Voices from Iraq: A People's History, 2003-2009 by Mark Kukis

Voices from Iraq: A People's History, 2003-2009

byMark Kukis

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"Baghdad fell on a Tuesday I think. I went driving around our neighborhood, Karada, with my husband a day or two after that just to have a look around. The looters were everywhere. I saw women and children pushing trolleys full of things out of an old intelligence office. At the national theater, they were loading a garbage truck with the seats from inside, and streams of people were coming out carrying all kinds of props. I saw plastic models of the planets bopping down the streets in the arms of thieves. They took everything you can imagine taking from a theater. Everything."—Azhar Abdul-Karim Abdul-Wahab, lecturer in political science, Baghdad University

Featuring the testimony of close to seventy Iraqis from all backgrounds and occupations—from onetime Iraqi Prime Minister Ayad Allawi to insurgents speaking on the condition of anonymity—Voices from Iraq builds a riveting chronological history unmatched for its insight and revelations. Beginning in 2003, this intimate narrative includes the experiential accounts of civilians, politicians, former dissidents, and present insurgents, enhanced by Mark Kukis's compelling individual portraits. Divided into five parts, it recounts the 2003 invasion; Iraq's gradual slide into chaos from 2004 to 2005; the start of a new order in 2006; the rise in open sectarian violence over the next two years; and the effort since 2008 to reconstruct a society from relative calm. Each section includes about fifteen interviews grouped into themes, with brief epilogues for the participants. Not since Studs Terkel's The Good War has a book captured so acutely the human consequences of a conflict we still struggle to understand. Voices from Iraq is essential for anyone in search of the meaning and legacy of America's campaign in Iraq.

About The Author

Mark Kukis covered the war in Iraq from 2006 to 2009 as a correspondent for Time magazine, and he has written for the New Republic and Salon. He is the author of "My Heart Became Attached": The Strange Journey of John Walker Lindh, and his work can be read at www.markkukis.com.
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Title:Voices from Iraq: A People's History, 2003-2009Format:Kobo ebookPublished:April 12, 2011Publisher:Columbia University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Introduction
A Note on Civilian Casualties
Part One
The Sanctity of Guns and Shrines
Ra'ad Obaeid Hussein
Ahmed Abu Ali
An Army in Defeat
Gassan Abdul Wahed Ined
Baha'a Nouri Yasseen
Hussein al-Awadie
Mohammed Khalil Hamed
The Roads of Falling Cities
Rahma Abdul Kareem Abbas
Mohammed Abbas Abdul al-Hur
Farid Hadi Abdul Zahra
Ali al-Shaheen
Tahseen al-Shaikhli
A Guest for Mr. Axe
Ali Abdul Majid
Home No More
Abdul Hadi Isma'il
Hitting Back
Omar Yousef Hussein
Part Two
An End to Exile
Ayad Allawi
Mithal al-Alusi
The Coming of a War Within
Abu Mustapha
Azhar Abdul-Karim Abdul-Wahab
Ahmed Ibrahim Abdul Wahab
Ka'ab Zuhir Ahmed
Saman Dlawer Hussein
Old Foes
Mohammed Ra'ad Ahmed
The Edge of Battles
Hayder Hamid Jawad
Luay Ali Hussein
Adel Rasheed Majeed
A Saying About Luck
Abdul Wahab Fuad Abdul Wahab
Part Three
A New Order
Ali Jawad Kadhem
Saddam Hatif Hatim al-Jabouri
Sami Hilali
Hayfa Kareem Sabi'a
Rasim Hassan Haikel
Moving Days
Khail Ibrahim al-Nasir
Um Omar
Ibrahim Ishmael Khalil
Yousef Aboud Ahmed and Anham Muhana Hasoon
Ali Ibrahim Baher
Khalid Adnan Khalid
The Price of Sons
Zaid Allwan Jafar
Salim Kamel Shawal
Questions and Answers
Moustafa Ahmed al-Ta'ee
Part Four
The Mouths of Soldiers
Sajad al-Hakim
Wissam al-Rashied
Saif Majeed al-Ta'ee
A Visit to the Temple
Hussein Radhi Zuboon
House to House
Captain Emad
Zahra Ech'daf Sangur and Fackria Zugai'er Khata
Paths to Safety
Maysoon Mahdi
Usra J'bara Hadi
The Face of a Savior
Ali Mohammed Hial
Waking Up
Sheik Hamid al-Hais
Sheik Ahmed Buzai Abu Risha and Sheik Abdul Sattar Abu Risha
Sheik Mustafa Kamil Hamad Shabeeb al-Jabouri
Ahmed Basim Mohammed al-Abaje
Laughing to Bucca
Ra'ad Jamal Habib
Part Five
Keeping to the Neighborhood
Ali Fahed Mahmood
Less Than Whole
Ali'a Anwer Majid
Rana Abdul Mahdi
Beloveds Lost and Found
Maysoon Jahil Obeid
Shiek Jamal Jassim Sudani
Rajiha Jihad Jassim
Entasar Abud Tahan
Salma Hamid
The Makings of Another Life
Hamida Rahdi Salah
Hassan Risn Badr al-Ruba'i
Ala'a Alzobeidi
Hayder Mohammed Jodah
Salah Hamid Jasim
Hassan Ali
Acknowledgments

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This book is necessary reading for any serious practitioner or student of small wars.