Night Draws Near

Night Draws Near

Iraq's People in the Shadow of America's War

Book - 2006
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Winner of the 2005 Los Angeles Times Book Prize
A Washington Post Book World Top Five Nonfiction Book of the Year
A Seattle Times Top Ten Best Book of the Year
A New York Times Notable Book of the Year

In 2003, The Washington Post 's Anthony Shadid went to war in Iraq, but not as an embedded journalist. Born and raised in Oklahoma, of Lebanese descent, Shadid, a fluent Arabic speaker, has spent the last three years dividing his time between Washington, D.C., and Baghdad. The only journalist to win a Pulitzer Prize for his extraordinary coverage of Iraq, Shadid is also the only writer to describe the human story of ordinary Iraqis weathering the unexpected impact of America's invasion and occupation. Through the movingstories of individual Iraqis, Shadid shows how Saddam's downfall paved the way not just for hopes of democracy but also for the importation of jihad and the rise of a bloody insurgency. "A superb reporter's book," wrote Seymour Hersh; Night Draws Near is, according to Mark Danner, "essential."

Publisher: New York : Henry Holt, 2006
Edition: 1st Picador ed. --
ISBN: 9780312426033
Branch Call Number: 956.704431 Sha
Characteristics: xiv, 507 p. : ill., maps


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Jun 23, 2014

A beautifully written, detailed and humane account of Iraq before, during, and following the U.S. "shock and awe" campaign of 2003-2004. Ten years later, I wish Shadid was still alive to help us understand what's happening in 2014. This book is essential to understanding how the US war of choice in Iraq deepened that nation's tragedy and further destabilized the region.

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