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After nearly a decade overseas as a war reporter, the acclaimed journalist Dahr Jamail returned to America to renew his passion for mountaineering, only to find that the slopes he had once climbed have been irrevocably changed by climate disruption. In response, Jamail embarks on a journey to the geographical front lines of this crisis - from Alaska to Australia's Great Barrier Reef, via the Amazon rainforest - in order to discover the consequences to nature and to humans of the loss of ice.
As seen in The New York Times, Men's Journal, Smithsonian.com, and The Guardian The author who Jeremy Scahill calls the "quintessential unembedded reporter" visits "hot spots" around the world in a global quest to discover how we will cope with our planet's changing ecosystems After nearly a decade overseas as a war reporter, the acclaimed journalist Dahr Jamail returned to America to renew his passion for mountaineering, only to find that the slopes he had once climbed have been irrevocably changed by climate disruption. In response, Jamail embarks on a journey to the geographical front lines of this crisis-from Alaska to Australia's Great Barrier Reef, via the Amazon rainforest-in order to discover the consequences to nature and to humans of the loss of ice. In The End of Ice, we follow Jamail as he scales Denali, the highest peak in North America, dives in the warm crystal waters of the Pacific only to find ghostly coral reefs, and explores the tundra of St. Paul Island where he meets the last subsistence seal hunters of the Bering Sea and witnesses its melting glaciers. Accompanied by climate scientists and people whose families have fished, farmed, and lived in the areas he visits for centuries, Jamail begins to accept the fact that Earth, most likely, is in a hospice situation. Ironically, this allows him to renew his passion for the planet's wild places, cherishing Earth in a way he has never been able to before. Like no other book, The End of Ice offers a firsthand chronicle-including photographs throughout of Jamail on his journey across the world-of the catastrophic reality of our situation and the incalculable necessity of relishing this vulnerable, fragile planet while we still can.
Despite tremendous sentiment against the American-led occupations, citizens and soldiers continue to die. Award-winning journalist Jamail shows a new generation of American soldiers taking opposition into its own hands. As one of the few unembedded journalists in Iraq, he investigates the growing anti-war resistance of GIs embodied in organisations such as Iraq Veterans Against the War. Gathering stories from these courageous men and women, Jamail makes explicit the betrayal committed by politicians.
"International journalism at its best."--Stephen Kinzer
"Every conflict spawns a handful of journalists who are willing to not only brave the war zone but to seek out the stories ignored by the press pack. The Iraq War has brought us Dahr Jamail. . . . I suspect Jamail's account will prove an enduring document of what really happened during the chaotic years of occupation, and how it transformed ordinary Iraqis. . . . It tells everything."--"Mother Jones"
"From the earliest days of the war, Dahr Jamail has been a human conduit for the voices of Iraqis living under U.S. occupation. In the face of tremendous personal risk, his commitment to the crucial, principled task of bearing witness has never wavered, and this extraordinary book is the result."--Naomi Klein
Named by AlterNet as one of the top three progressive books of 2007 alongside Naomi Klein's "The Shock Doctrine "and Jeremy Scahill's "Blackwater," Dahr Jamail's "Beyond the Green Zone" goes past the polished desks of the corporate media and Washington politicians to tell first hand of the reality of life in Iraq.
Dahr Jamail is an independent journalist who has covered the Middle East for more than four years. Jamail writes for the Inter Press Service and many other outlets and is a regular guest on "Democracy Now ." He lives in California.
Amy Goodman is a best-selling author and the host of "Democracy Now ."
Dahr Jamail, author of "Beyond the Green Zone," brings us inside
the movement of military resistance to the occupations of Iraq and
Praise for Dahr Jamail and "The Will to Resist"
"Dahr Jamail's human portrait of the men and women who turned away from the project of empire should serve as a beacon. These returning veterans know the essence of war, which is death, and have been maimed by the trauma of industrial warfare. They have found, despite their pain, the moral courage to recover their conscience. The truth they tell demands that we find the courage to make our nation accountable for the crimes committed in our name." --From the Foreword by Chris Hedges
"Dahr Jamail is one of very few journalists who have displayed the courage--physical, intellectual, and moral courage--to tell the truth about the invasion of Iraq. In this outstanding book, he describes the often secret resistance within the U.S. military as soldiers reclaim their humanity and, with searing honesty, offer a glimpse of how America's wars on the world might end." --John Pilger, award-winning independent journalist and author of "Freedom Next Time: Resisting the Empire"
"Based on his experiences as an investigative reporter in Iraq
and in his frequent conversations with Iraq and Afghanistan
veterans, Jamail vividly portrays issues of conscience for military
personnel during wartime. As a woman veteran, I thank him for
exposing sexual assault and rape in the military--including the
warning that of women seeking help from the Veteran's Affairs, one
in three has been sexually assaulted while in the military.
Jamail's work provides indispensible help in our understanding of
the costs of war to our own military as well as to countries the
United States occupies."
Dahr Jamail is author of the book "Beyond the Green Zone: Dispatches from an Unembedded Journalist in Occupied Iraq." Jamail's work has been featured on National Public Radio, the "Guardian," "The Nation," and "The Progressive." He has received many awards for his reportage, including the Martha Gellhorn Prize for Journalism.
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