Sense of Place Stars: Iraq

Nonfiction Titles
See also: Gulf War Stars

Annotations are from Advance, the Ingram Book Magazine, unless noted.


  • The Fall of Baghdad
    Author: Anderson, Jon Lee
    Publisher: Penguin $ 24.95 ISBN: 1594200343 Date: 2004
    In channeling a tragedy of epic dimensions through the stories of real people caught up in the whirlwind of history, Anderson has written a book of timeless significance.
    Suggested Reading: All Stars
    Updated 10.7.04
  • Out of the Ashes: The Resurrection of Saddam Hussein
    by Andrew and Patrick Cockburn
    Publisher: HarperCollins ISBN: 0060192666 $ 26
    Intriguing, controversial, and terrifying, Out of the Ashes exposes for the first time ever the internal feuds between covert CIA operators that doomed the secret operations to bring down Saddam Hussein in what was the biggest intelligence debacle since the Bay of Pigs.
  • Over There
    Author: Feuer, Alan
    Publisher: Counterpoint $ 24 ISBN: 1582433275 Date: 2005
    In this gin-soaked yet scrupulously honest look at a reporter in wartime, Feuer describes the international media swarm that preceeded the invasion of Iraq in 2003, and the local opportunists and unscrupulous profiteers, to exhilarating and profound effect.
    Updated 4.7.05
  • Ahmad's War, Ahmad's Peace: Surviving Under Saddam, Dying in the New Iraq
    Author: Goldfarb, Michael
    Publisher: Carroll & Graf $ 25.95 ISBN: 0786715154 Date: 2005
    In this moving tribute, journalist Goldfarb recounts the powerful relationship with this friend and translator Ahmad Shawkat, an Iraqi Kurd whose life's work was to promote freedom and who was ultimately murdered during the second Gulf War.
    Updated 5.25.05
  • Saddam's Bombmaker: The Terrifying Inside Story of the Iraqi Nuclear and Biological Weapons Agenda
    by Hamzah, Khidr Abd Al-Abbas
    Publisher: Simon & Schuster $ 26 ISBN: 0684873869 Date: 2000
    The defector once responsible for Iraq's clandestine nuclear weapons program reveals for the first time what the CIA and Iraq desperately want to keep hidden -- that Saddam Hussein is devastatingly close to manufacturing nuclear weapons and has every intention of using them.
  • The Assassins' Gate: America in Iraq
    Author: Packer, George
    Publisher: FSG $ 25 ISBN: 0374299633 Date: 2005
    Packer's intimate first-person narrative navigates his journey through the landscapes of America and Iraq while tracing his own evolving views, bringing to the page the full range of ideas and emotions stirred up by America's most controversial foreign-policy venture since Vietnam.
    Updated 7.25.05
  • Understanding Iraq: A Short History of Outside Rule From Genghis Khan to the Ottoman Turks to the British Mandate to the American Occupation
    Author: Polk, William R.
    Publisher: HarperCollins $ 22.95 ISBN: 0060764686 Date: 2005
    From a leading expert on the Middle East and the author of
    The U.S. and the Arab World comes an acute and penetrating historical explanation of current U.S. intervention and future relationship with Iraq.
    Updated 3.21.05
  • Baghdad Buring: Girl Blog from Iraq
    Author: Riverbend
    Publisher: Feminist $ 14.95 (paper) ISBN: 1558614893 Date: 2005
    An anonymous Iraqi woman presents eyewitness accounts and political analysis of life in the war torn and occupied city.
    Updated 4.7.05
  • Between Two Worlds: Escape from Tyranny: Growing Up in the Shadow of Saddam
    Author: Salbi, Zainab
    Publisher: Gotham $ 26 ISBN: 1592401562 Date: 2005
    The highly anticipated memoir from the daughter of Saddam Hussein's personal pilot is an unforgettable story of survival, strength, and one woman's struggle against tyranny.
    Updated 7.18.05


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