Night Draws Near: Iraq's People in the Shadow of America's War

Night Draws Near Iraq s People in the Shadow of America s War Winner of the Los Angeles Times Book Prize A Washington Post Book World Top Five Nonfiction Book of the Year A Seattle Times Top Ten Best Book of the Year A New York Times Notable Book of the Yea

  • Title: Night Draws Near: Iraq's People in the Shadow of America's War
  • Author: Anthony Shadid
  • ISBN: 9780312426033
  • Page: 153
  • Format: Paperback
  • Winner of the 2005 Los Angeles Times Book Prize A Washington Post Book World Top Five Nonfiction Book of the Year A Seattle Times Top Ten Best Book of the Year A New York Times Notable Book of the Year In 2003, The Washington Post s Anthony Shadid went to war in Iraq, but not as an embedded journalist Born and raised in Oklahoma, of Lebanese descent, Shadid, a flu Winner of the 2005 Los Angeles Times Book PrizeA Washington Post Book World Top Five Nonfiction Book of the YearA Seattle Times Top Ten Best Book of the YearA New York Times Notable Book of the Year In 2003, The Washington Post s Anthony Shadid went to war in Iraq, but not as an embedded journalist Born and raised in Oklahoma, of Lebanese descent, Shadid, a fluent Arabic speaker, has spent the last three years dividing his time between Washington, D.C and Baghdad The only journalist to win a Pulitzer Prize for his extraordinary coverage of Iraq, Shadid is also the only writer to describe the human story of ordinary Iraqis weathering the unexpected impact of America s invasion and occupation Through the moving stories of individual Iraqis, Shadid shows how Saddam s downfall paved the way not just for hopes of democracy but also for the importation of jihad and the rise of a bloody insurgency A superb reporter s book, wrote Seymour Hersh Night Draws Near is, according to Mark Danner, essential.

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    • Tinea says:

      [Updated 16 Feb: I just learned that Anthony Shadid passed away in Syria today, from an asthma attack caused by an allergy to the horses he used to smuggle himself across the border from Turkey. This man was one of the greatest journalists of our time. His craft was not just based on complete fearlessness and ability to maneuver himself anywhere, but also his focused attention to diverse and silenced sources, centering the narratives of women, youth, the poor, and others typically left out of th [...]

    • Daniel Villines says:

      So often, the greater part of our nation sees its conflicts through information that focuses on positive results rather than the actual and current state-of-affairs. The Stars and Stripes fly in front of doorways; we’re captivated by red-tinted aerial images with crosshairs lined up on buildings that disappear in silent symmetrical clouds of dust; and if troops are lost in the conflict, then they certainly died in an effort to keep America free.The choice to use our armed forces to enact US po [...]

    • Kerryevelyn says:

      I'm usually wary of accounts of Western journalists claiming to 'reveal' the 'real' Middle East, but this book is completely different. It's among the best books I've read about the contemporary Middle East, definitely the best book I've read on Iraq, hands down. Knowledgeable but not to the point of pontification, Shadid, a CASA Arabic graduate and a Lebanese American, does what it (ironically) seems like so few people have honestly done: actually asks the Iraqi people how they feel about the s [...]

    • Mikey B. says:

      A Must ReadFor anyone interested in the Iraqi war and its' continuing aftermath.This book is particularly gripping because the author focuses on the impact the last few years (2005) have had on the people of Iraq and the city of Baghdad. He examines the war from the lens of Iraq, not that of Washington. The dichotomy of this war - Washington vis-a-vis Iraq - is exposed. The war is at the same time a liberation and an occupation. The effects of that occupation are detailed by Shadid: foreign tank [...]

    • Suzanne says:

      This is a heartbreaking and thought-provoking look at the first year of the American occupation of Iraq. The author tells the stories of the civilians - their fears, their frustrations, their deprivations. It's a balanced account, representing people with varying views on life under Sadaam and the 13 years of sanctions before the war. Unfortunately, even the most wildly optimistic and pro-American Iraqis,become disheartened by the inability of the Americans to provide security or even the most b [...]

