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When Bombs Tried to Kill Them, Books Kept Their Souls Alive

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The Syrian Civil War reduced that country to rubble. Ancient cities once full of life, are now empty shells; citizens live in the shadows of obliterated schools, hospitals, and homes. Journalist Mike Thompson joins host Krys Boyd to talk about one bright spot: near Damascus, a secret world of books that offered normality and refuge, which he writes about in his book, “Syria’s Secret Library: Reading and Redemption in a Town Under Siege.”