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Baghdad Country Club (Kindle Single)

The Atavist, 2011

Welcome to a place where even beer runs are a matter of life and death. As the Iraq War draws to an official close, Joshuah Bearman tells the funny and poignant tale of the real-life Baghdad Country Club, a bar in the Green Zone during the conflict's bloodiest years. Against all odds, its proprietors struggle to keep their raucous watering hole safe and well-stocked as the insurgency rages outside.
  
  











  



  
On the Hunt in Baghdad

Belmont Estate Books, 2011

In this classic riveting dispatch from Iraq, award-winning foreign correspondent Michael J. Totten embeds with a unit of battle-hardened American soldiers as they hunt the elusive terrorist commander Haji Jawad—who wore a suicide vest wherever he went—in the fetid slums of Sadr City, Baghdad, at midnight. Michael J. Totten is a foreign correspondent and foreign policy analyst who has reported from the Middle East, the Balkans, and the ...
  
  











  



  
When Baghdad Ruled the Muslim World: The Rise and Fall of Islam's Greatest Dynasty
Hugh Kennedy

Da Capo Press, 2006

The "golden age of Islam" in the eighth and ninth centuries was as significant to world history as the Roman Empire was in the first and second centuries. The rule of Baghdad's Abbasid Dynasty stretched from Tunisia to India, and its legacy influenced politics and society for years to come. In this deftly woven narrative, Hugh Kennedy introduces us to the rich history and flourishing culture of the period, and the men and women of the palaces at ...
  
  











  



  
Baghdad Burning: Girl Blog from Iraq
Riverbend

The Feminist Press at CUNY, 2005

In August 2003, the world gained access to a remarkable new voice: a blog written by a 25-year-old Iraqi woman living in Baghdad, whose identity remained concealed for her own protection. Calling herself Riverbend, she offered searing eyewitness accounts of the everyday realities on the ground, punctuated by astute analysis on the politics behind these events. In a voice in turn eloquent, angry, reflective and darkly comic, Riverbend recounts ...
  
  











  



  
Pride of Baghdad
Brian K. Vaughan, Niko Henrichon

Vertigo, 2008

Written by Brian K. Vaughn Art by Niko Henrichon In the spring of 2003, a pride of lions escapes from the Baghdad Zoo during an American bombing raid. Lost and confused, hungry but finally free, the four lions roamed the decimated streets of Baghdad in a desperate struggle for their lives. In documenting the plight of the lions, PRIDE OF BAGHDAD raises questions about the true meaning of liberation - can it be given, or is it earned only through ...
  
  











  



  
Baghdad: The City in Verse

Harvard University Press, 2013

Baghdad: The City in Verse captures the essence of life lived in one of the world's great enduring metropolises. In this unusual anthology, Reuven Snir offers original translations of more than 170 Arabic poems--most of them appearing for the first time in English--which represent a cross-section of genres and styles from the time of Baghdad's founding in the eighth century to the present day. The diversity of the fabled city is reflected in ...
  
  











  



  
Baghdad Sketches: Journeys through Iraq (Freya Stark Collection)
Freya Stark

Tauris Parke Paperbacks, 2011

Freya Stark first journeyed to Iraq in 1927. Seven years after the establishment of the British Mandate, the modern state was in its infancy and worlds apart from the country it has since become. During her many years in Iraq, Stark was witness to the rise and fall of the British involvement in the country as well as the early years of independence. Typically—and controversially—she chose to live outside the close-knit western expatriate ...
  
  











  



  
Sufi Comics: The Wise Fool of Baghdad

Sufi Studios, 2014

What can a man dressed in rags and ostensibly mad teach us about life? Everything as it turns out. Bahlool who lived in Baghdad, circa the 8th century AD, feigned madness to escape the oppression of the ruling class, and he dispensed wisdom in strange and amusing ways. The Wise Fool of Baghdad is a collection of these true stories, richly illustrated in the Turkish-Iranian miniature style. Every story is followed by sacred verses of the ...
  
  











  



  
Baghdad Central
Elliott Colla

Bitter Lemon Press, 2014

Baghdad Central is a noir debut novel set in Baghdad in September 2003. The US occupation of Iraq is a swamp of incompetence and self-delusion. The CPA has disbanded the Iraqi army and police as a consequence of its paranoid policy of de-Ba'athification of Iraqi society. Tales of hubris and reality-denial abound, culminating in Washington hailing the mess a glorious "mission accomplished." Inspector Muhsin al-Khafaji is a mid-level Iraqi cop ...
  
  











  



  
Baghdad without a Map and Other Misadventures in Arabia
Tony Horwitz

Plume, 1992

This wild and comic tale of Middle East misadventure is "a very funny and frequently insightful look at the world's most combustible region. Fearlessness is a valuable quality in a travel writer, and Mr. Horwitz . . . seems as intrepid as they come".--The New York Times Book Review.
  
