Revolution day: the real story of the battle for Iraq
Throughout the war in iraq millions of people turned to Rageh Omaar's BBC 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 agonizing years came to an end and a country was changed for ever . . . Writing from the heart of Baghdad, Omaar follows the war from its beginning 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 and intimate account of a city and its people under siege, and of a conflict at the very centre of our world.
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