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Saturday, October 19 • 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Elliot Ackerman: Places and Names

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A combat veteran turned journalist tells a powerful story of war, revolution, and returning to the streets of conflict. A National Book Award finalist, journalist, novelist, and decorated Marine, Elliot Ackerman has reckoned with the horrors of war from many angles. He has guided fellow Marines through brutal urban combat in Iraq and Afghanistan, interviewed Syrian activists about their failed revolution, and sat down with a former al-Qaeda member in Iraq to discuss the future of the Middle East. Ackerman will sit down with the Christian Science Monitor’s Martin Kuz, himself a journalist who covered Afghanistan, to discuss his unflinching memoir, Places and Names, which reckons with the nature of combat and the human cost of the wars in Iran, Afghanistan, and Syria. Twelve years after Ackerman fought in the Battle of Fallujah, he revisited the Iraqi city to find that little had changed. In the end, he discovered that returning to the region where he fought his war offered no closure. Yet the candid and at times devastating stories he collects offer a unique, human view of the past two decades of strife in the Middle East. Prepare for a deeply personal discussion about America’s modern wars. Sponsored by the Christian Science Monitor.

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Martin Kuz

Martin Kuz is the West Coast correspondent for the Christian Science Monitor, based in Sacramento, California. He previously served as a projects reporter for the San Antonio Express-News and covered the war in Afghanistan for Stars and Stripes. He has worked as a staff reporter and... Read More →

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Elliot Ackerman

Elliot Ackerman is the author of several novels, including Dark at the Crossing, which was a finalist for the National Book Award, and more recently Waiting for Eden. His writings appear in Esquire, the New Yorker, the Atlantic, and the New York Times Magazine, among other publications... Read More →


Saturday October 19, 2019 12:30pm - 1:30pm EDT
Old South Mary Norton 645 Boylston St, Boston, MA, 02116