Wounded Tigris: A River Journey Through the Cradle of Civilization

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Pegasus Books
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6.3 X 9.1 X 1.3 inches | 1.2 pounds

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About the Author
Leon McCarron is an award-winning writer, broadcaster, and explorer from Northern Ireland. He is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, the Geographical Society of Philadelphia's Explorer of the Year, and is known for long-distance expeditions and immersive multimedia storytelling. In the past decade he has travelled over 50,000km by human power, and is currently based in Iraq.
"A brave adventure grippingly evoked and featuring pertinent historical context. An Iraq-based Northern Irish journalist ventures down the Tigris River through the fraught landscape of Turkey, Kurdistan, Syria, and Iraq. The narrative flows organically, delineating such daily hardships as negotiating with the police, as well as the evening delights of breaking bread with new friends in their homes."--Kirkus Reviews
"Wounded Tigris is an affecting look at communities that deserve attention and aid in the face of environmental catastrophe. McCarron writes with empathy about the people his group met along the way, capturing the joys and traditions that endure despite upheaval."--Booklist
"Hewn with the visceral language and spirit you'd expect from this adventurer."--National Geographic Traveller
"A journey through both time and ecological crisis: as epic as it is engaging."--Tom Holland, author of Rubicon, Dominion, and Persian Fire, and host of The Rest is History
"Filled with captivating insight into the history of humanity through the navigation of the Cradle of Civilization." --Barham Salih, President of Iraq (2018-2022)
"Real travel writing - hard hitting, with a flowing momentum, hitting a strong modern country...a truly epic journey."--Sophy Roberts, author of Lost Pianos of Siberia
"A reminder of what a great civilisation Iraq once was, what has been destroyed, and what humanity loses in the death of a civilisation. And it gave me itchy feet!"--Emma Sky, Founding Director of Yale's International Leadership Center, author of The Unravelling
"A swashbuckling tale...dodging mines and gun-cradling militia, mccarron returns to tell a tale of a river under assault."--Financial Times
"Brilliant. Documenting the reality of a war-torn region from a river's point of view--including many stretches that are no longer navigable because of military ordinances--Wounded Tigris captures the peculiar beauty and enduring importance of one of humanity's first waterways."--Foreword Reviews (starred)
"Wounded Tigris is a fine book. Overcoming considerable difficulties Leon McCarron's tough journey paints a rich and enthralling portrait of a river that once helped create the first cities on earth, and is now fighting a battle for survival."--Michael Palin, star of Monty Python and the Holy Grail and A Fish Called Wanda