Omar El Akkad: American War


Broadway Books is thrilled to announce that Portland author Omar El Akkad will read from his disturbingly plausible post-apocalyptic debut novel American War (published by Knopf) on Tuesday, May 30th, at 7 pm.

In the book, which opens in Louisiana in 2074, a second American Civil War has erupted over a fossil-fuel ban. El Akkad’s work as a journalist has taken him to the wars in Afghanistan, to Guantanamo Bay, to Egypt during the Arab Springs, and to Ferguson, Missouri, among others. Informed by his years of reporting, the novel portrays environmental catastrophe, biological warfare, refugee camps, suicide bombers, drone strikes, military tribunals, and presidential assassinations, while following the story of Sara T. Chestnut ("Sarat").

 Born in Egypt and raised in Qatar, the author became a Canadian-based journalist and now lives in Portland with his wife and newly arrived baby daughter. "I think one of the things that's been lost in this incredibly polarized world we live in," El Akkad has said, "is the idea that it's possible to understand without taking someone's side. This is a mesmerizingly terrifying novel. But, as El Akkad said in an interview, "One can see the world as it is and still be optimistic about what it could be."



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Tuesday, May 30, 2017 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm
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ISBN: 9780451493583
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Knopf Publishing Group - April 4th, 2017


Omar El Akkad, American War