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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 ...
  
  











  



  
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 ...
  
  











  



  
The Gardener of Baghdad, 2014

Adnan leads a weary existence as a bookshop owner in modern-day, war-torn Baghdad, where bombings, corruption and assault are everyday occurrences and the struggle to survive has suffocated the joy out of life for most. But when he begins to clean out his bookshop of forty years to leave his city in search of somewhere safer, he comes across the story of Ali, the Gardener of Baghdad, Adnan rediscovers through a memoir handwritten by the gardener ...
  
  











  



  
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 ...
  
  











  



  
The Cartoon History of the Modern World, Part 2: From the Bastille to Baghdad
Larry Gonick

Harper Perennial, 2009

“From the Bastille to Baghdad ,” The Cartoon History of the World Part 2 is the conclusion (for the moment) of Larry Gonick’s award-winning and bestselling annals of humankind presented in graphic novel form. Picking up after the American Revolution, where Part 1 left off, Part 2 opens with the Enlightenment and rolls across Napoleon, the fall of the ...
  
  











  



  
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 ...
  
  











  



  
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 ...
  
  











  



  
Baghdad Fixer: A Novel
Ilene Prusher

Halban Publishers, 2014

An American journalist in Iraq and her fixer struggle for the truth in a place where truth is now a victim. Nabil al-Amari is an English teacher in Baghdad, in Saddam's Iraq, when a chance encounter with Samara "Sam" Katchens, an American journalist covering the war, changes his life forever. It is April 2003 and American and British forces have recently invaded Iraq. Sam is ambitious, cynical, and determined. Nabil is both fascinated and ...
  
  











  



  
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 ...
  
  











  



  
The Vicar of Baghdad: Fighting for Peace in the Middle East
Andrew White

Monarch Books, 2009

As the vicar of St. George's Church in Baghdad, the only Episcopalian church in Iraq, Canon Andrew White has worked with those at the highest levels of authority in Iraq, for both Westerners and Iraqis. Now, as political and military solutions continue to fail, Andrew offers a different approach to making peace in the Middle East-speaking as a man of faith to men of faith. In The Vicar of Baghdad he tells the story of his work to create peace ...
  
  











  



  
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 ...
  
  











  



  
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 ...
  
  











  



  
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 ...
  
  











  



  
Blind Into Baghdad: America's War in Iraq
James Fallows

Vintage, 2006

In the autumn of 2002, Atlantic Monthly national correspondent James Fallows wrote an article predicting many of the problems America would face if it invaded Iraq. After events confirmed many of his predictions, Fallows went on to write some of the most acclaimed, award-winning journalism on the planning and execution of the war, much of which has been assigned as required reading within the U.S. military. In Blind Into Baghdad , Fallows ...
  
  











  



  
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.
  
  











  



  
Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo
Rajiv Joseph

Dramatist's Play Service, 2013
  
  











  



  
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 ...
  
  











  



  
From Baghdad with Love: A Marine, The War, And A Dog Named Lava
Jay Kopelman, Melinda Roth

Globe Pequot Press, 2008

When Marines enter an abandoned house in Fallujah, Iraq, and hear a suspicious noise, they clench their weapons, edge around the corner, and prepare to open fire. What they find during the U.S.–led attack on the “most dangerous city on Earth” in late 2004, however, is not an insurgent but a puppy left behind when most of the city’s residents fled. Despite military law forbidding pets, the Marines de-flea the pup with kerosene, de-worm ...
  
  











  



  
Baghdad, Yesterday: The Making of an Arab Jew
Sasson Somekh

Ibis Editions, 2007

Cultural writing. Middle East Studies. Biography and Memoir. A wise and often gently funny memoir by one of the world's authorities on Arabic literature, this book offers an intimate view of Jewish life in Baghdad in the 1930s and 40s. It describes vividly the young writer's intellectual and emotional growth and maps the now-vanished world of Baghdad's book stalls and literary cafes, its Arabic-speaking Jewish bank clerks, tuxedoed Iraqi-Jewish ...
  
  











  








   



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