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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (352 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Megan Stack Narrator: Dana Green Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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A shattering account of war and disillusionment from a young woman reporter on the front lines of the war on terror. 

A few weeks after the planes crashed into the World Trade Center on 9/11, journalist Megan Stack, a  twenty-five-year-old national correspondent for the Los Angeles Times, was thrust into Afghanistan and Pakistan, dodging gunmen and prodding warlords for information. From there, she traveled to war-ravaged Iraq and Lebanon and other countries scarred by violence, including Israel, Egypt, Libya, and Yemen, witnessing the changes that swept the Muslim world and laboring to tell its stories. 

Every Man in This Village Is a Liar is Stack’s riveting account of what she saw in the combat zones and beyond. She relates her initial wild excitement and her slow disillusionment as the cost of violence outweighs the elusive promise of freedom and democracy. She reports from under bombardment in Lebanon; records the raw pain of suicide bombings in Israel and Iraq; and, one by one, marks the deaths and disappearances of those she interviews. 

Beautiful, savage, and unsettling, Every Man in This Village Is a Liar is a memoir about the wars of the twenty-first century that readers will long remember.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Journalist Megan Stack sheds the customary pretenses of her profession to show us—with blistering eloquence and her own raw nerves laid bare—war’s impact on the non-combatants who bear the brunt of its horrors. You’ll be thinking about this book long after you turn the final page.”

    Jon Krakauer, New York Times bestselling author of Where Men Win Glory

  • “[An] extraordinary book: Stack removes all the usual nonsense from war reporting. What you read here is the truth, gorgeously rendered in shimmering sentences but unrelenting all the same.”

    Joe Klein, New York Times bestselling author of The Natural

  • “An electrifying book…[Megan Stack] shows us what war and terror have done to humanity in the twenty-first century. Read it if you have the courage to care about your country, its allies, and its enemies.” 

    Tim Weiner, New York Times bestselling author of Legacy of Ashes

  • “For readers frustrated with cold and unfeeling news coverage, Megan K. Stack’s Every Man in This Village Is a Liar will serve as a much-needed antidote…Personal and impassioned…Refreshingly candid and undeniably affecting.”

    San Francisco Chronicle

  • “A moving and unsettling account of war reporting in the age of terror…Brave and engaged.” 

    Los Angeles Times

  • “Above and beyond the twenty-four-hour news chatter, opaque papers, and truncated press reports, stands Megan K. Stack’s glittering Every Man in This Village is a Liar.”

    Christian Science Monitor

  • “A piercing take on what it’s like to be a female correspondent in today’s Middle East.”


  • “Bracing…Of lasting importance.”


  • “Stack’s book may be the best account yet of the so-called ‘War on Terror.’”

    Independent (London)

  • “A brave and beautifully written book…[Stack] conveys is a war without direction and so badly managed that it has left in its wake a string of shattered societies across the globe.”

    Sunday Times (London)

  • “Evocative…with her fine journalistic eye, [Stack captures] what she sees and hears and [presents] it alongside enough taut analysis to move her accounts beyond the merely factual.”

    Guardian (London)

  • “Without stories like Stack’s, war becomes impersonal and easy to gloss over, relegated to page two. These stories—personal and vulnerable—are meaningful, if for no other reason than they force us to look again.” 

    Minneapolis Star-Tribune

  • “[Stack’s] vivid, atmospheric prose and keen empathy make her a superb observer of the region's horrific particulars.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Anyone wishing to understand the Middle East need only look into the faces of war that Stack renders with exceptional humanity—the bombers as well as the bureaucrats, the rebels and the refugees, the victors and the victims.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • “A bell-clear, powerful indictment of the debacle of recent Middle Eastern war policy.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • Nominated for the Barnes & Noble Discover Award
  • A 2010 National Book Award Finalist

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Dagneyms | 2/11/2014

    " I absolutely loved this book! Her descriptions and emotions brought the middle east and the war alive. Definitely work a read! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Vickie | 2/10/2014

    " This book is an incredible view of war from a reporters viewpoint - graphic but very believable. read it! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Zack | 2/1/2014

    " This book was from the point of view of a journalist beginning right after 9/11 happened. She was sent to Afghanistan to report from the front lines and continued into Iraq, Lybia and Egypt. Some of the details might be on the extreme side for some, but they are necessary for her story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Stuart | 1/28/2014

    " It's well worth reading, if you don't mind the occasional passage of purple prose. The pluses far out-weigh the negatives, however. Stack gives the reader a different, and more personal, perspective than do most media reports from "the region." "

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