A Rope from the Sky: The Making and Unmaking of the World’s Newest State

A conversation with Zach Vertin, moderated by Glenn Raucher
Q&A and book signing to follow

January 17th, 7:00pm

Retro Report
633 Third Ave, 16th Floor

New York, NY 10017

A Rope from the SkyFrom the publisher:
A remarkable chronicle of America’s attempt to help forge a nation from scratch, from euphoric birth to heart-wrenching collapse.

South Sudan’s historic independence was celebrated around the world—a triumph for global justice and a signal that one of the world’s most devastating wars was finally over. The new Republic’s birth was acclaimed not only by its long-oppressed people, but by three U.S. presidents and the legions of Americans who championed their cause. But the party would not last long; South Sudan’s freedom-fighters soon plunged their new nation back into chaos, shattering the promise of liberation and exposing the hubris of their Western backers.

Drawing on extraordinary personal stories of identity, liberation, and survival, A Rope from the Sky tells an epic story of paradise won and then lost. Zach Vertin’s firsthand accounts bring readers on an extraordinary journey into the rise and fall of the world’s newest state. South Sudan’s untold story is a unique episode in global history—an unprecedented experiment in international state-building, and a cautionary tale. A Rope from the Sky is propelled by characters both inspired and ordinary―their aspirations are matched by insecurities, their sins by courage and kindness. It is first a story of hope, power, greed, compassion, and conscience-shocking violence from the world’s most neglected patch of territory. But it is also a story about the best and worst of America―both its big-hearted ideals and its difficult reckoning with the limits of American power in a changing global landscape.


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