The New York Times Magazine featured the under-noted must read story. In print, it occupies an entire issue. It is a very long article and is perhaps best saved and perused over a few days
Fractured Lands: How the Arab World Came Apart
This is a story unlike any previously published. The product of some 18 months of reporting, it tells the story of the catastrophe that has fractured the Arab world since the invasion of Iraq 13 years ago, leading to the rise of ISIS and the global refugee crisis.
The geography of this catastrophe is broad and its causes are many, but its consequences — war and uncertainty throughout the world — are familiar to us all. The story gives the reader a visceral sense of how it all unfolded, through the eyes of six characters in Egypt, Libya, Syria, Iraq and Iraqi Kurdistan.
Accompanying the text are 10 portfolios by the photographer Paolo Pellegrin, drawn from his extensive travels across the region over the last 14 years, as well as a landmark virtual-reality experience that embeds the viewer with the Iraqi fighting forces during the 2016 battle to retake Falluja.
It is unprecedented to focus so much energy and attention on a single story, but what follows is one of the most clear-eyed, powerful and human explanations of what has gone wrong in this region that you will ever read. By Scott Anderson. Photographs by Paolo Pellegrin.