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    • June 2011
    • 9780231156929
  • 240 Pages

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Voices from Iraq

A People's History, 2003-2009

Mark Kukis

Featuring the testimony of close to seventy Iraqis from all walks of life, Voices from Iraq builds a riveting chronological history unmatched for its insight and revelations. Here is a history of the war in Iraq as told entirely by Iraqis living through the U.S. invasion and occupation.

Beginning in 2003, this intimate narrative includes the experiential accounts of civilians, politicians, former dissidents, insurgents, and militiamen. Iraqis offering firsthand stories range from onetime Prime Minister Ayad Allawi to resistance fighters speaking on the condition of anonymity. Divided into five parts, these interviews recount the 2003 invasion; Iraq's gradual slide into chaos from 2004 to 2005; the start of a new order in 2006; the rise of open sectarian violence over the next two years; and the effort since 2008 to reconstruct a society from relative calm. Each section includes 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 are still struggling to understand. Voices from Iraq makes utterly vivid 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.

"Oral history is a difficult genre to master, and by taking the works of Studs Terkel as his example, Mark Kukis has set the bar even higher. Yet he succeeds brilliantly, not only by the aptness and vividness of these accounts but also by his selection of the interviewees." — Ali A. Allawi, former Minister of Finance, Defense, and Trade of Iraq, and senior visiting fellow at Princeton University

"Amid the looting and the blood-letting in Baghdad, Mark Kukis salvages some treasures. Voices from Iraq is like nothing we've seen yet in the writing on the war& mdash;the stories of everyday survival weave a tapestry both illuminating and haunting. No serious study of the invasion and occupation can do without this book." — Quil Lawrence, former NPR Baghdad Bureau chief and author of Invisible Nation: How the Kurds’ Quest for Statehood Is Shaping Iraq and the Middle East

"An eloquent, well-selected narrative of the Iraqi invasion and devastating aftermath.Kirkus Reviews" — Kirkus Reviews

"A moving account of the impact of war and occupation on ordinary people." — Glenn C. Altschuler, Minneapolis Star Tribune

"This book is necessary reading for any serious practitioner or student of small wars." — Michael Few, Small Wars Journal

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.

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

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.

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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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.

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.