Inside Qatar (eBook)

Hidden Stories from One of the Richest Nations on Earth

John McManus

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'A wonderful and sometimes devastating book … sophisticated, nuanced, fair-minded and yet very hard hitting' SIMON KUPER, author of SOCCERNOMICS

'This will transport you to Qatar and teach you with humanity and empathy some of the dark truths about globalisation' BEN JUDAH, author of THIS IS LONDON

'John McManus is a remarkable, compelling writer' RORY STEWART, author of THE PLACES IN BETWEEN

'Wise, well informed, fair-minded and honest' PETER OBORNE, author of THE ASSAULT ON TRUTH


Just 75 years ago, the Gulf nation of Qatar was a backwater, reliant on pearl diving. Today it is a gas-laden parvenu with seemingly limitless wealth and ambition. Skyscrapers, museums and futuristic football stadiums rise out of the desert and Ferraris race through the streets. But in the shadows, migrant workers toil in the heat for risible amounts.

Inside Qatar reveals how real people live in this surreal place, a land of both great opportunity and great iniquity. Ahead of Qatar's time in the limelight as host of the 2022 FIFA Men's World Cup, anthropologist John McManus lifts a lid on the hidden worlds of its gilded elite, its spin doctors and thrill seekers, its manual labourers and domestic workers.

The sum of their tales is not some exotic cabinet of curiosities. Instead, Inside Qatar opens a window onto the global problems – of unfettered capitalism, growing inequality and climate change – that concern us all.

John McManus is a social anthropologist and writer who has spent most of the past decade in Turkey and the Middle East. He is the author of Welcome to Hell? In Search of the Real Turkish Football. He lives in Ankara, Turkey.

This is a wonderful and sometimes devastating book. John McManus takes us through Qatar from top to bottom, treating everyone he meets with equal respect no matter where they stand on the country's ethnic hierarchy that he describes so well. The book is sophisticated, nuanced, fair-minded and yet very hard-hitting, and the writing is mercifully clear.Simon Kuper, author of Soccernomics
This will transport you to Qatar and teach you with humanity and empathy some of the dark truths about globalisation.Ben Judah, author of This is London
Insightful and empathetic, McManus's conversations with Qataris and expats shed deep insight into a land of extremes. Written on the eve of hosting the World Cup, Inside Qatar tells the story of the richest, hottest country in the world as it takes global centre stage. An outstanding book.Eugene Rogan, Professor of Modern Middle Eastern History, Oxford University
If you want to understand Qatar read this very readable book. It is wise, well informed, fair-minded and honest about what it is like to live in this tiny city state.Peter Oborne, journalist and author of The Assault on Truth
John McManus is a remarkable, compelling writer wry, alert to incongruencies, an elegant prose stylist with an anthropologist's concern for hidden structures, and a photographer's eye for detail.Rory Stewart, author of The Places In Between


about this book

ISBN: 9781785788222

Price: 7.99 GBP

Pages: 320

Publication date: 07/07/2022


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