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Martyrs' Day: Chronicle of a Small War

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In this classic account of the Gulf War from all sides of the conflict, Michael Kelly brings Operation Desert Storm to vivid life. He watches bombs fall on Baghdad; waits for Scud attacks in Tel Aviv, hears horrific tales of rape and torture in Kuwait, and travels with Kurdish rebels at war with Saddam Hussein themselves. In the new foreword and afterword, Kelly places the ...more
Paperback, 384 pages
Published December 26th 2001 by Vintage (first published March 29th 1994)
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Feb 29, 2008 Suzanne rated it it was amazing
Bought this book after reading the late Michael Kelly's accounts of the war in the newspaper. He was an excellent journalist and this is an outstanding work which brought insight into the continual struggles in the Mideast. I learned more about Iraq from his account than I had from any other source. His death there a few years ago, is so sad.
Apr 16, 2013 Eliza rated it really liked it
4/16/2013: I know so little about the Middle East and the United States' presence there over the last 20 years, and the best part of this book is that it made me want to read more about it. Written during Kelly's travels through Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Israel, and Egypt, during the Gulf War in 1991, this chronicle strikes a wonderful balance between the facts and numbers, stories from all the people he talked to, and his opinions of what was happening.

Kelly is an amazing journalist, able to descri
Sep 30, 2015 Susan rated it it was amazing
A remarkable book about humanity and inhumanity in the first Iraq war.Saddam Hussein was indeed a monster.Michael Kelly was the first embedded journalist killed in the second Iraq war.He is sorely missed.
Apr 14, 2013 Steve rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a recap of the travels of the author around the Middle East during the first Gulf War. He begins in Iraq, followed by Jordan, Israel, Egypt and Saudi Arabia, before entering Kuwait with the Arab forces. He completes the book by revisiting the Iraqi capital, Baghdad, a year later and reporting on the worsening conditions there. A very detailed look at an almost forgotten war. Kelly later died during the 2003 invasion of Iraq.
Aug 21, 2008 Alan rated it it was amazing
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I read this shortly after it came out in the early nineties and again after the author was killed covering the Iraq War. Its an enlightening look at the results of war on an underdeveloped country. Its balanced and brutal. His descriptions of the highway of death left me shaken. I would recommend this today as strongly as I would have (more so probably) when it was first published.
Jun 05, 2007 Daniel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
Account by a journalist who snuck into the combat areas of Iraq during the first gulf war. ends up in Kurdistan when they revolt, but no US forces show up.
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Sep 21, 2008 I. J. rated it it was amazing
This book is the reason I went into the journalism program at the university. Kelly's death is one of the great tragedies of the current Iraq war.
May 27, 2008 Ed rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This made a big impression on me in '93. I was sorry to part ideological ways with Kelly in his later years.
Mar 06, 2007 Ethan rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2006
Not enough character development. Too jumpy. More travel writing than war reporting.
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Michael Kelly is a freelance contributor to The Irish Times. He writes columns including ‘My Big Week’ and ‘What’s On’ for the Irish Times Magazine, ‘A New Life’ in the Health supplement and ‘The Irishman’s Diary’. His column ‘Giving Up’ in the Irish Times Magazine saw him forsake each week some of the essentials of modern life electricity, mobile phone, shaving, coffee etc. He also writes for The ...more
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