My Brother's Road: An American's Fateful Journey to Armenia

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What do ""Abu Sindi"", ""Timothy Sean McCormack"", ""Saro"", and ""Commander Avo"" all have in common? They were all aliases for Monte Melkonian.  But who was Monte Melkonian? In his native California he was once a kid in cut-off jeans, playing baseball and eating snow cones.  Europe denounced him as an international terrorist.  His adopted homeland of Armenia decorated him as a national hero who led a force of 4000 men to victory in the Armenian enclave of Mountainous Karabagh in Azerbaijan.  Why Armenia? Why adopt the cause of a remote corner of the Caucasus whose peoples had scattered throughout the world after the early twentieth century Ottoman genocides? Markar Melkonian spent seven years unraveling the mystery of his brother's road: a journey which began in his ancestor's town in Turkey and led to a blood-splattered square in Tehran, the Kurdish mountains, the bomb-pocked streets of Beirut, and finally, to the Cold War and the unraveling of the Soviet Union. Yet, who really was this man? A terrorist or a hero? My Brother's Road is not just the story of a long journey and a short life --it is an attempt to understand what happens when one man decides that terrible actions speak louder than words.

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Raised in California, Monte Melkonian was denounced in the U.S. and Europe as a terrorist, while in Armenia he was a hero who led a force of 4000 men to victory in Azerbaijan. Markar Melkonian spent seven years uncovering the truth about his brother's life and death. The story of a long journey and short life, this book reminds us of the human costs when violence is used to correct crimes of the past.

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Markar Melkonian is a teacher, writer and veteran solidarity worker. Melkonian's books include Marxism: A Post-Cold War Primer (1996) and Richard Rorty's Politics: Liberalism at the End of the American Century (1999). He is a founder and a member of the Board of Directors of The Monte Melkonian Fund, Inc., a nonprofit organization that assists the neediest of the needy in the impoverished former Soviet Republic of Armenia (www.melkonian.org). He lives in Los Angeles.

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