The first in-depth piece of reportage about the largest natural resource heist in Asia reveals Myanmar' s world of secret-keepers and truth-tellers. Until the World Shatters weaves together the stories of a photojournalist and a local to reveal a larger portrait of Myanmar' s history, politics, and people in a time and place where public trust has disappeared.
[A]n illuminating portrait of a troubled and secretive country. --Publishers Weekly The combination of Myanmar' s ancient culture and a deeply vexed modern history make it one of the world' s most intriguing places. Daniel Combs brings the skills of a keen, observant writer to a superb story. Until the World Shatters will absorb readers of all kinds with a chronicle that makes the distant feel strikingly visible. --Evan Osnos, author of Age of Ambition A breezy, sparkling, and often delightful journey with broader lessons for any type of reader. I knew very little about Myanmar before I picked up Until the World Shatters. I tore through it in two days, and now feel like I understand, indeed care for, the country. " --Vincent Bevins, author of The Jakarta MethodA powerful narrative about one of Asia' s most flagrant crimes: the plunder of indigenous lands in Myanmar. Western writing about Myanmar has long skewed towards exoticism or good-versus-evil tropes. But Combs embraces its complexity -- richly illustrating the journeys of two men drawn towards the jade industry, a vortex of stolen riches and ruined lives. --Patrick Winn, author of Hello Shadowlands "Until the World Shatters covers a country about which too little is known, and even less is understood. Myanmar has a complex and painful history that shapes its troubled present, but Daniel Combs sees things clearly from the ground level through the eyes of people who are seldom interviewed, combining their observations with his own to present a depth and balance that is rare and badly needed. " --David Dapice, Senior Economist, Ash Center, Harvard Kennedy School At a time when journalists are under attack and it feels like truth itself is under siege, this book journeys into how this struggle plays out in the everyday lives of people in some of the most under-covered corners of the world. In doing so, Daniel Combs has accomplished something rare: a deeply researched, lyrically told piece of reportage on an essential topic. Anyone who cares about the pursuit of truth should read this book. --Charles Sennott, Founder and Editor-in-Chief of The GroundTruth Project
Daniel Combs is an award-winning author and international security professional who has spent the past six years studying Myanmar' s ethnic conflicts. In addition to Myanmar, Daniel has lived in and reported from Ethiopia, the Congo, Vietnam, and Israel. He is the former editor of the Asia Pacific Affairs Journal, and his writing and commentary have appeared on NPR, The Diplomat, and Asia Times, among others. Daniel is a graduate from Columbia University' s School of International and Public Affairs. In a past life, he was a chef and restaurant reviewer.