequences of the Iraq War, I realised too late that to find out more about her role as political advisor to the American commander General Ray Odierno in its aftermath, enabling her to give damning evidence at the Chilcot Enquiry, I should have started with her book “The Unravelling”.

“In a Time of Monsters” proves as is often the case with travel books to be very anecdotal and episodic, often reveal
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Andrew
Mar 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Essential insight into the Middle East

Emma Sky writes in a fluid way, linking her work and travels around the Middle East with the politics, and wars in the region. She also considers the knock on effects in Europe and the rest of the world. Revealed to the reader is the human side of the Arabs, Muslims, and folk who populate this far away landscape, coming across positively we see aspects of their daily lives and how they are connected to us. We are also informed about the environmental, social
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Noreen
Feb 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
In a Time of Monsters is a fantastic book detailing the stories of Emma Sky, a former advisor to an American General in Iraq, as she travels throughout the Middle East following the Arab Spring.

Sky does a fantastic job of describing each country's political situation, going through important points in recent and sometimes more distant history in order for the reader to understand the current situation. As someone not overly familiar with the Middle East, I found her style of relaying informatio
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Readerready
Feb 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I was looking forward to reading ‘In a time of monsters’ from the moment I saw it. Though initially I thought the price was a bit much, after reading this book I no longer think that, it was a brilliant insight into the troubles of the Middle East from someone who has been there, travelled, and met many people, I dare say it’s worth the money. This book flowed, it was wrote well, and was very informative, with some pictures to accompany the writing a must read for anyone interested in politics, ...more
Alwaysreading
Feb 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book was a wonderful insight into this awful situation and I found it very informative. I had not expected for it to be so well detailed and in-depth with regards to knowledge without appearing biased in anyway. The writing was really good and everythingwas well explained without being too flowery. In addition to this the topics discussed were well explained so rarely found myself googling certain topics.

All in all the book was very well written and I found it to be insightful into this is
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Alanna Fowler
Feb 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I read this book in one sitting because it was so captivating. Emma Sky is an inspiring woman who is open minded to the truths of the world. some of the places she went were so dangerous yet she still managed to strike up good and interesting conversations with people from all backgrounds. From the very beginning of the book I was hooked. Emma and her friend are in a bar in Egypt and something very sinister and back door happens all because she was there. My other favorite part of the book was w ...more
Riddhi Ved
Feb 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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