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Some People Need Killing by Patricia Evangelista
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Oct 17, 2023 | ISBN 9780593133132

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“A journalistic masterpiece . . . One of the most remarkable pieces of narrative nonfiction I have read in a long, long time.”—David Remnick, The New Yorker
“Evangelista makes us feel the fear and grief that she felt as she chronicled what Duterte was doing to her country. But appealing to our emotions is only part of it; what makes this book so striking is that she wants us to think about what happened, too. She pays close attention to language, and not only because she is a writer. Language can be used to communicate, to deny, to threaten, to cajole. Duterte’s language is coarse and degrading. Evangelista’s is evocative and exacting.”The New York Times

“Riveting . . . Evangelista’s book is an extraordinary testament to half a decade of state-sanctioned terror. It’s also a timely warning for the state of democracy.”The Atlantic

“In this blindingly ambitious, unfathomably brave, fiercely reported book, Patricia Evangelista exposes the evil in her country with perfect clarity fueled by profound rage, her narrative voice at once utterly brutal and terrifyingly vulnerable. You may think you are inured to shock, but this book is an exploding bomb that will damage you anew, making you wiser as it does so.”—Andrew Solomon, National Book Award–winning author of The Noonday Demon and Far and Away: How Travel Can Change the World

“In this haunting work of memoir and reportage, Patricia Evangelista both describes the origins of autocratic rule in the Philippines, and explains its universal significance. The cynicism of voters, the opportunism of Filipino politicians, the appeal of brutality and violence to both groups—all of this will be familiar to readers, wherever they are from.”—Anne Applebaum, Pulitzer Prize–winning author of Twilight of Democracy: The Seductive Lure of Authoritarianism

“This is a magnificent, brave book about the extrajudicial murders in the Philippines under Rodrigo Duterte. It is written in taut, powerful prose. . . . One of the most important books I’ve ever read.”—Professor Suzannah Lipscomb

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