Omar El Akkad

American War

Omar El Akkad 

Omar El Akkad is a Canadian author and journalist. For ten years, he worked as a reporter at the Globe and Mail. During that time, he traveled around the world to cover myriad stories of international importance, including the NATO-led invasion of Afghanistan, the military trials in Guantanamo Bay and the Arab Spring protests in Egypt. He is a recipient of Canada’s National Newspaper Award for investigative reporting and the Geoff Penny Memorial Award for young journalists. His debut novel, American War, was listed as one of the best books of the year by The New York Times, The Washington Post, GQ and several other publications. It won the Pacific Northwest Booksellers’ Award, was shortlisted for the Rogers Writers’ Trust Award for Fiction, and is a finalist for the Oregon Book Award and Canada Reads. It has been translated into more than ten languages.


American War: A Novel

Publication Date: Hardcover: April 4th, 2017; Paperback: January 30th, 2018

Publisher: Knopf (US); McClelland & Stewart (Canada)

ISBN: 978-0451493583

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