NBC nightly news correspondent Richard Engel has written an intriguing book, And Then All Hell Broke Loose: Two Decades in the Middle East, about his experience living in the Middle East.
From witnessing bomb explosions, kidnappings, and briberies, meeting Saddam Hussein, and at one point was the only living American reporter in Baghdad during the Iraq War, Engel has shared a great and fascinating experience with us that all American should read.
The book begins with a brief history of the Middle East, how it's come to be, so many cultures, religions and types of people all in the one place. Engel also brings up the fact that most Americans know nothing about this culture. In school, we learned about it as Mesopotamia, "the cradle of civilization," but today we just think the Middle East, a place, most Americans don't even want to hear about.
As a freelance journalist he moved to Cairo in the early 90's and saw the revolution. In 2013, he also spent time in Israel, watching bombings explode across the street, then moved onto Baghdad, where he became a NBC news correspondent and the only American journalist in Iraq during the war.
Engel discusses how ISIS came to be in power today and what he foresees will happen to the Middle East in the next ten years.