An evening with Zach Vertin in conversation with Matthew Price
Thursday 25th October 18:30 at London - Trafalgar Square
'A Rope from the Sky' is a remarkable chronicle of the West’s attempt to help forge a nation from scratch, from euphoric birth to heart-wrenching collapse. Drawing on extraordinary personal stories of identity, liberation, and survival, 'A Rope from the Sky' tells South Sudan's epic story of paradise won and then lost. From moonlit battlefields and glitzy hotel ballrooms to the emerald marshes of the Nile, this first-hand account is a richly painted canvas. Present before, during and after independence, the author has taken tea with everyone: guerrilla fighters, corrupt ministers and teenage cattle rustlers. Coupling his years on the ground with a role in the Obama administration, Zach Vertin is uniquely positioned to give the insider account of this modern-day tragedy.
“A brilliant authoritative and colourful insight into the hope and despair
that is the world’s youngest country. This untold story carries lessons not
just for Africa but for the rest of the world” JON SNOW
“The still-unfolding tragedy of South Sudan is too little understood and too little known, even among foreign policy experts. Zach Vertin is a rare exception … he has spent his life not just explaining how the promise of this young nation for which so many sacrificed, was broken so badly, but helping end the bloodshed for a people who have seen far too much of it…An important read.” JOHN KERRY 68th U.S. Secretary of State and author of 'Every Day is Extra'
About the author:
Zach Vertin is an American writer, foreign policy analyst, and former diplomat. He has spent the last twelve years working in international politics and peace and conflict issues. He previously served in the administration of President Barack Obama, and was closely involved in the South Sudan peace process 2014-16. He served as a Senior Analyst for the International Crisis Group in Sudan and South Sudan and asadvisor on UN Operations and multilateral affairs in New York.
Matthew Price is Chief Correspondent of The Today Programme, BBC Radio 4 and an award-winning journalist with experience covering some of the biggest stories of the last two decades. Now based in London he previously reported from Jerusalem, New York, Brussels and Belgrade. Matthew’s work online, television and on radio has reached hundreds of millions globally and in the UK.
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