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No friends but the mountains : dispatches from the world's violent highlands

Author: Judith Matloff
Publisher: New York : Basic Books, [2017]
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"A veteran war correspondent journeys to remote mountain communities across the globe--from Albania and Chechnya to Nepal and Colombia--to investigate why so many conflicts occur at great heights. 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,  Read more...
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Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Matloff, Judith.
No friends but the mountains.
New York : Basic Books, [2017]
(DLC) 2016043569
(OCoLC)952369545
Named Person: Judith Matloff; Judith Matloff
Material Type: Biography, Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Judith Matloff
ISBN: 9781541698079 154169807X 9780465097890 0465097898
OCLC Number: 979417415
Description: 1 online resource (viii, 253 pages) : maps
Contents: Introduction. A towering problem --
One for one : the Dinaric Alps --
Our land is our land : Sierra Madre --
Holding the high ground of nothing : the Andes --
The dammed : Himalayas --
Mountain thistles : the Caucasus --
On the existential border : Kashmir --
The gods of the valleys are not the gods of the hills. Part one: the Green Mountains and the Hindu Kush ; Part two: the Lyngen Alps --
Cantonment (contentment) : the Pyrenees and the Swiss Alps.
Responsibility: Judith Matloff.

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"A veteran war correspondent journeys to remote mountain communities across the globe--from Albania and Chechnya to Nepal and Colombia--to investigate why so many conflicts occur at great heights. 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 we in the lowlands cannot afford to ignore. Traveling 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, No Friends but the Mountains is an indelible portrait of the conflicts that have unexpectedly shaped our world"--

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"Impressive and necessary... Matloff approaches her topic with a magic combination of wisdom and empathy, and it is impossible to not be moved."--Booklist, starred review "Vistas, vainglory, Read more...

 
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