In 2006, Mac McClelland arrived as a volunteer in Thailand and unexpectedly found herself living with associates of a U.S.-designated terrorist organization engaged in battling Burma's dictatorship. Her staggering story explores the world's longest-running war, seen from the point of view of her housemates, refugees who risk their lives documenting their government's secret ethnic-cleansing campaign. Intensely engaging and extensively researched, For Us Surrender Is Out of the Question is an intimate account of McClelland's time among Burmese rebels -- whose country, she discovers, shares surprising historical and contemporary entanglements with our own.
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Mac McClelland is an award-winning journalist who has reported in every region in the US, undercover in industry and sex work, and from international locations including Europe, Thailand, Haiti, Australia, Burma, Uganda, Turkey, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and Bhutan. She's appeared on major national and international media outlets such as C-Span, MSNBC, PBS, NPR, Al Jazeera, Democracy Now, the BBC, CBC, and Deutsche Welle.
Mac has won awards from the Society of Professional Journalists, the Hillman Foundation, the Online News Association, the Society of Environmental Journalists, and the Association for Women in Communications; For Us Surrender Is Out of the Question was a finalist for the 2011 Dayton Literary Peace Prize, and she's been nominated for two National Magazine Awards for Feature Writing. You can find her work anthologized in the Best American Magazine Writing, Best American Nonrequired Reading, and Best Business Writing.
"Alternately poignant and raucous, angry and heartbreaking...McClelland's reporting is very much from-the-ground-up, far livelier than we will ever get from the average foreign correspondent." -Adam Hochschild
"Any reporting on the notoriously underdocumented Burmese war is critical reading; a page-turner like this one is not to be missed." -San Francisco magazine
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