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Baghdad: City of Peace, City of Blood
Justin Marozzi

Allen Lane, 2014

In Baghdad: City of Peace, City of Blood, celebrated young travelwriter-historian Justin Marozzi gives us a many-layered history of one of the world's truly great cities - both its spectacular golden ages and its terrible disasters. "Justin Marozzi is the most brilliant of the new generation of travelwriter-historians". (Sunday Telegraph). Over thirteen centuries, Baghdad has enjoyed both cultural and commercial pre-eminence, boasting artistic ...


Takedown: The 3rd Infantry Division's Twenty-One Day Assault on Baghdad
Jim Lacey

Naval Institute Press, 2007

Over time the impression has grown that the 2003 invasion of Iraq met with little resistance and that, with few exceptions, the Iraqi army simply melted away. As this book clearly shows, nothing could be further from the truth. In its drive to capture Baghdad, the U.S. Army's 3rd Infantry Division was in nearly constant combat for twenty-one days. While Americans were watching Saddam's statue being torn down on TV, a brigade of the 3rd ID was on ...


I Lost My Love in Baghdad: A Modern War Story
Michael Hastings

Scribner, 2010

The “wrenching” (Rachel Maddow, The Rachel Maddow Show ) first book by acclaimed journalist Michael Hastings (1980-2013), whose unflinching Rolling Stone article “Runaway General” ended the military career of General Stanley A. McChrystal. At age twenty-five, Michael Hastings arrived in Baghdad to cover the war in Iraq for Newsweek . He had at his disposal a little Hemingway romanticism and all the apparatus of a ...


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 ...


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 ...


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 ...


Santa Claus in Baghdad and Other Stories about Teens in the Arab World
Elsa Marston

Indiana University Press, 2008

What is it like to be a young person in the Arab world today? This lively collection of eight short stories about Arab teenagers living in Iraq, Tunisia, Egypt, the West Bank, Lebanon, Syria, Jordan, and a Palestinian refugee camp engagingly depicts young people's experiences growing up in the Middle East. The characters, drawn from urban and rural settings and from different classes as well as a mix of countries, confront situations involving ...


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 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 ...


They Came to Baghdad
Agatha Christie

William Morrow Paperbacks, 2011

The Queen of Mystery has come to Harper Collins! Agatha Christie, the acknowledged mistress of suspense—creator of indomitable sleuth Miss Marple, meticulous Belgian detective Hercule Poirot, and so many other unforgettable characters—brings her entire oeuvre of ingenious whodunits, locked room mysteries, and perplexing puzzles to Harper Paperbacks. In her classic They Came to Baghdad , a bright, young adventure seeker in the Middle East ...


Baghdad Before and Beyond, 2011

This well-illustrated biography is the illuminating and delightful memoir of an American girl, Marjorie El-Kadi, who went to Baghdad when it was an entirely different place. Married to a prominent Iraqi diplomat, she also lived in Turkey, Lebanon, Belgium and New York, where her husband at the U.N. was Consul General from Iraq. She experienced Iraq move in its downward spiral from a monarchy through a series of ever more repressive ...


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 ...


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.


Babylon's Ark: The Incredible Wartime Rescue of the Baghdad Zoo
Lawrence Anthony, Graham Spence

St. Martin's Griffin, 2008

THE ASTONISHING STORY OF ONE OF THE WORLD’S GREATEST ANIMAL RESCUES. When the Iraq war began, conservationist Lawrence Anthony could think of only one thing: the fate of the Baghdad Zoo, caught in the crossfire at the heart of the city. Once Anthony entered Iraq he discovered that hostilities and uncontrolled looting had devastated the zoo and its animals. Working with members of the zoo staff and a few compassionate U.S. soldiers, he ...


Three Kings in Baghdad: The Tragedy of Iraq's Monarchy
Gerald de Gaury

I. B. Tauris, 2008

This is the tragic story of the short-lived Iraqi monarchy. The first king of Iraq, Faisal I, was installed by the British in 1921. Faisal, who had led the Arab Revolt and fought alongside T.E. Lawrence, was a major player in the politics of the Middle East. He was also, most importantly, pro-British and thus 'suitable' to lead an independent Iraq. His son and successor, Ghazi, a strong pan-Arab nationalist, felt very differently. He supported ...


Baghdad Burning: Girl Blog from Iraq

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 ...


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.


No Way Back: The Journey of a Jew from Baghdad

BookBaby, 2010

I was born a Jew in Baghdad, in the Muslim country of Iraq. My roots there go back centuries: Legend has it that our first Khazzoom ancestor was born in Baghdad six hundred and fifty years ago In 1951, at the age of 18, I left my family and the country of my birth, Iraq, to settle in the new state of Israel. Along with more than 850,000 other Jews from Arab lands, I was escaping persecution and seeking sanctuary in the Jewish homeland, after ...


Rain over Baghdad: An Egyptian Novel
Hala El Badry

The American University in Cairo Press, 2014

What was it like to live in Iraq before the earth-shaking events of the end of the twentieth century? The mid seventies to the late eighties witnessed Saddam Hussein's rise to power, the establishment of Kurdish autonomy in the north, and the Iraq-Iran war. It also brought an influx of oil wealth, following the 1973 war and the spike in oil prices, and a parallel influx of Arab talent, including many Egyptians, as the Egyptian left became ...


Thunder Run: The Armored Strike to Capture Baghdad
David Zucchino

Grove Press, 2004

In one of the boldest gambles in modern military history, just three battalions and fewer than a thousand men launched a violent thrust of tanks and Bradley Fighting Vehicles into the heart of a city of 5 million people and, in three bloddy days of combat ended the Iraqi war. Thunder Run is the story of the surprise assault on Baghdad-one of the most decisive battle in American combat history-by the Spartan Brigade, the Second Brigade of the ...



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