Fractured Lands

  • by Scott Anderson
  • Narrated by Scott Anderson
  • 5 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

From the best-selling author of Lawrence in Arabia, a piercing account of how the contemporary Arab world came to be riven by catastrophe since the 2003 United States invasion of Iraq.
In 2011 a series of antigovernment uprisings shook the Middle East and North Africa in what would become known as the Arab Spring. Few could predict that these convulsions, initially hailed in the West as a triumph of democracy, would give way to brutal civil war, the terrors of the Islamic State, and a global refugee crisis.
But, as New York Times best-selling author Scott Anderson shows, the seeds of catastrophe had been sown long before. In this gripping account, Anderson examines the myriad complex causes of the region's profound unraveling, tracing the ideological conflicts of the present to their origins in the United States invasion of Iraq in 2003 and beyond. From this investigation emerges a rare view into a land in upheaval through the eyes of six individuals - the matriarch of a dissident Egyptian family; a Libyan Air Force cadet with divided loyalties; a Kurdish physician from a prominent warrior clan; a Syrian university student caught in civil war; an Iraqi activist for women's rights; and an Iraqi day laborer turned ISIS fighter.
A probing and insightful work of reportage, Fractured Lands offers a penetrating portrait of the contemporary Arab world and brings the stunning realities of an unprecedented geopolitical tragedy into crystalline focus.


What the Critics Say

"Fantastic." (PBS Newshour)
"A mammoth undertaking.... A fascinating look into the region's history, the forces of tribalism, and the global implications of an Arab world in revolt." (Charlie Rose)


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Customer Reviews

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Timely and a must to listen to!

While disturbing this was very enlightening and I see how tribalism on any scale can create stifled beliefs and no exposure to outside influence. This becomes ripe for corruption.
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- becky robbins


Nice to read about a problem from an insider's perspective. Heart wrenching. So glaring the opportunities we have here in America and the safety we enjoy.
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Book Details

  • Release Date: 05-02-2017
  • Publisher: Random House Audio