I just finished reading Mark Huband's real-life horror story, The Liberian Civil War, and there were moments on the airplane this afternoon when I simply had put the book down. The tragedy of Liberia is not just that these terrible things happened, but that so little was done to avert them. For those of us who knew the Liberia that used to be, and have walked among ashes that are Liberia today, this book will fill in many of the details that survivors prefer not to recount. I salute Mark Huband--along all journalists who bear witness at great personal risk -- and who, when the smoke clears, take the time to tell us their story in the intensly personal way that Mr. Hubbard has done.
Comment to the publishers: thank you for taking the risk on a book with such limited appeal. If there's a second printing, take Ms. Blunt's advise and add detailed maps of West Africa, Liberia and Monrovia, along with lots more photos.