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In the humane tradition of Katherine Boo's Behind the Beautiful Forevers comes a searing account of the international refugee crisis. Intrepid and empathetic, Patrick Kingsley has traveled through seventeen countries to bear witness to the largest forced migration since the end of World War II. Meeting hundreds of refugees and fleeing with them across the Mediterranean to reach the wary shores of Europe, Kingsley investigates why these victims are forced to leave their homes, how they do it, and who helps or hinders their path to safety. Tracing the journey of one Syrian migrant, Hashem al-Souki, in particular, who braved the harrowing trek not once but twice, Kingsley draws a compassionate, visceral portrait of the mass migration in both its epic scope and its heartbreaking specificity.

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Patrick Kingsley

Patrick Kingsley is a foreign correspondent for the New York Times, and was previously the Guardian's inaugural migration correspondent. An award-winning journalist, he has reported from more than twenty-five countries and is the author of THE NEW ODYSSEY and HOW TO BE DANISH.

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