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I Was Told to Come Alone

My Journey Behind the Lines of Jihad

by Souad Mekhennet

I Was Told to Come Alone by Souad Mekhennet
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    Jun 2017, 368 pages

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A compelling memoir by a Washington Post reporter as she navigated the frontlines of the clash between the West and the Islamic world.

As a teenager, German writer Souad Mekhennet saw the movie All the President's Men, an American film starring Dustin Hoffman and Robert Redford as journalists who exposed criminal activity that eventually led to the resignation of President Richard Nixon. "Look at this," she thought, "Journalism can change things." Inspired, she cut out a photo of the actors standing in the newsroom and hung it on her bedroom door, determined to emulate the real-life reporters they portrayed. She achieved her dream, becoming a well-respected journalist and eventually working for the Washington Post. Her memoir, I Was Told to Come Alone, describes her life from childhood through her recent assignments in territories controlled by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS).

Mekhennet realized early on that she was in a unique position. Although she was born in Germany, her parents were immigrants ...

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