Emma’s War: A True Story

By Deborah Scroggins
Read by Kate Reading

14.32 Hours 12/01/2007 unabridged
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Tall, striking, and adventurous to a fault, young British relief worker Emma McCune came to Sudan determined to make a difference. She became a near legend in the bullet-scarred, famine-ridden country, but her marriage to a rebel warlord spelled disastrous consequences for her ideals. Enriched by Deborah Scroggins’ firsthand experience as an award-winning journalist in Sudan, this unforgettable account of Emma McCune’s tragically short life also provides an up-close look at the volatile politics in the region. It’s a world where international aid fuels armies as well as the starving population, and where the northern-based Islamic government—with ties to Osama bin Laden—is locked in a war with the Christian and pagan south over religion, oil, and slaves. 

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Summary

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A New York Times Notable Book

Winner of the Ridenhour Book Prize

Tall, striking, and adventurous to a fault, young British relief worker Emma McCune came to Sudan determined to make a difference. She became a near legend in the bullet-scarred, famine-ridden country, but her marriage to a rebel warlord spelled disastrous consequences for her ideals.

Enriched by Deborah Scroggins’ firsthand experience as an award-winning journalist in Sudan, this unforgettable account of Emma McCune’s tragically short life also provides an up-close look at the volatile politics in the region. It’s a world where international aid fuels armies as well as the starving population, and where the northern-based Islamic government—with ties to Osama bin Laden—is locked in a war with the Christian and pagan south over religion, oil, and slaves. 

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Scroggins brings Sudan’s agony to vivid life; at the same time, she gives us a lyrical, suspenseful, psychologically acute study in idealism and self-delusion.” New York Times Book Review
“Brilliantly penetrating…Scroggins has found a feckless, captivating subject, as insufferable as the white man’s insatiable need for redemption in Africa…Scroggins undoes every illusion about aid, hunger, and rebellion.” Washington Post
“One of the best that I have ever read on the difficult relationship between the developed world and the Third World…a wonderful, challenging book.” Sunday Times (London)
“[A] gripping, layered analysis of the brutal civil war in Sudan…Through [Scroggins’] keen observations and fluid writing…McCune also becomes a symbol for those Westerners who, while well intentioned, eventually harm the developing world more than they help it.” Publishers Weekly
“Kate Reading delivers the author’s fury as she illuminates the past fourteen years of the Sudan’s tribal warfare, starvation, and political intrusion/assistance by foreign governments and aid agencies.” AudioFile
“Takes a focused look at the politics in and surrounding Sudan, as well as the common people and warriors caught up in the daily struggle to survive. To call it powerful is an understatement.” Booklist
“Reading’s British inflected narration fits and is steady and precise. This is a brilliant portrait of the hell that is paved with good intentions.” Kliatt
“Compelling…Solid background, cinematic descriptions, and the author’s own intimate knowledge of the Sudan and the international aid community in Africa enhance this profile of a woman who gave herself fully to her ideals, and to her fate.” Kirkus Reviews

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Author

Author Bio: Deborah Scroggins

Deborah Scoggins has won six national journalism awards for her reporting from Sudan and the Middle East. A former correspondent for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, she has published articles in Granta, The Independent, and elsewhere. She lives in Atlanta.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, Library CD, MP3 CD
Category: Nonfiction/Biography & Autobiography
Runtime: 14.32
Audience: Adult
Language: English