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    • June 2011
    • 9780231156929
  • 240 Pages
  • Hardcover
  • $24.95
  • / £17.00


    • June 2011
    • 9780231527569
  • 240 Pages
  • E-book
  • $24.99
  • / £17.00

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

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—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

A moving account of the impact of war and occupation on ordinary people.

Glenn C. Altschuler

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

Michael Few

IntroductionA Note on Civilian CasualtiesPart One The Sanctity of Guns and Shrines Ra'ad Obaeid Hussein Ahmed Abu AliAn Army in Defeat Gassan Abdul Wahed Ined Baha'a Nouri Yasseen Hussein al-Awadie Mohammed Khalil HamedThe Roads of Falling Cities Rahma Abdul Kareem AbbasMohammed Abbas Abdul al-HurFarid Hadi Abdul ZahraAli al-ShaheenTahseen al-ShaikhliA Guest for Mr. Axe Ali Abdul MajidHome No More Abdul Hadi Isma'ilHitting Back Omar Yousef HusseinPart 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 HusseinOld Foes Mohammed Ra'ad AhmedThe Edge of Battles Hayder Hamid Jawad Luay Ali Hussein Adel Rasheed MajeedA Saying About Luck Abdul Wahab Fuad Abdul WahabPart Three A New Order Ali Jawad Kadhem Saddam Hatif Hatim al-Jabouri Sami Hilali Hayfa Kareem Sabi'a Rasim Hassan HaikelMoving Days Khail Ibrahim al-Nasir Um Omar Ibrahim Ishmael Khalil Yousef Aboud Ahmed and Anham Muhana Hasoon Ali Ibrahim Baher Khalid Adnan KhalidThe Price of Sons Zaid Allwan Jafar Salim Kamel ShawalQuestions and Answers Moustafa Ahmed al-Ta'eePart Four The Mouths of Soldiers Sajad al-Hakim Wissam al-Rashied Saif Majeed al-Ta'eeA Visit to the Temple Hussein Radhi ZuboonHouse to House Captain Emad Zahra Ech'daf Sangur and Fackria Zugai'er KhataPaths to Safety Maysoon Mahdi Usra J'bara HadiThe Face of a Savior Ali Mohammed HialWaking 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-AbajeLaughing to Bucca Ra'ad Jamal HabibPart Five Keeping to the Neighborhood Ali Fahed MahmoodLess Than Whole Ali'a Anwer Majid Rana Abdul MahdiBeloveds Lost and Found Maysoon Jahil Obeid Shiek Jamal Jassim Sudani Rajiha Jihad Jassim Entasar Abud Tahan Salma HamidThe Makings of Another Life Hamida Rahdi Salah Hassan Risn Badr al-Ruba'i Ala'a Alzobeidi Hayder Mohammed Jodah Salah Hamid Jasim Hassan AliAcknowledgments