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By Sebastian Junger

From America’s maximum chronicler of existence lived at its extremes and the bestselling writer of "The excellent Storm," "War," and "A dying in Belmont" comes a unprecedented paintings of fiction, an intimate, brutal account of a tender American journalist attempting to live to tell the tale his most up-to-date assignment.

Daniel desired to break out the Midwest and its small-town newspapers, yet he didn’t join this: a war-torn West African urban strung in barbed twine, its embassies deserted, baby squaddies brandishing weapons within the streets. Andre, the veteran photographer Daniel is paired with, is acquainted with all of it—the jungle, the locals, and particularly the attendant dangers of overlaying war—and pushes them to move deeper into the clash, to get to front traces. but in a conflict like this, there aren't any trustworthy strains of protection. Western principles don't observe, and atrocity is color-blind. simply while Daniel thinks he’s confident his fearless associate to retreat, they come at what may be the finish of the line for either one of them.

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No new ambassador had been named, so Laingen was the top American official in Tehran. He was no Iran expert, but he had served in the city more than a quarter century earlier as a young foreign officer in the heady days after Kermit Roosevelt’s legendary coup, when he had learned enough Farsi to hold simple conversations. Languages did not come as easily to Laingen as they did to some of those on his staff. His assignment now was to begin a dialogue with the country’s new rulers and convince them that the despised United States, despite its close ties to the toppled monarchy, was ready to accept the new Iran.

S. embassy in Tehran was a glimpse of something new and bewildering. It was the first battle in America’s war against militant Islam, a conflict that would eventually engage much of the world. Iran’s revolution wasn’t just a localized power struggle; it had tapped a subterranean ocean of Islamist outrage. For half a century the tradition-bound peoples of the Middle and Near East, owning most of the world’s oil resources, had been regarded as little more than valuable pawns in a worldwide competition between capitalist democracy and communist dictatorship.

Writing the new constitution was the Assembly of Experts, made up of select members of the Revolutionary Command Council, but beyond all this there were further layers of power and connection, shadowy factions, plots, and maneuvers that no one could fully fathom. Taleghani was the most recent prominent victim of these treacherous, shifting waters. He had advocated keeping mosque and state separate, a concept now opposed by the imam. Because he was widely revered, his opinion was dangerous. His family insisted his murder had been arranged by the clergy, but nothing was certain.

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