    • Alexis Ohanian says:

      Anthony Shadid, a Lebanese American, reports on the Iraq war from the perspective of a range of everyday Iraqi citizens. This was everything I'd hoped it to be -- a riveting account that goes a long way toward illustrating what "everyday life" at war is like. For someone like me, who cannot begin to conceive of such an existence, this was quite insightful. Particularly given the access Shadid has to Iraqis from a variety of classes and professions, the interviews they give -- being read now, wit [...]

    • Sarah Finch says:

      I started reading this the day after the news broke that its author, Anthony Shadid, had died in Syria. Shadid wrote a wonderful book that is a testament to his dedication as a journalist, as well as to his compassion as a person. As an American reading about the beginning of Operation Iraqi Freedom and the subsequent insurgency -- with almost a decade of hindsight -- I found myself frustrated and enraged.

    • John says:

      As a veteran of few tours in Iraq and especially as an infantry veteran--these are the stories I never had the time to hear or really understand in 2003 when I first set foot in Iraq and even as I left for my first time as well.The stories are both true and amazing, this work will move you.

    • Nadia says:

      More like three and a half.So I should probably review this before I forget everything. I avoided reading journalist or new political books about the last Iraq war for a really long time and I can't really remember what made me pick this one up. I've always enjoyed Shadid's articles, which I first became familiar with around 2006, and this book covers from just before the start of the war upto the elections of 2005.Some parts of this are really touching. My favourite is the prologue right before [...]

    • Bob Uva says:

      I'm about one-third through this book and feel compelled to start writing about it. This is the story of the war in Iraq and its aftermath from the point of view of the people of Iraq, on the ground, innocent, and helpless. The late Anthony Shadid "embedded" himself, not in the military ranks, but among the helpless people of Baghdad as the war began and throughout its aftermath. He skillfully embued his story through the stories of ordinary, and some extraordinary, Iraqis who lived through the [...]

    • JoanneClarke Gunter says:

      This is the book to read if you want to know exactly how it was in Iraq shortly before and in the days, weeks, months, and years after the United States invaded and occupied Iraq. Anthony Shadid was there. He saw it. He lived it. He got to know and interviewed many average Iraqi people (both Sunni and Shiite)and this book chronicles those interviews and the opinions of the civilian Iraqi people on being invaded and occupied by the United States. It can be summed up in this way: many (not all) we [...]

    • John Jackson says:

      A responsible piece of book journalism. Shadid writes fluently and precisely about a scale of the Iraqi war experience that no one else seems to have heeded at all. The opening chapters depict a Baghdad echoingly silent and tense in the days before the invasion that feels at once real and almost too perfectly foreboding. Shadid's self-awareness is critical to the effect of the novel. Time and again, he stumbles over the things he himself didn't see or didn't read correctly. He gets humbling less [...]

    • Justin says:

      A powerful book with vivid encounters with the people of Iraq. A must read for anyone who desires a nuanced understanding of the complexity of Iraq. The book only covers the first two years of the war, but shows where America made mistakes and lost this war. The US failed to capture the hearts and minds of the people when it had the chance. The Iraqi people were willing to give the Americans a chance to deliver on their pre-war promises, but after a year the power still was not on, the streets w [...]

    • Sam says:

      I love the way Shadid let's his interviewees speak for themselves. He doesn't editorialize the hell out it. This book is the best inside look at the disparate views that Iraqis hold toward the US invasion and occupation and how they have evolved. We love to lump all of them into one nice and neat group and think of them as for us or against us, peaceful or blood thirsty. Iraq is so complex and the administration had no idea what they were getting into. It is amusing to go back to 2003 and read q [...]

    • Karen says:

      I really enjoyed this. Shadid tries to be very balanced, and for the most part, succeeds. He sees problems with both the Americans and Iraqis, admitting that the divide between the two groups might just be too wide to cross.My only complaint, if it can even be called that, there are so many people that I sometimes got them mixed up. Once I figured out who they were, I appreciated the different views. My heart went out to Amal, a young teen-age girl who shared her diary with Shadid. If only more [...]

