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Finished Reading "Black Wave" by Kim Ghattas

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I just finished a great book by Kim Ghattas called Black Wave

The book begins just before the 1979 Iranian Revolution and works through most of the countries in the Middle Eastern region, concluding with the horrific murder of Journalist Jamal Khashoggi which was carried out inside the Saudi Embassy in Turkey.

One of the great things about this book is, while it has plenty of heroes and villains, it doesn't turn any one nation or group into a hero or a villain.

Instead it highlights the struggles of the people in the region and celebrates the brave men and women who have sacrificed everything in some cases for the betterment of their friends and families. While at the same time not letting any government or religious group off the hook for the part they've played in tragedies that have unfolded over the last several decades.

This is not a comprehensive history of the region, it’s more of a narrative story working through the time period from the late 1970’s through 2018. The book visits several countries as it works its way through that time period - Egypt, Lebanon, Palestine, Syria, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Iran, and Pakistan.

As someone who knows very little about this part of the world I learned a lot from this short book and spent a ton of time poking around Google Maps to get a better understanding of places the book discusses.