The Madness: A Memoir of War, Fear and PTSD
Fergal Keane has covered conflict and brutality across the world for more than thirty years, from Rwanda, Sudan, South Africa, Somalia, Iraq, Afghanistan, Ukraine and many more. Driven by an irresistible compulsion to be where the night is darkest, he made a name for reporting with humanity and empathy from places where death and serious injury were not abstractions, and tragedy often just a moment’s bad luck away. But all this time he struggled not to be overwhelmed by another story, his acute “complex post-traumatic stress disorder”, a condition arising from exposure to multiple instances of trauma experienced over a long period. In his powerful and intensely personal book The Madness, Fergal interrogates what it is that draws him to war, what keeps him there and offers a reckoning of the damage done.