Departures Podcast Featuring Christopher Miller, author of ‘The War Came to US’

Among the slew of books that have come out recently on the war in Ukraine, there are few which take as broad a scope of the human experience of the soldiers, victims, and communities living on the front than the latest entry written by the war correspondent Christopher Miller.

In his book, “The War Came To Us: Life and Death in Ukraine,” Miller bears witness to the brutality of this remarkable, unprecedented conflict, bringing the stories of those involved with profound empathy and vivid detail – not only from pivotal scenes on the front, but also going back more than a decade to the seeds of the war, the meaning of Ukraine’s struggle for nationhood, and the propulsive resilience that binds the survivors from Bucha to Bakhmut and Mariupol and beyond.

In this conversation about his book with Departures host Robert Amsterdam, the FT correspondent comments: “I think this is a war that is more black and white than any war we have experienced since the Second World War. I do think this is a war that is more ‘good vs. evil’ than anything we have seen in the last 80 years.”

Miller explains the challenges of war reporting and just how difficult it is to be a bystander when people are dying in front of you: “I think it is powerful enough in some cases to explain what you are witnessing. In the book, I was able to do some things that I am not able to do in my daily reporting, which is to provide some context, some personal context and analysis based on my personal experiences and knowledge. (…) I do try to separate myself from the events, but there are moments where you just can’t. Sometimes you do have to help, sometimes that means carrying someone. (…) At that point you can’t say, ‘sorry, I am a reporter.'”

A truly outstanding book from one of the greatest young war correspondents of our current era, we hope that listeners of Departures will pick up a copy.