image1I Was Told to Come Alone:  My Journey Behind the Lines of Jihad by Souad Mekhennet

Harvard Club of San Francisco Reading Group

OAKLAND (location will be sent on Friday, January 3 to those who RSVP)
Free, but RSVP required

Sunday, January 5
4:30 - 6:00 p.m.

In her memoir of 15 years of covering jihadists, journalist Mekhennet sets out to answer a perennial question: Why do they hate us? As a Muslim woman and brave, resourceful reporter who speaks English, German, French and Arabic, Mekhennet seems well-suited to the task. She explains the nature of reporting on jihad in her role as a Washington Post national security correspondent, the time spent waiting for sources to call back, puzzling over whom to trust. On several occasions, she gets anonymous tips about imminent danger to her life and whether militants or hostile governments intend to kidnap, torture or rape her. Her portrayals of al-Qaeda and Islamic State fighters and sympathizers in countries around the world make her memoir a work of significant merit. But what of her original question? In her telling, the root of hate is not Islam; it’s not U.S. politics or foreign policy, nor is it American racism or Islamophobia. The answer is elusive and troublingly mysterious.
- Henry Holt

Read the book then bring your thoughts and perspective to a lively discussion.

Registration required by January 2. 650-279-3359 for questions


4:30PM - 6:00PM Sun 5 Jan 2020 ( Timezone: Eastern )


OAKLAND (location will be sent on Friday, January 3 to those who RSVP)

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