New York Times Notable Books of 2018
Financial Times Book of the Year
Award-winning journalist Rania Abouzeid presents reportage of unprecedented scope in this engaging, character-driven saga that exposes the secret dealings that armed and betrayed an uprising.
From the first rumblings of dissent in 2011, No Turning Back shows the unravelling of a nation: peaceful protests in Damascus collapsing into violence, families on both sides shattered by nighttime shellings, and religious conviction sharpened by rage to a radical point. Abouzeid shows Syrians finding new ways to live and resist even as the cruelty of President Bashar al-Assad's dictatorial regime - and the rising threat of Al-Qaeda and the Islamic State - tears their homeland apart.
Rania Abouzeid has spent more than fifteen years reporting on the Middle East, and has written for The New Yorker, the Guardian and TIME magazine among others. A former New America fellow, she has won several international prizes for her work including the Frontline Club Print Award, the Michael Kelly Award and George Polk Award. Rania grew up in Australia and now lives in Beirut, Lebanon.