Author(s): Janine Di Giovanni
In May of 2012, Janine di Giovanni travelled to Syria, marking the beginning of a long relationship with the country, as she began reporting from both sides of the conflict, through its descent into bloody war. Drawn to the stories of the ordinary people caught up in the fighting, Syria came to consume her every moment, her every emotion. Speaking to those directly involved in the war, di Giovanni relays here the personal stories of rebel fighters thrown in jail at the least provocation; of children and families forced to watch loved ones taken and killed by regime forces with dubious justifications; and the stories of the elite, holding pool parties in Damascus hotels, trying to deny the human consequences of the nearby shelling. Delivered with passion, fearlessness and sensitivity, The Morning They Came for Us is an unflinching account of a nation on the brink of disintegration - and an unforgettable testament to human resilience in the face of unimaginable horrors.
A searing, intimate account of the conflict in Syria by someone uniquely equipped to tell the story from the inside
Janine di Giovanni has described war in a way that almost makes me think it never needs to be described again Sebastian Junger One of our generations finest foreign correspondents Daily Telegraph Few writers can match her evocations of individual suffering in wartime Newsweek Di Giovanni is a war reporter whose courage is matched only by her compassion for her subjects Evening Standard
Janine di Giovanni has reported on war for over 20 years. She has written seven books, including the critically acclaimed Madness Visible, The Place at the End of the World, and, most recently, a biography of the Magnum Photographer Eve Arnold. She is the Middle East Editor of Newsweek, a contributing editor for Vanity Fair and a regular contributor to the New York Times, Granta and Harper's among many others. A frequent foreign policy analyst on British, American and French television, she has won many awards including Granada Television's Foreign Correspondent of the Year Award, the National Magazine Award, two Amnesty International Media Awards, and the Spear's Memoir of the Year Award for Ghosts by Daylight. She is a Fred Pakis scholar in International Affairs at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, has served as the president of the jury of the Prix Bayeux for war reporters and is a media leader at the World Economic Forum, Davos. She lives in Paris with her son. www.janinedigiovanni.com @janinedigi