Winner of the Overseas Press Club of America's Cornelius Ryan Award
Finalist for the Lionel Gelber Prize
“Rania Abouzeid has produced a work of stunning reportage from the very heart of the conflict, daring to go to the most dangerous places in order to get the story.” —Dexter Filkins, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Forever War
Award-winning journalist Rania Abouzeid dissects the tangle of ideologies and allegiances that make up the Syrian conflict through the dramatic stories of four young people seeking safety and freedom in a shattered country. Hailed by critics, No Turning Back masterfully “[weaves] together the lives of protestors, victims, and remorseless killers at the center of this century’s most appalling human tragedy” (Robert F. Worth). Based on more than five years of fearless, clandestine reporting, No Turning Back brings readers deep inside Bashar al-Assad’s prisons, to covert meetings where foreign states and organizations manipulated the rebels, and to the highest levels of Islamic militancy and the formation of the Islamic State. An utterly engrossing human drama full of vivid, indelible characters, No Turning Back shows how hope can flourish even amid one of the twenty-first century’s greatest humanitarian disasters.
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
Journalist Rania Abouzeid lets the Syrian people speak for themselves in her sprawling chronicle of the country's brutal civil war. Abouzeid spent five years undercover to chronicle her subjects' lives; she had to sneak into the country after being exiled and branded a spy. Her in-depth reporting provides powerful, harrowing context to the headlines about airstrikes and sanctions. Abouzeid has a deep knowledge of the factions and politics fueling the Syrian conflict, but it’s her ground-level snapshots of rallies, raids, and bombings that make No Turning Back so singular and powerful.