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The journalistic investigation revealing why so many conflicts occur in remote mountain communities across the globe.
Mountainous regions are home to only ten percent of the world’s population yet host a strikingly disproportionate share of the world’s conflicts. Mountains provide a natural refuge for those who want to elude authority, and their remoteness has allowed archaic practices to persist well into our globalized era.
As Judith Matloff shows, the result is a combustible mix those in the lowlands cannot afford to ignore. Travelling to conflict zones across the world, she introduces us to Albanian teenagers involved in ancient blood feuds; Mexican peasants hunting down violent poppy growers; and Jihadists who have resisted the Russian military for decades. At every stop, Matloff reminds us that the drugs, terrorism, and instability cascading down the mountainside affect us all.
A work of political travel writing in the vein of Ryszard Kapuscinski and Robert Kaplan, The War is in the Mountains is an indelible portrait of the conflicts that have unexpectedly shaped our world.
'Impressive and necessary… Matloff approaches her topic with a magic combination of wisdom and empathy, and it is impossible to not be moved' Booklist
'A brave, engaging, keenly observant guide… reveals the rich, surprising, and perplexing life of places too often diminished by the flat imagery of war' Sheri Fink, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author of Five Days at Memorial and War Hospital
'Told with a sense of drama by someone who has clearly done her fieldwork' Yi-Fu Tuan, author of Romantic Geography
'Matloff's book is an indefatigable journalistic exploration of how mountains shape, sustain, and even determine war and culture around the world. Her argument, which her reporting makes undeniable, is at once obvious and original' Robert D. Kaplan, author of The Revenge of Geography
'Matloff has delivered a vital, deeply revealing book of political travelogue and intrepid correspondence. She is the ideal witness - learned, dogged, skeptical, but always listening out for new and credible voices. This is classical international journalism of the highest order' Steve Coll, author of Ghost Wars
'Vistas, vainglory, vengeance and violence mark Judith Matloff’s engaging voyage across mountainous terrains. She reports with empathy on religious charities, anthropologists, guerrillas, and state armies all attempting to pacify some of the world’s least governed spaces' David D. Laitin, professor of political science at Stanford University, author of Nations, States and Violence
'Fascinating… in the great tradition of political travel writing of Ryszard Kauscinski and Robert Kaplan’ The Hindu
‘Impressive… an important book...essential reading' Nudge Books
‘A fascinating examination of why the world’s mountainous regions are home to so much discord’ Military History Monthly
'A fascinating, informative and compassionate tour of some of the more scenic and rarefied trouble spots' TLS
PRAISE FOR THE AUTHOR:
‘Matloff is a writing pro, sprightly and thorough in her characterizations’ Publishers Weekly
‘Matloff’s sense of humor, clear reportage and zest for adventure never fails’ Bob Drogin, author of Curveball