    • Jess says:

      I read this book for a class called America's 21st Century Wars; it was selected to provide students with a different perspective on how the war in Iraq has affected Iraqi citizens and society. Written by a Lebanese American, it may surprise people in how not biased it is. Shadid interviews people from all backgrounds, classes, and perspectives. He provides quite good coverage of people's experiences and emotions during the invasion and occupation. I'd recommend this to anyone who's interested i [...]

    • Beth says:

      I am very glad that I read this book. It gives a sensitive view of the people -- individual people and families -- that were victimized by the ravages of what followed the reign of Sadam Hossein. The author does not offer opinions. He does not take sides. He talks about the people that he came to know during his stay in Iraq. His driver and guide, a family of a mother and 4 daughters who are barely surviving day to day, people who were rich, people who were poor, Shiites, SunnisI recommend this [...]

    • Miste says:

      This book was on Newsweeks 50 books you should read so I read it. Even though it was not suprising it still made me angry. Another lost opportunity for America just like Afghanistan. If you start a war to depose a dictator then you should have a plan for what you are going to do after you have deposed that dictator--and we didn't. It was doomed from the start it seems like. We didn't/don't understand their culture at all it appears. I had a hard time getting through it. I don't think it was real [...]

    • Kristina says:

      This isn't a political book as much as it is an exploration of the people of Iraq and the problems they face. The invasion by the USA didn't help and just added to their misery and made their problems worse. Very sad at times and I feel much compassion for the people. Guilt by association since I am an American.

    • Anne Donohoe says:

      Just started thiseded a broccoli book. It was a recommendation from my Dad.Finished it! Took me all year - slowly reading a chapter at a time- but it felt important. This is a look a the Iraq war from the Iraqi people's amazing - between this book and the war see on the news- you would think they are 2 separate wars! Wish every member of congress would read this.

    • siga says:

      am listening to this incredible book on tape. anthony shadid draws his audience into the neighborhoods and daily lives of prewar iraq. shadid is a gifted journalist who is passionate without taking sides in describing events that have become history. well worth reading for any and all to understand more of what a mess of peoples' lives the invasion to get rid of saddam hussein made.

    • Abe says:

      If anyone wants to know the result of America’s invasion of Iraq, he/she should read this book. The author, a renowned journalist, writes about the personal tragedy of Iraqis during and after the invasion. This book gives the reader much insight about an unjust war and the actions of the occupier that reflect on the aggressor nation. Does forcing democracy on a nation work?

    • Steve says:

      An excellent book about the US invasion of Iraq, told from the Iraqi people's point of view. The book is divided into sections detailing life in Baghdad, largely, before the invasion, during the invasion, the aftermath of the invasion, and the insurgency.This book is a prime example of what excellent journalism can be.

    • Florence says:

      Confined to the green zone, a small secure space in Baghdad, american military personnel carry out their uncertain mission. America invaded the country with an ignorance of its culture and its people. Once the invasion was launched, america blew the chance to actually help the Iraqi people and restore peace in the country.

    • Michael says:

      An important and captivating look at the lives of common people in Iraq, a group so cruelly neglected by the media and altogether left out of the American story of the war, Shadid's book is essential reading for anyone who pays his/her taxes.

    • Chris says:

      Solid (if now slightly outdated) look at the state of Iraq, from a perspective Westerners don't normally get. Felt a lot more knowledgeable about Arabic/Islamic history and mindset after reading this.

    • Katlin says:

      This a memoir of an American journalist who went to Iraq a few months before the 2003 US invasion, and stayed for the year that followed. He interviewed and formed relationships with people all over the country-- of every sect and class, and his anecdotes really help to humanize the conflict.

    • Fatma says:

      Reading it was a breath-taking experience but listening to Shadid reading from his book was magical i saw him not reading from the book it was his feelings he was back to Iraq every time he start reading a paragraph magical ,,,

    • Hurston says:

      Perspective of an Arabic speaking US born journalist who covers the war in Iraq, interviews families there, and shares the feelings and needs of the Iraqi people.

    • Mfalco65 says:

      Gorgeous prose really brings Iraqis to life. This should be required reading.

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