Revolution Day: The Human Story of the Battle for Iraq
Throughout the war in Iraq millions of people turned to Rageh Omaar's BBC reports from Baghdad. Omaar was the BBC's official correspondent in Iraq for six years prior to the conflict. He had watched the suffocation of Iraqi society after a quarter of a century of dictatorship and then, in March 2003, he witnessed the last desperate hours of peace before the bombs fell. His unique and haunting narrative captures the moment when twenty-five agonising years came to an end and a country was changed for ever: Shorja market had stubbornly remained its usual busy self for months. The main concerns of shoppers had been finding the best prices for cola and cans of tomato puree. In one day the market was transformed into a sea of desperate faces trying to buy up the last remaining oil lamps, masking tape and boards to protect windows from being blown in. I had never seen the market like this before. It was as though the people of Baghdad had awoken from a state of absolute denial. Adnan Mustapha Hamid, a young restaurant manager, was typical of the many that thronged Al Shorja that day. ?I know the British and Americans say they will spare civilian targets?, he said, ?but few of us believe them.? to its aftermath: he describes the atmosphere among the people on the night the first bombs hit; the horror they felt as they watched their city burn; the anarchy and unforgiving heat that overwhelmed the country in the battle's wake. Beautifully written and almost unbearable in its detail, Revolution Day is a powerful account of a city and its people under siege, and of a conflict at the very centre of our world.
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This is a great book and very insightful as to the real battle in the Iraq war, a must read for anyone who wants an insight into that tragic story.
The writing is crisp and good, the insights and research excellent.