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In a Time of Monsters
In a Time of Monsters

In a Time of Monsters

Travels Through a Middle East in Revolt


320 Pages, 6.25 x 9.25

Formats: Cloth, EPUB, Mobipocket

Cloth, $28.95 (US $28.95) (CA $38.95)

Publication Date: May 2019

ISBN 9781786495600

Rights: US & CA

Atlantic Books, Ltd. (May 2019)
Atlantic Books


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From the author of the highly acclaimed The Unraveling, this story of a British woman traveling through a Middle East in revolt reveals how the Iraq war and the Arab Spring led to ISIS and the Syrian civil war, and caused the flood of refugees into Europe, contributing to the rise of populism in the West

Returning to the UK in September 2010 after serving in Iraq as the political adviser to the top American general, Emma Sky felt no sense of homecoming. She soon found herself back in the Middle East traveling through a region in revolt. In a Time of Monsters bears witness to the demands of young people for dignity and justice during the Arab Spring; the inability of sclerotic regimes to reform; the descent of Syria into civil war; the rise of the Islamic State; and the flight of refugees to Europe. With deep empathy for its people and an extensive understanding of the Middle East, Sky makes a complex region more comprehensible. A great storyteller and observational writer, Sky also reveals the ties that bind the Middle East to the West and how blowback from our interventions in the region contributed to the British vote to leave the European Union and to the election of Donald Trump as president of the United States.


One of the New York Times' 100 Notable Books of 2015 One of the Financial Times' Books of the Year, 2015 A New York Times Editors' Choice A New Statesman [UK] Essential Book of the Year 2015 A Times [UK] Book of the Year 2015

"Sky writes like a novelist, making this ideal recommendation for foreign-affairs-related book clubs hard to set down." --Booklist

"Sky's book becomes a reminder that we are a part of a truly global community and should treat each other with respect and care, regardless of nationality.  --Foreword Reviews

Author Biography

Emma Sky is a Senior Fellow at Yale University's Jackson Institute. She worked in the Middle East for 20 years and was made an Officer of the Order of the British Empire for services in Iraq. Her previous book, The Unraveling: High Hopes and Missed Opportunities in Iraq, was one of the New York Times' 100 Notable Books of 2015, and was shortlisted for both the Samuel Johnson Prize for Nonfiction and the Orwell Prize. She lives in New Haven, Connecticut.