A War Photographer's True Story of Captivity and Survival in Syria
On Sale: October 10, 2017
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Discover a gripping and harrowing tale of war and torture
from the man who lived it in this powerful memoir by the
celebrated war journalist who not only documented over a
dozen conflict zones worldwide but was also captured and
held hostage by Syrian rebels in 2013.
Capturing history was Jonathan Alpeyrie’s job but he never
expected to become a news story himself. For a decade, the
French‑American photojournalist had weaved in and out of
over a dozen conflict zones. He photographed civilians being
chased out of their homes, military trucks roving over
bullet‑torn battlefields, and too many bodies to count. But
on April 29, 2013, during his third assignment to Syria,
Alpeyrie was betrayed by his fixer and handed over to a band
of Syrian rebels.
For eighty‑one days he was bound, blindfolded, and beaten.
Not too far away, President Bashar al‑Assad’s forces and
those in opposition continued their bitter and bloody civil
war. Over the course of his captivity, Alpeyrie kept his
spirits up and strived to see, without his camera lenses,
the humanity in his captors. He took part in their
activities, taught them how to swim, prayed with them, and
tried learning their language and culture. He also
discovered a dormant faith within himself, one that
strengthened him throughout the ordeal.
The Shattered Lens is the firsthand account of a
photojournalist who has always answered the next
adrenaline‑pumping assignment. Yet, during his
headline‑making kidnapping, he was left to consider the
value and risks of his career, ponder the violent conflicts
he had seen, and put the historical events over which we
have no control into perspective.
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