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'I Was Told To Come Alone' Is One Reporter's Up-Close Look at Jihad

Christian Science Monitor reviews Souad Mekhennet's new book I Was Told To Come Alone: My Journey Behind the Lines of Jihad:

The book is a testament not only to one professional's dedication to her craft but also to a kind of questioning compassion that Mekhennet herself seems scarcely able to root out. “What had been tolerable to me before was now unbearable,” she writes. “Once you've wept with someone who's lost a family member because of another country's political decisions, it's hard to view international relations with detachment.” She is almost never detached in these pages, and yet we trust her professionalism more for it, not less.