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Blinded by the Sunlight: Surviving Abu Ghraib and Saddam's Iraq

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Here was a prison where healthy men would beg hospital patients to spit into their mouths so that they could contract a disease and get a comfortable bed in the hospital ward. Inside these walls was a system of spying, paranoia, and punitive violence that was a distillation of the society that lay beyond the walls. For eight terrifying days in March 2003, while Baghdad was ...more
Paperback, 304 pages
Published March 1st 2005 by Harper Paperbacks (first published 2004)
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Justin Rose
Sep 09, 2012 Justin Rose rated it it was amazing
McAllester's experience is told in terms of people, not numbers, enemies, and military lingo. Being a war vet, I am cautious about war books trying to fit in a niche, or trying to make a point. This author was honest about his own personal changes, and how he perceived his circumstances and the people around him. I am grateful to Mr. McAllester for putting in words what many of us experience when placed in foreign cultures and circumstances.
Nick
Jul 29, 2010 Nick rated it really liked it
Although the author's weeklong imprisonment in Abu Ghraib, inspired this book, it really cover's the experiences of the Iraqi people under Saddam's rule. The author's interviews with both, the Iraqi prisoner's and the regime's interrogators was very interesting.
Delphina Clark
An interesting read. I've heard about the extent to which the Hussein regime was paranoid about betrayal and spying but I was not aware that this persisted up to and even past the time when Baghdad was invaded.
Emily Johnson
Sep 17, 2012 Emily Johnson rated it it was amazing
Matt was my professor in journalism school and he's the real deal. Fantastic storyteller and journalist. He took a traumatizing personal experience and used it to illustrate the horror faced by all Iraqis. Definitely a worthwhile read.
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