From serving as a Marine in Iraq, Bosnia, and the Horn of Africa to co-founding the NGO Carolina for Kibera as a college student alongside a widowed nursed and a Kenyan community organizer, Rye Barcott has led an interesting life.

In his memoir, It Happened on the Way to War: A Marine’s Path to Peace (Bloomsbury), Barcott explores the contrasts of community development in Africa and counter-insurgency in the Marines as they clashed and converged in his head and heart. He recounts his experiences building and learning from leaders in unlikely places – from the Kibera slum of Nairobi, Kenya to the bomb-strewn streets of Fallujah and beyond. Eschewing old notions of top-down, command-and-control management, he shows the impact that small, diverse groups of committed people can have in the world.

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