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Nobody told us we are defeated : stories from the new Iraq / Rory McCarthy.

By: McCarthy, Rory, 1971-.
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: London : Chatto & Windus, 2006Description: 327 pages ; 22 cm.Content type: text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 9780701180560 (pbk.) :; 0701180560 (pbk.) :.Subject(s): Iraq War, 2003- -- Public opinion | Public opinion -- Iraq | Iraq War, 2003-2011Public opinion | Public opinion Iraq | Iraq Social conditions 21st century | Iraq -- Politics and government -- 2003- | Iraq -- Social conditions -- 21st centuryDDC classification: 956.70443
Contents:
Out of the graves -- In order not to forget -- Progressive, revolutionary and triumphant -- Order number one -- Revenge -- They said I would be punished -- New furniture -- I've changed my mind -- Serving Falluja -- The narrow thread of trust -- They just don't get it -- Playwrights and poets -- He was our father -- Re-education -- A bridge to paradise -- Haifa street -- A razor blade in your throat -- A passage to India -- An election and a funeral.
Review: "In May 2003 journalist Rory McCarthy went to Iraq to cover what was claimed to be the triumphant rebuilding of the country after the American invasion. Two years later he left a place teetering on the brink of civil war, whose inhabitants longed for the Americans to leave but feared what would happen if they did. Throughout his stay, McCarthy was struck by how little the Iraqi point of view was represented in the media, drowned out by the message of the British and American occupying powers. This book is an attempt to rectify that. By telling the stories of some of the Iraqis that McCarthy came to know, it reveals, more subtly and interestingly than any political rhetoric, the fatal extent to which they were misunderstood."--BOOK JACKET.
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Enhanced descriptions from Syndetics:

"Sent by the Guardian to cover the aftermath of the war in Iraq, foreign correspondent Rory McCarthy spent two intense years watching a nation in turmoil. As his understanding of the country grew, so did his sympathy with the dilemmas facing the Iraqi people. Yet he found that their perspective was frighteningly absent from news reports of the conflict drowned out by the message of the American and British occupying powers. There have been many books written about journalists tours of duty in Iraq during the war, or about Western soldiers in Iraq, or about the merit of Western foreign policy towards Iraq and the Arab world. But there has still been no definitive account of this story written from the inside. This book is an attempt to rectify that. ike Anna Funder s Stasiland or the books of Timothy Garton Ash, this is a book that captures the stories of individuals, stories that have been little heard in the West and which tell of a people trying to reckon with what has happened in their past and trying to deal with the violence and frustrations of the present. There is the survivor of one of Saddam s mass graves, and the lawyer trying to prosecute members of the Ba arth party

Includes bibliographical references and index.

Includes bibliography (p. 313-315) and index.

1. Out of the graves -- 2. In order not to forget -- 3. Progressive, revolutionary and triumphant -- 4. Order number one -- 5. Revenge -- 6. They said I would be punished -- 7. New furniture -- 8. I've changed my mind -- 9. Serving Falluja -- 10. The narrow thread of trust -- 11. They just don't get it -- 12. Playwrights and poets -- 13. He was our father -- 14. Re-education -- 15. A bridge to paradise -- 16. Haifa street -- 17. A razor blade in your throat -- 18. A passage to India -- 19. An election and a funeral.

"In May 2003 journalist Rory McCarthy went to Iraq to cover what was claimed to be the triumphant rebuilding of the country after the American invasion. Two years later he left a place teetering on the brink of civil war, whose inhabitants longed for the Americans to leave but feared what would happen if they did. Throughout his stay, McCarthy was struck by how little the Iraqi point of view was represented in the media, drowned out by the message of the British and American occupying powers. This book is an attempt to rectify that. By telling the stories of some of the Iraqis that McCarthy came to know, it reveals, more subtly and interestingly than any political rhetoric, the fatal extent to which they were misunderstood."--BOOK JACKET.

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Table of contents provided by Syndetics

  • Preface (p. 1)
  • 1 Out of the Graves (p. 3)
  • 2 In Order Not to Forget (p. 24)
  • 3 Progressive, Revolutionary and Triumphant (p. 37)
  • 4 Order Number One (p. 57)
  • 5 Revenge (p. 70)
  • 6 They Said I Would be Punished (p. 82)
  • 7 New Furniture (p. 97)
  • 8 I've Changed My Mind (p. 110)
  • 9 Serving Falluja (p. 123)
  • 10 The Narrow Thread of Trust (p. 140)
  • 11 They Just Don't Get It (p. 152)
  • 12 Playwrights and Poets (p. 169)
  • 13 He Was Our Father (p. 189)
  • 14 Re-education (p. 205)
  • 15 A Bridge to Paradise (p. 220)
  • 16 Haifa Street (p. 241)
  • 17 A Razor Blade in Your Throat (p. 256)
  • 18 A Passage to India (p. 270)
  • 19 An Election and a Funeral (p. 285)
  • Epilogue (p. 295)
  • Map of Iraq (p. 297)
  • Map of Baghdad (p. 298)
  • Chronology (p. 299)
  • Notes (p. 303)
  • Bibliography (p. 313)
  • Acknowledgements (p. 317)
  • Index (p. 319)