Night Draws Near: Iraq's People in the Shadow of America's War

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Macmillan, Sep 7, 2005 - Political Science - 424 pages
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From the only journalist to win a Pulitzer Prize for his reporting from Iraq, here is a riveting account of ordinary people caught between the struggles
of nations


Like her country, Karima—a widow with eight children—was caught between America and Saddam. It was March 2003 in proud but battered Baghdad. As night drew near, she took her son to board a rickety bus to join Hussein’s army. “God protect you,” she said, handing him something she could not afford to give—the thirty-cent fare.

The Washington Post’s Anthony Shadid also went to war in Iraq although he was neither embedded with soldiers nor briefed by politicians. Because he is fluent in Arabic, Shadid—an Arab American born and raised in Oklahoma—was able to disappear into the divided, dangerous worlds of Iraq. Day by day, as the American dream of freedom clashed with Arab notions of justice, he pieced together the human story of ordinary Iraqis weathering the terrible dislocations and tragedies of war.

Through the lives of men and women, Sunnis and Shiites, American sympathizers and outraged young jihadists newly transformed into martyrs, Shadid shows us the journey of defiant, hopeful, resilient Iraq. Moving from battle scenes to subdued streets enlivened only by the call to prayer, Shadid uses the experiences of his characters to illustrate how Saddam’s downfall paved the way not only for democracy but also for an Islamic reawakening and jihad.

Night Draws Near—as compelling as it is human—is an illuminating and poignant account from a repoter whose coverage has drawn international attention and acclaim.


 

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Shadid, a Pulitzer Prize-winning correspondent for the Washington Post , brings to Baghdad a fluency in Arabic and an Arab American's perceptive understanding. Shadid's skill and sympathy thoroughly ... Read full review

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This book, is phenomenal. It is a perfect description of the experiences in surviving a war, and rebuilding your life from that point onwards. It is unique in that it truly gives you the personal perspective on the Iraqi crisis, without the political inflections that so often accompany accounts of the war. I recommend this book to anyone who wants a real look into the tumultuous years of the Iraqi war.  

Contents

The City of Peace
13
Tabaghdada
33
Whats Written on Your Forehead
51
Like a Flower
73
A Daughters Diary
97
For You Iraq
110
Dry Bread with Tea
129
TheBloodofSadr
156
If You Want a Gazelle Take a Rabbit
245
A Bad Muslim
279
Baghdad Is Your City
316
Oil and Punks
332
Myths of Resistance
350
Epilogue
391
Selected Bibliography
399
Index
407

A Very Very Very Very Bad Neighborhood
197
The Mud Gets Wetter
219

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About the author (2005)

Anthony Shadid has reported from throughout the Middle East for a decade, first as Cairo correspondent for The Associated Press and then for The Boston Globe, where he drew attention for reports from the West Bank and other fronts. His first book, Legacy of the Prophet, drew praise from the late Edward Said. At The Washington Post his stories have often appeared on page one. For his work in
Baghdad he has received the Overseas Press Club Award (his second), the Michael Kelly Award, and last April was given the 2004 Pulitzer Prize for International Reporting. He currently lives in Baghdad and
Washington, D.C.

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