  











  



  
The Berlin-Baghdad Express: The Ottoman Empire and Germany's Bid for World Power
Sean McMeekin

Belknap Press, 2012

The modern Middle East was forged in the crucible of the First World War, but few know the full story of how war actually came to the region. As Sean McMeekin reveals in this startling reinterpretation of the war, it was neither the British nor the French but rather a small clique of Germans and Turks who thrust the Islamic world into the conflict for their own political, economic, and military ends. The Berlin-Baghdad Express tells ...
  
  











  



  
The Sirens of Baghdad
Yasmina Khadra

Anchor, 2008

The third novel in Yasmina Khadra's bestselling trilogy about Islamic fundamentalism has the most compelling backdrop of any of his novels: Iraq in the wake of the American invasion. A young Iraqi student, unable to attend college because of the war, sees American soldiers leave a trail of humiliation and grief in his small village. Bent on revenge, he flees to the chaotic streets of Baghdad where insurgents soon realize they can make use of his ...
  
  











  



  
Baghdad at Sunrise: A Brigade Commander's War in Iraq (Yale Library of Military History)
Peter R. Mansoor

Yale University Press, 2008

This compelling book presents an unparalleled record of what happened after U.S. forces seized Baghdad in the spring of 2003. Army Colonel Peter R. Mansoor, the on-the-ground commander of the 1st Brigade, 1st Armored Division—the “Ready First Combat Team”—describes his brigade’s first year in Iraq, from the sweltering, chaotic summer after the Ba’athists’ defeat to the transfer of sovereignty to an interim Iraqi government a year ...
  
  











  



  
From Baghdad with Love: A Marine, the War, and a Dog Named Lava
Jay Kopelman, Melinda Roth

Lyons Press, 2008

A war memoir that will capture the hearts of its readers, just as one scruffy puppy sneaked his way into the hearts of hardened Marines just when they needed it most.
  
  











  



  
Silent Music: A Story of Baghdad
James Rumford

Roaring Brook Press, 2008

WHEN BOMBS BEGIN TO FALL, Ali drowns out the sould of war with a pen.   Like other children living in Baghdad, Ali loves soccer, music and dancing, but most of all, he loves the ancient art of calligraphy. When bombs begin to fall on his city, Ali turns to his pen, writing sweeping and gliding words to the silent music that drowns out the war all around him. Gorgeously illustrated with collage, pencil and charcoal drawings and, of course, ...
  
  











  



  
Naked in Baghdad: The Iraq War and the Aftermath as Seen by NPR's Correspondent Anne Garrels
Anne Garrels

Picador, 2004

As National Public Radio’s much loved and respected senior foreign correspondent Anne Garrels has covered conflicts in Chechnya, Bosnia, Kosovo, Afghanistan, and Iraq. In Naked in Baghdad she reveals how as one of only sixteen non-embedded journalists who stayed in the now legendary Palestine Hotel throughout the American invasion she managed to deliver the most immediate, insightful and independent reports with unparalleled vividness and ...
  
  











  



  
Gruesome Playground Injuries; Animals Out of Paper; Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo: Three Plays
Rajiv Joseph

Soft Skull Press, 2010

Rajiv Joseph is one of today’s most acclaimed young playwrights. The winner of numerous awards, including an NEA Award for Best Play and a Whiting Writers Award, he is an artist to watch. This volume gathers together for the first time his three major works to date. Included herein are his latest play, Gruesome Playground Injuries , which charts the intersection of two lives using scars, wounds, and calamity as the mile markers to ...
  
  











  



  
Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo
Rajiv Joseph

Dramatist's Play Service, 2013
  
  











  



  
Intelligence Wars: Lessons from Baghdad
Steven K. O'Hern

Prometheus Books, 2008

Since the first heady months of the war in Iraq when President Bush celebrated aboard the USS Abraham Lincoln under a "mission accomplished" sign, US forces have been bogged down in a frustrating war of attrition against a largely unseen insurgency that attacks with ambushes and roadside bombs. In this revealing insider’s look at the US intelligence community’s efforts to fight the insurgency, author Steven K. O’Hern, who served in Iraq in ...
  
  











  



  
The Orange Trees of Baghdad
Leilah Nadir

Read Leaf, 2014

When the West invaded Iraq in 2003, Leilah Nadir felt as if she had been torn in two; both the occupier and the occupied coursed through her veins. Born to an Iraqi father and an English mother, raised in Britain and Canada, she has always yearned to visit her father’s family but has never set foot on Iraqi soil. Now, as the bombs land on Baghdad and more of her relatives flee the country forever, Leilah begins to uncover the story of her ...
  
  











  








   



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