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Is This Your First War? – By Michael Petrou

Travels Through the Post-9/11 Islamic World

By Michael Petrou


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Awards and prizes

Dewey Divas and the Dudes (2012)
Ottawa Book Award - English Nonfiction category (2013)

Reviews and comments on
Is This Your First War?

Petrou’s clandestine travels in Iran and his visits with that country’s diverse and far-flung underground of brave democrats, intellectuals and dissidents provide an exceedingly rare insight into the workings of the Khomeinist police state... But it’s Petrou’s dispatches from the front lines of the “first war” of the book’s title, the freedom struggle that Canadians usually call the “war in Afghanistan,” that lend the book its heft.

Ottawa Citizen

"Petrou is a wonderful storyteller and the book is replete with intriguing vignettes of the multitude of people he worked with, and against."

Literary Review of Canada

…a searing medley of gritty narratives…

Oxford Today, Alumni magazine (UK)

One of Canada’s leading foreign correspondents presents a searing medley of gritty narratives drawn from a decade of reporting across the greater Middle East... The human narratives, in their unpredictable and subjective particularity, are collectively compelling.

Oxford University Alumni
January 25, 2015